Experiments in Flicker & Love

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The final screening curated by Julian Ross features graphic designer Keiichi Tanaami, whose collection has been a focus of our research since 2018. The screening will include new digitizations of Tanaami’s She (1971) and Look at the Wood (1975), as well as Human Events (Ningen Moyō, 1975), which CCJ preserved in 2018. In the screening program, Ross situates Tanaami’s works in conversation with contemporary works.

Prisoner’s Cinema

(Joshua Gen Solondz, USA, 2012, 11 min.)

Flicker Love No. 1

(Keiichi Tanaami, Japan, 1971, 4 min)

Summer’s Puke is Winter’s Delight

(Sawako Kabuki, Japan, 2016, 3 min.)


(Keiichi Tanaami, Japan, 1971, 8 min.)

Anxious Body

(Yoriko Mizushiri, Japan, 2021, 6 min.)

Human Events

(Keiichi Tanaami, Japan, 1975, 5 min.)

Wishing Well

(Sylvia Schedelbauer, Germany, 2018, 13 min.)

Look at the Wood

(Keiichi Tanaami, Japan, 1975, 12 min.)

Curated by Julian Ross

This program places recent CCJ-led restorations (and digitisations) of works by Japanese psychedelic animation master Keiichi Tanaami in dialogue with contemporary works by artists and filmmakers from Japan and of its diaspora. While known for his hand-drawn pop animations, Tanaami experimented with flicker and rephotography techniques that brought together his hand-drawn animations with found material to abstract effects. The body became a subject he regularly returned to as the porn magazines he encountered on his trips to the United States became the raw material for his visual experiments for his films, collages, and projections in discotheques. Rather than proposing these works are inspired by Tanaami, the program seeks to reexamine subjects he was interested in – the flicker and the body – from different vantage points.

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