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Yoko Ono : This Is Not Here

with Yoko Ono & John Lennon by Takahiko iimura

Year: 1971, 18 mins
Code: TI-Yoko
ISBN: 978-4-901181-26-6

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A document of the Yoko Ono retrospective art exhibition with John Lennon as guest artist, "This is not here" held at Everson Museum, New York, 1971.

The film begins with Yoko's speech at the press conference that continues throughout the film as she talks about "radical art", a non-violent one, and advocates "total communication". Many important art objects and installations of Yoko's are seen as the camera goes along with Yoko and John through the installation. Allen Ginsberg and George Maciunas were two of the many other guest artists who participated in the exhibition. At the end a "piano piece" by Yoko in which people including John and Yoko are just hitting continuously the surface of a closed piano, replying to John Cage's "silent" piano piece, is overwhelming. - (Takahiko Iimura)

English and Japanese versions on the sound track.

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

"Takahiko iimura is not an ordinary artist. He is undoubtedly one of the first Japanese artists, along with Yoko Ono and Ryuichi Sakamoto gain substantial international reputation... An emotionally moving film documentary of Yoko Ono and John Lennon." - Carl Eugene Loeffler, Artcom, President, San Fransisco

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