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New York Day And Night

Year: 1989, 56 mins
Code: TI-New
ISBN: 978-4-901181-32-7

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"This is not a sight seeing film but a poetic journey through light and darkness reflected on the city of New York where I often found empty spaces and times like Ma in Japanese . You do not often see the people walking on the streets or in the buildings. But you may feel the air and the light are coming and going. It's not a deserted city, but full of energy that is there even without the people. You see the wind is blowing as the bubbles are floating over Wall Street, then up, up to the sky. The Sun sets under the Washington Bridge where all the cars are running slowly like ants shot from afar. The night falls down among the skyscrapers yet the horizon is still light. Suddenly people are….." - Takahiko Iimura

Music by Takehisa Kosugi
Played by Michael Pugliese and Takehisa Kosugi

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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