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OBSERVER/OBSERVED and Other Works of Video Semiology

Year: 1975-98, 22 mins
Code: TI-Observer
ISBN: 10: 4-901181-20-6

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"This video trilogy of "Camera, Monitor, Frame", "Observer/Observed", and "Observer/Observed/Observer" creates a semiology of video as a work on video rather than a written text. Its main purpose is to study the structural relationships between video and language, in this case using the English language. I designed a system depicting the relationship between the observer and the person being observed using words such as "I" and "YOU" through a video feedback system as the basis. What concerns me is the structure of "seeing" involving both the observer and the observed through such devices as the sentence "I see you" being posited by a closed-circuit video system.
This trilogy of "Camera, Monitor, Frame", "Observer/Observed", and "Observer/Observed/Observer" is a remake of my 1975-76 version; it is shorter in length, but its original concept has not been changed."
- 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

Director's Citation Award, Edison Black Maria Film & Video Festival, 1998. Honorable Mention Award, Columbus Int'l Film & Video Festival,1998. Flagstaff Int'l Film/Video Festival, USA, 1999.
Bronze prize, New York Expo Film Festival, New York,2001.
Thaw 01 Festival, Iowa, and NAP Video Festival, N.J, 2001

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