Sunday, October 26, 2014, 12:00 am

Makino Takashi: Space Noise

Makino Takashi In Person


55 Taylor Street

San Francisco CA 94102

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Makino Takashi is one of the most prolific and adventurous filmmakers working in Japan today and is known world wide for his complex, immersive and overwhelming film experiences. Treating image and sound as elements of equal importance, Makino produces immense and infinite non-narrative and abstract film works, at once cosmic and organic, which activate the screening space in powerful and dynamic suggestions of depth and infinity.

Makino Takashi’s immersive live media experiences are a transcendence into “physical unconsciousness.” Hallucinatory and experiential, Makino creates abstract cinematic worlds immersing the viewer like a grain of emulsion free falling in the corporeality of image forming materials. (Unconscious Archives, London)

Words feel woefully inadequate to describe Makino Takashi's practice, where the abstract is drawn out of the real through the layering of images, flickers of light and the perpetual movement of dots and grains. Screen space is redefined with a flattened image surface that engulfs our peripheral vision and feels deeper the closer we focus our eyes. …Makino's own sound collages not only accompany his visual cacophony but interweave to concoct a breathtaking audiovisual experience of transcendent measures. (Institute for Contemporary Art, London)

As part of a special West Coast tour, Makino Takashi appears in person to present and perform live soundtracks for two recent works: Space Noise, “a duel between the all-dominant immaculate digital and the irregular organic material dissolves in multiple layers of chaos,” and Phantom Nebula, “a changeable ethereal gaseous mass with no definite form” (S8: Mostra de Cinema Periférico). Completing the program is a visitation from intergalactic travelers Rubber(()Cement—featuring A-Gene-Rack and the CIMEVOX 30084—scrambling the screening with the confrontational chaos of hi-speed electronic cardboard!

Makino Takashi
Born in Tokyo in 1978. Makino began making films in 1997. In 2001, after graduating from the Cinema Department of Nihon University College of Art, where he majored in Cinematography, he went to London alone to study under the Quay Brothers. He mainly studied film music and lighting. Makino continued to make films after returning to Japan and has held solo screenings regularly since 2004. He met Jim OfRourke in 2005, which accelerated his film making pace. His film, No is E won the Terayama Shuji Prize at the Image Forum Festival 2007. Makino was prominently featured at the International Film Festival Rotterdam 2008, where Elements of Nothing was nominated for the Tiger Award. Since then, as Japanfs leading experimental film artist, his films have been invited for screenings at more than 30 international film festivals and video art festivals. His installation using 35mm film and HD was exhibited at the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography. In 2009, still in cosmos won the Grand-Prix at the 25FPS International Experimental Film & Video Festival 2009. His first medium-length film, The World, was premiered at a late show at the Kichijoji Baus Theatre in Tokyo, marking the new dawn of experimental films.

Program funded in part by a grant from The Japan Foundation, in partnership with Cinema Project, Portland, and Los Angeles FilmForum.