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Seeing / Hearing / Speaking - Realizing the words by Jacques Derrida

Year: 2002, 33 mins
Code: TI-Realizing
ISBN: 978-4-901181-06-8

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A multimedia/interactive piece in two parts: a new video, "Seeing/ Hearing / Speaking" (2002), and three other related videos:"Talking to Myself" (1978, revised in 2001), "Talking in New York"(1981, revised in 2001) and "Talking to Myself at PS1" (1985).

"Based on a sentence taken from a seminal book by the French philosopher, Jacques Derrida, 'Speech and Phenomena' (translated by David B. Allison), I produced the first video 'Talking to Myself' in 1978 (revised in 2001). The video was highly appreciated as 'the strongest, most effective statement one could make from the work of Derrida' by Professor Allison. The sentence I quoted, that Derrida calls 'phenomenological essence' appears in the translation as I hear myself at the same time that I speak."
- 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

Award: Honorable Mention, Video, NAP Video Biennial, Lehigh Valley and Berks, USA.

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