Takahiko Iimura in the UK

Julian Ross julianross at hotmail.co.uk
Thu Sep 30 12:10:11 EDT 2010

Dear all,
I thought some of you might be intersted in the events listed below. Please come along! Let me know if you have any questions.

Takahiko Iimura UK Tour October 2010


Takahiko Iimura is a Japanese
experimental filmmaker, video artist and writer on experimental film who has
been working with the moving image since the 1960s. His work explores the
relationship between media, time and language and has strived to redefine the
exhibition of cinema as a mode of performance. He has worked closely with
members of the Hi-Red Centre and Fluxus, as well as Yoko Ono, Jonas Mekas, John
Cage, Stan Brakhage, Stan Vanderbeek and many others, bridging boundaries
between film, art and performance. He moved to New York in 1966 and has since
been a conduit of intercultural communication between Japan and America,
introducing Japanese experimental cinema to the West and vice versa. He
recently began self-releasing his work on DVD and continues to travel around
the world to show his films and perform his pieces.


For the first time in decades,
Iimura will be visiting the UK and we are excited to announce his touring


Oct. 5th - Bethnal
Green Working Men’s Club, London

and Performance; Close-Up Film Centre


Oct. 6th - No.w.here
Lab, London

and Screening; no.w.here Lab


Oct. 7th - Central St.
Martin’s, University of Arts London

and Performance; Central St. Martin’s


Oct. 11th - ICS
Cinema, University of Leeds (FREE)

and Talk; Cherry Kino, WREAC and University of Leeds



Oct. 13th - Arnolfini,

and Discussion; Arnolfini



"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 centre 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 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


Please come and join us for this rare and
exciting opportunity to view Iimura’s films and his one-off performance pieces
and hear a living legend of experimental cinema speak about his extensive
career in the arts.


For more information, please visit: www.takaiimura.com 

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