Japanese Expanded Cinema An Online Finale

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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.