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Japanese Expanded Cinema Research

 

japanese expanded cinema research

Image: Films for Cinematic illumination, 1968–69, 16mm films on paper. ©SAGYO, Tokyo

Image: Films for Cinematic illumination, 1968–69, 16mm films on paper. ©SAGYO, Tokyo

In January 2017, CCJ was awarded from the Andy Warhol Foundation a research grant to study Japanese Expanded Cinema of 1960s and 1970s, with co-researchers Go Hirasawa (Meiji-Gakuin University) and Julian Ross (Westminster University / Int'l Film Festival Rotterdam). 

There are two overarching themes in the project which are: 
1) the historical study of Japanese expanded cinema and its context within the contemporary international Expanded Cinema movement. 
2) technical study of conserving, restaging, and preserving obsolete media art works as they relate to this project.

The purposes of these studies are supporting the preservation and interpretation of the works, as well as communicating our findings for further study. In addition to the deliverables displayed below, with further funding, the project will take a form of an exhibition. 

Expanded cinema is moving image works that are not intended to be shown in a traditional, sit-in screenings, but take various forms such as multi-media installations or performances, and may include media formats such as slide projectors, transparencies, film, the projector equipment, light, and shadow, etc. Expanded cinema has been a subject of curatorial and academic attention in the past few years. While the recent activities are necessary and welcome, there has been a tendency for museums and collections to focus on European and North American case studies. Our project aims to contribute to this renewal of interest while attempting to internationalize the field. 

goals

  • Conduct thorough research, including collection surveys in artists’ studios, archives, etc. in Japan
  • Investigate and document best practices model for repairing, restaging and preserving obsolete media art works 
  • Create research resources including digitized archival material and works
  • Organize opportunities for discussions with international colleagues, as well as screenings

This project is made possible by a grant from the Andy Warhol Foundation.