Japanese Expanded Cinema

An Online Finale

Feb 11–25, 2021


Shadow. 1968. Japan. Directed by Rikuro Miyai. 16mm preservation, dual-projection. Preserved by Collaborative Cataloging Japan. Courtesy the Tokyo Photographic Art Museum

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In conjunction with Shuzo Azuchi Gulliver’s Cinematic Illumination, we present an online screening and virtual book launch featuring artistic and critical voices essential to viewing Gulliver’s immersive slide installation in context. In late-1960s Japan, debates around artistic innovation, politics, and technology found expression in pioneering modes of filmmaking and critical writing alike, making this dual focus on theory and practice all the more appropriate.

A selection of short films, organized by scholar Go Hirasawa, charts experimentation in multiple projection and performance across poetic and political registers, and is accompanied by a live virtual book launch for Japanese Expanded Cinema and Intermedia: Critical Texts of the 1960s (edited by Hirasawa, Julian Ross, and Ann Adachi-Tasch). These programs are presented in celebration of Collaborative Cataloging Japan, the Philadelphia-based organization whose mission of scholarship and preservation has nurtured new audiences and an international community of researchers around some the most daring—and most ephemeral—forms of moving image to come out of Japan.

Organized by Go Hirasawa, Researcher, Meiji Gakuin University, and Sophie Cavoulacos, Assistant Curator, Department of Film.

Film at MoMA is made possible by CHANEL.

Additional support is provided by the Annual Film Fund. Leadership support for the Annual Film Fund is provided by Debra and Leon D. Black and by Steven Tisch, with major contributions from The Contemporary Arts Council of The Museum of Modern Art, Jo Carole and Ronald S. Lauder, MoMA’s Wallis Annenberg Fund for Innovation in Contemporary Art through the Annenberg Foundation, the Association of Independent Commercial Producers (AICP), The Junior Associates of The Museum of Modern Art, the Samuel I. Newhouse Foundation, Karen and Gary Winnick, and The Brown Foundation, Inc., of Houston.

This program is held in conjunction with the exhibition Shuzo Azuchi Gulliver’s Cinematic Illumination, presented as part of The Hyundai Card Performance Series.


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