Country: Japan

FOR THE DAMAGED RIGHT EYE

Presented at the symposium Expose 1968 at the Sogetsu Art Center 2, this film juxtaposes images of student protests, popular television, 60s psychedelia, scenes from the Shinjuku gay scene, and graphic art in a captivating montage that reflects the chaotic ethos of its moment. Matsumoto saw a paradigmatic shift in the heady, heated, hopeful moment of simultaneous global uprisings of 1968, and staged his own by triggering the first Japanese film expanded to three projections. Designed to dismantle conventional aesthetic values, the film’s dual projection with a third laid over the centre of the two juxtaposed frames expands filmic space to stage an intense visual assault.

 

Screened on 3 x 16 mm.

 

 

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MOUNTAIN PLAIN MOUNTAIN

Deepening confusion becomes a delightful experience watching this collaborative film by Daniel Jacoby and Yu Araki. Sound and rhythms take centre stage in this observational documentary on Ban’ei, a rare kind of draft horse race that takes place only in Obihiro, Japan.

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CAT DAYS

Jiro, a little boy, feels sick. His father takes him to the doctor. She diagnoses him with a harmless condition, but it shakes the core of the boy’s identity.

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