ZIPANGU FEST TO HOST FILMS BY STAR OF JAPAN’S CONTEMPORARY EXPERIMENTAL SCENE TAKASHI MAKINO, AND OTHERS
November screenings at London’s ICA and Café Oto of Takashi Makino’s films, featuring soundtracks by Jim O’Rourke and Machinefabriek
Four films by the leading light of Japan’s contemporary experimental scene, Takashi Makino, will be screened at this year’s Zipangu Fest (18-24 November 2011). Three of Makino’s abstract visual odysseys – with soundtracks by avant garde musicians Jim O’Rourke and Machinefabriek – will be shown at London’s Institute of Contemporary Arts on Saturday 19 November as part of a programme entitled Enter the Cosmos, while the fourth will be screened at Zipangu Fest’s benefit night for the Japan disaster fund to be held at Café Oto in Dalston on 22 November.
Come and enjoy a fine spectrum of experimental moving image works from Japan, for a good cause! The benefit night at Café Oto in Dalston (18-22 Ashwin St, London E8 3DL) – Nippon Re-read Radical Fragments and Abstractions from Japan I and II – will also include experimental works from the late 1960s by Takahiko Iimura and Toshio Matsumoto, as well as recent films by Tomonari Nishikawa and Shiho Kano. Organised by Zipangu Fest’s Julian Ross, the programme was curated by Aily Nash and Nine Eglantine Yamamoto-Masson of Kinema Nippon.
The films in this two-part programme range from late 60s to contemporary works. Although varying greatly in their formal and aesthetic concerns, the works all rigorously reexamine the everyday through their respective experiments and innovations in their medium.
Abstractions of the mundane are seen in the graphic films in Programme I, which deal directly with the materiality of their medium rather than focusing on a visual referent. In White Calligraphy Re-Read (1967), Takahiko Iimura activates the Japanese characters of the Kojiki, the earliest Japanese historical chronicle, by deconstructing text into its constitutive graphic ciphers. These works, including Lika (2007) by Stom Sogo, and Still in Cosmos (2009) by Takashi Makino, direct the attention of the viewer to the pictorial, emphasizing more painterly concerns, digital and celluloid textures, the visceral correlation of sound and image, and of flatness versus representational depth.
The works in Programme II offer a poetic investigation into the fragmentary experience of the quotidian by eschewing narrative and rendering cultural images and references to unveil the uncanny within the familiar. Tomonari Nishikawa’s in-camera manipulation of bustling metro hubs in Shibuya-Tokyo and Tokyo-Ebisu (2010), as well as Shiho Kano’s pensive meditations on quintessential Japanese subjects form a counterpoint to Toshio Matsumoto’s split-screen filmic hallucination of the late-60s underground, For the Damaged Right Eye (1969).
Doors open at 7.30pm. An admission fee of £5 will be charged on the door, and all proceeds the benefit night will go towards Japan disaster relief, via Japanisch-Deutsches Zentrum Berlin.
More details of the event can be found at http://zipangufest.com/events/2011/nippon-re-read-radical-fragments-and-abstractions-from-japan-i-ii.
*** We hope to have an added something extra special for the night, to be announced shortly ***