This screening will be followed by a panel discussion, "Is There Still a Need for Film in a Digitising World?"
As cinema now looks set to go completely digital over the coming year, Zipangu Fest presents a series of works that interrogate and explore the very essence of celluloid and analogue technologies.
Dying moon (Shinkan Tamaki, 2006)
16mm, 3min 30sec
Uneven Image (Shinkan Tamaki, 2010)
16mm, 10min 30sec
Generator (Makino Takashi, 2011)
8mm, 16mm, 35mm → HD, 20min
Sailing Across Images (Shinkan Tamaki, 2012)
16mm (+ DVD sound), 14min 30sec
Planet Z (Momoko Seto, 2011)
35mm, 9min 30sec
Climax (Shinkan Tamaki, 2008)
16mm, 2min 30sec
Shinkan Tamaki selection
"My theme is to instigate changes in perception by coming and going across the border of images while extracting film's materiality."
"Somewhere in the Universe, the PLANET Z. A miracle happens. A water jet springs up and gives birth to a new life: plants. A desert planet became a green planet... Different species cohabit: liquid and sticky mushrooms. But little by little, they invade the green land, and destroy the idyllic life. The toxic spores kill the plants, and transform the planet to a mouldy land... But after destroying all the vegetation, the future of the mould seems to be fearsome. A species cannot live without other ones…"
"The images reach realms beyond our comprehension as they transform and invite us into our own personal memories. Filled with uncertain yet overwhelmingly reminiscent images, the film opens up before our eyes. When the unfixed transformations of light eventually shift into aerial shots, images capable of mutual recognition, we are able to transcend 'the body' and 'personal recollections' into inter-personal memories that reach back into our ancestral imagination. We may be able to feel as living beings a part of our star for the first time if we recognize our 'body' as a small universe, realise our city as an enormous living body and ourselves as merely one cell."
Edit, Telecine, Direction by Takashi Makino
Music, Jim O'Rourke
Produced by Aichi Art Center
Winner of the Tiger Award for Short Film at International Film Festival Rotterdam 2012
Shinkan Tamaki: Born in 1982, experimental filmmaker Shinkan Tamaki began exploring the world of moving images using 16mm film in 2006. His works have been screened at many film festivals, including International Film Festival Rotterdam, and he is a member of the [+] with Takashi Makino, aimed at promoting experimental film in Japan.
Momoko Seto: Momoko Seto was born in 1980 in Tokyo, Japan. After studying at the Lycée Français of Tokyo, she attended the Fine Arts College of Marseille and Le Fresnoy National Studio of Contemporary Arts in France.
She began making short fiction films and documentary films for the CNRS (National Centre of Scientific Research). She then started creating hybrid mix-genre films by transforming everyday life elements into a poetic and singular universe, for example the experimental animations PLANET A and PLANET Z and seafood porn videos. Her films have been selected and shown at numerous international film festivals and artistic events, some of which have received international prizes.
Takashi Makino: Born in 1978, in 2001 Takashi Makino came to London to study music and lighting design at the atelier of the Brothers Quay. He continues to produce and exhibit films that make full use of the various techniques and methods harnessed from the twin media of film and video, treating both the image and its accompanying music as elements of equal importance. He was an invited guest at Zipangu Fest 2011, where he presented the Enter the Cosmos programme.
Plus: Experimental Film Screening Project in Japan [+] http://plusscreening.org