Thursday, September 24, 2009

Measurement in the Impermanence

Contemporary Japanese Avant-Garde Film

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

co-curated by Tomonari Nishikawa & Vanessa O’Neill
presented in association with the Center for Asian American Media
[members: $7 / non-members: $10]
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In tandem with the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art visual arts exhibits The Provoke Era: Postwar Japanese Photography and Photography Now: China, Japan, Korea, Measurement in the Impermanence consists of contemporary Japanese experimental works that display an interest in the frame as a unit of time, constructed either sensuously or methodically, in order to produce ephemeral phenomena. The program includes Makino Takashi’s Resolution, Synthesis, Re-composition (with a score by Carl Stone), a voyage through a strata of images and sounds; Akira Mizuyoshi’s Like Flowing, Like Spinning, a lyrical visual of obscure images in motion; and Ryusuke Ito’s photogrammed sound and visual collage film A Flat, Split Reel. Stom Sogo’s Sync Up Element is a soothing flicker video with a refrain of illusory memories, while Ichiro Sueoka’s Marching On unveils a discovery of traditional customs and patterns in decay. Yo Ota’s Inclined Horizon is a playful visual choreographed by on-and-off time-lapse technique. Time-lapse in Takashi Ishida’s Reflection is utilized towards an investigation of the planet’s rotation to give birth to an organic creature on the interior. Yuiko Matsuyama’s Lens on Lens is an exploration in the world of flux and Daïchi Saïto’s Trees of Syntax, Leaves of Axis (with music by Malcolm Goldstein) provides a sensuous experience through a landscape in a different dimension. (Tomonari Nishikawa)

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