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TV AvantGarde and New Video Japan.

16 November 199120 November 1991

The Australian International Video Festival, 1991.

Synya Katho

Artist's Presentation at Domain Theatre, Art Gallery of NSW, Sat 16 Nov, 2.30pm

TV AVANTGARDE Sat 16 Nov. 2.30pm

new video: JAPAN Wed 20 Nov. 1.00pm

Curated by Synya Katho

In Japan there is little direct government funding to help develop and sustain an independent film and media arts industry. Corporate sponsorship has traditionally provided the support structures open to many artists working in this field. Recently however, many younger artists trained as creative directors and media artists have turned to Japan's ever expanding television industry for support. This collaboration between the artists and the hi-tech world of the Japanese television industry has resulted in a unique and often exciting mix of mass entertainment and art - a merging of high art and street level aesthetics. The two programs presented by Synya Katho, are a reflection of this present situation in Japan’s media arts. Synya Katho will also be discussing the present and future developments of the Department Image-Arts at the Kawasaki City Museum during the presentation of the new video: JAPAN program.

TV Avantgarde includes TV's TV by Tsunekazu Ishihara; The Museum of Accidents by Daizaburo Harada; Einstein by Toshio lwai. Synya Katho will speak on multi-information, interactive TV, and the 'para-reality' of media.

new video: Japan includes work by Seigen Kyu, Koichi Tabata, Hiroshi Yamakazi and the group Visual Brains.

TV Avantgarde, Sat 16 Nov. 2.30pm

TV's TV, Overall Direction: Tsunekazu Ishihara; Producer: Fuji Television Network + SEDIC (1987) 15:00 min (of 2 hours)

There are 100 small TV sets in the TV screen. Each has its own images. When a TV set is opened, the screen is extended to the real size and a short work is shown. When the work finishes the screen returns to the smaller sizes. This work reminds us of the "para-reality media".

Museum of Accidents, Director: Daizaburo Harada; Producer: NHK (Japanese Broadcasting Association), (1989) 15:00 min (of 46 min)

We see a multi-window design in this work. It seems to be a multi-finder/multi-window on a computer display or interactive TV. Of course this is a graphic representation and is made in a post-production studio. This program features Akira Asada, Paul Virillio and Ingo Gunther.

Einstein, Director: Shinji Fukuhara; C.G. Art Direction: Toshio Iwai; Producer: Fuji Television Network + ON THE ROAD, (1991), 10:00 min (of 45 min)

This is a 'science news show' program with pop-style.

Human & Forest (Hypermedia), Director: Kenji KIKUE; Producer: NHK (Japanese Broadcasting Association), (1990) 10:00 min

This is not a broadcasting program but a 'Hyper-rnedia' program that we can see the possibility of a new TV form in the future.

Mandara (HDTV Program), Director: Daizaburo Harada; Producer: NHK (Japanese Broadcasting Association), (1990) 10:00 min (of 26 min)

Daizaburo harada is one of the most successful video-artists in the TV field in Japan.


new video: JAPAN, Wed 20 Nov. 1.00pm

Design 3 Stand & Drift, (1991),18 min,

Visual Collage & Direction: Visual Brains (Sei Kazama + Hatsune Ohtsu),

Sound Collage & Mix: Toshioki Matsumura, CHUNK'

Starring: Mihoko Kondoh, Toshioki Matsumura

seigen kyu works 1991, Seigen Kyu, (1991), 8:30 min.

Seigen Kyu mainly makes popular music videos.

Earth Garden, Director: Koichi Tabata, (1991), 4:30 min

Biomimetic, Noriko Shimonishi, (1991), 3:30 min.

"The human race developed and made the electronic society, and the electronic technology expanded the human society. How will the relationship between bio-energy and electronic-energy be changed, when they strike/crush each other?" Noriko Shimonishi

The Other Side, Osamu Nagata,(1991), 8:00 min.

(Kei) 1991, Hiroshi Yamazaki, (1991),13:20 min.

AIVF '91 (compiled by Stephen Jones)


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