JPEX - Sex Underground

Saturday, November 6, 2004 - 3:30pm

A rare opportunity to see the most comprehensive survey of Japanese experimental cinema exhibited in North America in the last twenty years. JPEX documents the radical medium of postwar Japanese experimental film, video, and animation at its fiftieth anniversary. Five screenings, divided by theme, include the work of Ito Takashi, Tanaami Keiichi, Matsumoto Toshio and many others. To provide a public forum for the discussion of the political, aesthetic, and social interventions made by these visual works, the screenings will be followed by a roundtable discussion on Saturday, November 6th.

These films and videos featured in the Sex Underground screening rebel against workaday conventions of gender, sexuality, the body, and subjectivity. Utilizing theatrical traditions and a powerful performative agency, their makers subvert and then reconfigure sexual difference, queer subjectivity, and gender performativity. These works collectively suggest unexpected yet open pathways for desire and subjectivity. Curated by Jonathan M. Hall and Michelle Puetz.

Screening List
APPARATUS M (Ito Takashi, 1996, color, silent, 6 min.)
FEEDBACK (Kawanaka Nobuhiro, 1973, b/w, silent, 8 min.)
INNER-MAN (Idemitsu Mako, 1972, color, sound, 4 min.)
DEAD YOUTH (Donald Richie, 1967, b/w, sound, 13 min.)
AWANONO (Uehara Miho, 2003, color, sound, 3 min.)
AI (LOVE) (Iimura Takahiko, 1962, b/w, sound, 10 min.)
BABY VARIATIONS (Idemitsu Mako, 1974, color, sound, 9 min.)
I WANT YOU TO KISS ME (Imaizumi Koichi, 2004, color, 5 min.)
UTSU-MUSUME SAYURI (Kimura Takashi, 2003, color, 4 min.)
INVESTIGATION (Nakajima Takashi, 1984, color, 3 min.)
KOSOKU BOZU (Tamano Shin’ichi, 2002, color, 11 min.)
ENIGHTED BUT NOT BEGUN (Saito Yukie, 1994, b/w, 22 min.)
AN INTRODUCTION TO CINEMA FOR BOYS AND YOUNG MEN (Terayama Shuji, 1974, color, 3 min.)