Takahiko Iimura City-Wide Retrospective including shows at Filmforum on March 1 & 8

FILMMAKER/ARTIST TAKAHIKO IIMURA APPEARING
IN LOS ANGELES CITY-WIDE RETROSPECTIVE, FEBRUARY 27 – MARCH 9, 2009

The Japanese filmmaker and artist Takahiko Iimura will be the subject of an unprecedented ten-day multi-venue celebration in Southern California, with Iimura in person, from February 27 to March 9, 2009.  This series of events was organized by Adam Hyman of Los Angeles Filmforum and made possible by a grant from the Japan Foundation.

Iimura will make in-person public appearances at Los Angeles Filmforum, the UCLA Film & Television Archive, REDCAT, the University of Southern California East Asian Studies Center and School of Cinematic Arts, Cal Arts Bijou Theatre, and UC Irvine.  He will also be conducting student workshops at UCLA and USC.

Takahiko Iimura

Takahiko Iimura

“To review all of Iimura’s work is an important occasion for all who are concerned with the development and pleasures of cinema as an art.” — Jonas Mekas (Director, Anthology Film Archives, New York)

Takahiko Iimura is considered one of the most influential and important experimental filmmakers of our time. In an era of the explosion of Underground Film in the States, Iimura, almost alone in Tokyo, began making experimental film just reading the news from abroad without actually seeing them. His work explores wide range of experiments from poetic cinema with Dadaist and Surrealist influence and Absurdist filmic play in the 1960’s through more formal and conceptual investigations in the 1970’s and the later. He is also a widely established international artist, having numerous exhibitions including installation and performance in Japan, the USA, and Europe.

One of his early films, “Onan”, was awarded Special Prize at the legendary Brussels International Experimental Film Festival, l964.  He has continued working through the present, creating a fruitful and far-ranging oeuvre in multiple manifestations exploring light, space, time, nature, semiology, philosophy, and technology with the background of Japanese arts.  Recently he has been involved in using the computer, publishing multimedia CD-ROMs/DVDs combining film, video, graphics, text, and animation.  http://www.takaiimura.com/

Takahiko Iimura will be in person at ALL screenings.  The series was organized by Adam Hyman of Los Angeles Filmforum.  This is an unparalleled example of cooperation among Southern California screening organizations and universities.  Full program notes for the Filmforum shows to be posted separately.
These programs supported by a grant from the Japan Foundation.    japan-fdn-new_logo http://www.jflalc.org/

Los Angeles Filmforum is the city’s longest-running organization that screens non-commercial experimental and avant-garde films and video art, documentaries, and animation. 2009 is its 33rd year.

SUMMARY OF EVENTS

Friday Feb 27, 7:30 pm – Venue: UCLA Film & Television Archive at the Billy Wilder Theater
Admission $10 general online, $9 general at window, $8 students/seniors/Cineclub members
The Billy Wilder Theater is located in the Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd., at the northeast corner of the intersection of Wilshire and Westwood Blvds., just east of the 405. Parking is $3 in the lot under the theater. Enter from Westwood Blvd., just north of Wilshire.

http://www.cinema.ucla.edu/public/calendar/calendar_f.html

“FILM POEMS”: 1960-70s
Iro (Colors)  (1962, 16mm (8mm Blow Up), color, Music: Yasunao Tone, 12 min.)
Taka and Ako (1966, 16mm (8mm Blow Up), b/w, silent, 16FPS, 15 min.)
White Calligraphy  (1967, 16mm, b/w, silent, 11 min.)
Kiri (Fog)  (1970, 16mm (8mm Blow Up), b/w, silent, 16FPS, 7 min.)
Film Strips I  (1970, 16mm, b/w, silent, 11.5 min.)
Film Strips II  (1970, 16mm, b/w, silent, 13.5 min.)
The Pacific Ocean  (1971, 16mm (8mm Blow Up), color, silent, 16FPS, 13 min.)
Total 83 min.

Sunday March 1, 7:00 pm– Venue: Los Angeles Filmforum (at the Egyptian Theater)
Admission $10 general, $6 students/seniors, free for Filmforum members
At the Egyptian theatre, 6712 Hollywood Blvd. at Las Palmas, Los Angeles CA 90028
Parking on streets, or validated, 4 hours for $2 at the City lot at the Hollywood & Highland complex

http://lafilmforum.wordpress.com/

For reservations, email the name & number in your party to lafilmforum@yahoo.com

On Eye Rape

On Eye Rape

“60s EXPERIMENTS”: Early experimental films from 60s
Kuzu (Junk) (1962, 16mm, b/w, sound, Music: Takehisa Kosugi, 10 min.)
Ai (Love) (1962, 16mm, b/w, sound by Yoko Ono, 15 min.)
On Eye Rape (1962, 16mm, b/w, silent, 10 min.)
A Dance Party in the Kingdom of Lilliput No. 1 (1964, 16mm, b/w, sound, 14 min.)
Onan (1963, 16mm, B/W, 7min., Music: Yasunao Tone)

“EARLY CONCEPTUAL VIDEOS” (DVD, 23 min. total) – Early conceptual videos from 70s (DVD)
Includes A Chair (1970, 6 min.), Blinking (1970, 2 min.), Time Tunnel (1971, 5 min.) Man and Woman (1971, 2 min.), Visual Logic (and Illogic) (1977, 8 min.)
Total 72 min.

Tuesday March 3, 7:00 pm – Venue: The California Institute of the Arts (Bijou Theater)
California Institute of the Arts – 24700 McBean Parkway, Valencia, CA 91355 (661) 255.1050
Exit on McBean Parway on the 5 North, then turn to the right on McBean.
Admission Free
From “60s EXPERIMENTS”:
Kuzu (Junk) (1962, 16mm, b/w, sound, Music: Takehisa Kosugi, 10 Min.)
Ai (Love) (1962, 16mm, b/w, sound by Yoko Ono, 15 Min.,)

Ai (Love)

Ai (Love)

On Eye Rape (1962, 16mm, b/w, silent, 10 Min.)
A Dance Party in the Kingdom of Lilliput No. 1 (1964, 16mm, b/w, sound, 14 Min.)

PERFORMANCE/MYSELF (Or Video Identity) (1972-1995, DVD, 7 pieces, total 29 min.) which includes
Self Identity (1972, 1 min. extract)
Double Identity (1979, 1.5 min. extract)
Double Portrait ( 1973-1987, 5 min.)
I Love You (1973-1987, 4.5 min.)
This Is A Camera Which Shoots This (1982-1995, 5 min.)
As I See You You See Me (1990-1995, 7 min.)
I Am A Viewer, You Are A Viewer (1981, 4 min.)
Total: 78 min.

Wednesday March 4, 12:00 pm – Venue: UC IRVINE
Admission Free
UC Irvine Humanities Instructional Building 135
Programs Sponsored by the UCI Center for Asian Studies and the UCI  Program in Visual Studies.
For further information about the Irvine shows. Please email jmhall@uci.edu

Map: Download a free UCI Campus map at: http://www.uci.edu/campusmap
Directions: From the 405 or I-5, exit Jamboree and go west. Turn LEFT on Campus Dr. Turn RIGHT onto the UCI Campus at W. Peltason Drive. The Pereira  Parking Structure is on your left and the Humanities Instructional Building is right in front of you.
From SR73, exit University Dr. and go EAST. Turn RIGHT on Campus Dr.
Turn RIGHT onto the UCI Campus at W. Peltason Drive. The Pereira  Parking Structure is on your left.
Parking is available in the Pereira Parking Structure.

New York Day and Night

New York Day and Night

“LANDSCAPE FILMS-WORKS FROM THE 1980s”
Air’s Rock – [DVD, including Moments at the Rock, (1984, color, sound, 12 min.) and A Rock in the Light (1985/2008, 18 min. Music: Haruyuki Suzuki, 2008)]
New York Hotsprings (1984, DVD, b/w, 10 min. Part of Experiments in New York)
New York Day and Night  (1989, DVD, color, Music: Takehisa Kosugi, 58 min.)
Total:  90 min.

Wednesday March 4, 8:00 pm – Venue: UC IRVINE
Admission Free
UC Irvine Humanities Hall 178
Programs Sponsored by the UCI Center for Asian Studies and the UCI Program in Visual Studies.
Map: Download a free UCI Campus map at: http://www.uci.edu/campusmap
Directions: From the 405 or I-5, exit Jamboree and go west. Turn LEFT on Campus  Dr. Turn RIGHT onto the UCI Campus at W. Peltason Drive. The Pereira  Parking Structure is on your left and the Humanities Instructional Building is right in front of you.
From SR73, exit University Dr. and go EAST. Turn RIGHT on Campus Dr.
Turn RIGHT onto the UCI Campus at W. Peltason Drive. The Pereira  Parking Structure is on your left.
Parking is available in the Pereira Parking Structure.

Selections from “FILM POEMS”: 1960-70s
Iro (Colors)  (1962, 16mm (8mm Blow Up), color, Music: Yasunao Tone, 12min.)
Taka and Ako (1966, 16mm(8mm Blow Up), black and white, silent, 16FPS, 15 min.)
White Calligraphy  (1967, 16mm, black and white, silent, 11 min.)
Kiri (Fog)  (1970, 16mm(8mm Blow Up), black and white, silent, 16FPS, 7 min.)
Film Strips I  (1970, 16mm, black and white, silent, 11.5 min.)

Onan (1963, 16mm, B/W, 7min., Music: Yasunao Tone)

And from early conceptual videos:
PERFORMANCE/MYSELF (Or Video Identity) ( 1972-1995, DVD, 7 pieces, total 29 min.) which includes
Self Identity (1972, 1 min. extract)
Double Identity (1979, 1.5 min.extract)
Double Portrait ( 1973-1987, 5 min.)
I Love You (1973-1987, 4.5 min.)
This Is A Camera Which Shoots This (1982-1995, 5 min.)
As I See You You See Me (1990-1995, 7 min.)
I Am A Viewer, You Are A Viewer (1981, 4 min.)

Thursday March 5, 2:30 –  Venue: University of Southern California

Social Sciences Building, room B-40
Free and open to the public.  Reception for filmmaker at 5 PM, followed by USC Cinematheque screening at 7 PM.  Social Sciences Building is central on campus, across from Taper Hall.
Campus map (F4): http://www.usc.edu/private/about/visit_usc/USC_UPC_map_color.pdf
Parking is available for $8. Enter campus through Gate #3 off of Figueroa St. and USC McCarthy Way. Off-campus metered parking is also available on Jefferson Blvd. and Figueroa St.
For more information and to RSVP for the workshop, please send email to eascrsvp@usc.edu or call 213-740-2991.
Program Sponsored by the East Asian Studies Center

A WORKSHOP & PRESENTATION WITH “MA: A JAPANESE CONCEPT” (DVD)
Ma: Space/Time In The Garden Of Ryoan-Ji (1989, 16mm, Color, Music: Takehisa Kosugi, 16 min.)
The Making Of “Ma” In Ryoan-Ji (1989, B/W and Color, 8 min., Sound);
Ma : The Stones Have Moved (2004, B/W and Color, 10 min., Silent);
Ma (Intervals) (1977, B&W and Color, 10 min., Excerpt out of 22 min.,)
Total 44 min

Thursday March 5, 7:00 pm  – Venue: University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts (Cinematheque 108 Theater, George Lucas Building, 1st floor)
Admission free

“WORKS FROM THE LATE 1960s – EARLY1970s”
Filmmakers (1969, 28min., Portrait of filmmakers: Andy Warhol, Stan Vanderbeek, Stan Brackage, Jonas Mekas, Jack Smith, and Takahiko Iimura)
In the River (1971, 16mm, color, sound, 12min/revised, 2009)
Shutter (1971, 16mm, b/w, Music: Keijiro Satoh,  25min.)
1 To 60 Seconds  (1973, 16mm, b/w, 31min.)
Total 96min.

Sunday March 8, 7:00 pm – Venue: Los Angeles Filmforum (at the Egyptian Theater)
Admission $10 general, $6 students/seniors, free for Filmforum members
At the Egyptian theatre, 6712 Hollywood Blvd. at Las Palmas, Los Angeles CA 90028
Parking on streets, or validated, 4 hours for $2 at the City lot at the Hollywood & Highland complex

http://lafilmforum.wordpress.com/

For reservations, email the name & number in your party to lafilmforum@yahoo.com

Aiueonn

Aiueonn

“RECENT WORKS”
John Cage Performs James Joyce (1985, DVD, color, 15min, Music: John Cage)
Aiueonn Six Features (1982-1994,DVD, 15 min.)
Observer/Observed and Other Works of Video Semiology (1976 (First Version), B/W, DVD, 22 min,)
Seeing / Hearing / Speaking (2002, DVD, b/w, 33 min.)
I Am (Not) Seen (2003, DVD, color, 5min. Music; Makoto Sato)
Total 90 min.

I Am (Not) Seen

I Am (Not) Seen

Monday March 9, 8:30 pm – Venue: REDCAT (Roy & Edna Disney Cal Arts Theatre)
Admission $9 general, $7 students, $5 Cal Arts students, faculty& staff
REDCAT is located in the heart of downtown Los Angeles at 631 W. 2nd St., on the northeast corner of the intersection with Hope St. We are housed in the Walt Disney Concert Hall complex but have our own separate street entrance on 2nd St.
Tickets may be purchased by calling 213.237.2800 or at http://www.redcat.org or in person at the REDCAT Box Office on the corner of 2nd and Hope Streets (30 minutes free parking with validation). Box Office Hours: Tue-Sat | noon–6 pm and two hours prior to curtain.
Funded in part with generous support from Wendy Keys and Donald Pels.

“ON TIME IN FILM, 1970s”
2 Min. 46 Sec. 16 Frames (100feet) (from Model, Reel 1, 1972, 16mm, black and white, sound, 9 min,)
24 Frames Per Second (1975, 16mm, B&W, 12 min.)
Timed 1,2,3 (from Models, Reel 1, 1972, 16mm, B/W, 11 min., Sound)
One Frame Duration (1977, 16mm, B/W, 12 min., Sound)
+ & – (Plus and Minus) (1973, 16mm, B/W, 26 min, Sound)
I Am (Not) Seen (2003, DVD, color, 5 min. Music; Makoto Sato)
Total 75 min.

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