2014年05月26日

日本の友人たちに:

日本の友人たちに:
先日、5/1にNYのAsia Art Archive in Americaで開かれた、In & Out of Japan: Documenting Travels in Japanese Experimental Film and Art 1960-1980
というテーマで報告した、日本の実験映像の研究者、ジュリアン・ロスに招かれて出席、彼の質問に答えて、初めてNYに来た1960年代後半の状況や経験を話した。
きっかけは当時日本に来たオノ・ヨーコが僕の「LOVE」(1962年)という実験映画を見て感動して、サイレントだった映画の音楽を作曲したばかりでなく、是非NYで見せなさいと言って、強く勧めたことだった。(お陰で、ジョナス・メカスは「美しくも、純粋の映画詩」という絶賛の言葉をビレッジ・ボイス紙に書いた)
当時の日本では無視されていたので(唯一の例外は映画評論編集長の佐藤重臣氏)、すぐにもNYに飛んだ話などを披露した。また、当時制作したぼくの「ニューヨーク・シーン」(1966年)も上映された。会場は満席で関心の大きさを覗かせるものだった。
以下はその会のネット記事で、写真は後にNYに来た佐藤重臣氏とのNYの映画作家協会にジョナス・メカスを訪ねた時のツーショット。壁には僕が組織したシネマテークでの日本の実験映画の上映ポスターなども見える。(飯村)
javascript:;iimura-sato-filmcoop-540x361-1.jpgThursday, May 1, 2014, 7-8pm
Asia Art Archive in America
43 Remsen Street (Ground floor entrance)
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Seating is limited. Please click here to RSVP.
Join us for a screening and presentation by Julian Ross, followed by discussion withTakahiko Iimura.
In the wake of the Second World War, many Japanese filmmakers and artists traveled to the United States and Europe to forge new encounters with other artists, curators and audiences. Revisiting these experiences and collaborations provides us with invaluable insights into not only the development of artistic practice but also where and how the works were shared and discussed. Julian Ross will share his recent research project exploring in what ways Japanese experimental films between 1960-1980 traveled overseas. The presentation will also introduce performative works by the Japanese artist Yukihisa Isobe and filmmaker Takahiko Iimura shown in New York in the 1960s, to explore the difficulties researchers face attempting to document works that, by their very nature, resist documentation.
Julian Ross is a researcher, curator and writer. Recently completing his PhD on Japanese expanded cinema at the University of Leeds, he has curated film series for Anthology Film Archives, Eye Film Institute, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and Close-Up Film Centre. He was an assistant curator for the touring retrospective series on the Art Theatre Guild of Japan at Museum of Modern Art, Pacific Film Archives and British Film Institute. He is the editor of Vertigo and his writing has appeared in Post, Desistfilm and Impure Cinema (I.B. Tauris 2014).
Takahiko Iimura is a filmmaker and artist who has lived between Tokyo and New York making film and video works for screenings, performances and installations since the 1960s. A pioneer of expanded cinema, film installations and video art in Japan, Iimura’s extensive body of work has screened at the Whitney Museum of American Art, Anthology Film Archives and the Centre Georges Pompidou. His works were shown at the recent exhibitions Tokyo 1955–1970: A New Avant-Garde at the Museum of Modern Art, New York and Experimental Grounds 1950s at the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo.
Image credit: Critic Jyūshin Satō (left) and filmmaker Takahiko Iimura (right) at the offices of New York Filmmakers’ Cooperative, 1966. Photographer unknown. Courtesy Takahiko Iimura.
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