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Experiments in New York

Year: 1967-1984, 31 mins
Code: TI-Exp
ISBN: 978-4-901181-29-7

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A collection of videos in various different styles which concerns with New York as the object and/or the subject responding to the request by the Donnel Library in New York.

"New York Scenes" (1967) is sketches of certain scenes and portraits including, a famous filmmaker, Jack Smith with his film "Flaming Creatures." Made with one scene per chapter, consisting of five chapters. "New York Hot Springs" (1984) is scenes of steam coming out of various streets of New York, a typical scene in winter, in repeated cycles of short shots. Though the scenes are shot at the same locations, the timings are differed slightly in every cycle. "Talking in New York (Realizing the words of Jacques Derrida)" (1981) is a kind of first person cinema in which iimura voices and listens to himself on the streets of New York speaking a same sentence by French philosopher, Jacques Derrida, what he calls "phenomenological essence," in Japanese and English." - Takahiko iimura

Since the 1960s, Takahiko iimura’s explorations of the moving image have probed the relationship between media, time and language and have strived to redefine the exhibition of cinema as a mode of performance. He has worked closely with the giants of experimental film such as members of the Hi-Red Centre and Fluxus, Yoko Ono, Jonas Mekas, John Cage, Stan Brakhage and Stan Vanderbeek. His uncompromising work, here presented on DVD, bridges boundaries between film and performance art. "Although Taka was and continues to be an active part of the New York avant-garde scene, he always remained an enigmatic, mysterious presence, pursuing his own unique route through the very center of the avant-garde cinema. While the intensity and the fire of the American avant-garde film movement inspired him and attracted him, his Japanese origins contributed decisively to his uncompromising explorations of cinema's minimalist and conceptualist possibilities. He has explored this direction of cinema in greater depth than anyone else." – Jonas Mekas “From the early sixties, though Japanese, Iimura was well known as one of the first generation of the New York Underground ... For many years, Japanese experimental film was Takahiko Iimura” - Malcolm Le Grice

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