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  • The Skin of a Napping
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  • The Extinction of Landscape
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  • The Bathroom

    ★★★★★

  • Two Grilled Fish (B/W Version)

    ★★★★★

  • Here and There

    ★★★★★

  • The Chair

    ★★★★★

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  • The Bathroom

    The Bathroom

    Streaming Nov 12 -21 on collabjapan.org, as part of our special programme exploring the work of Kuri and musique concrète composer Kunihiro Akiyama.

    Words from curator Fusako Matsu: "The Bathroom (1972) is the last of Kuri’s films on which Akiyama worked. It is a time-lapse animation produced for a solo exhibition at the Sony Building in Ginza, shot when Kuri was moving out of the house where he lived at the time. Akiyama is credited with “recording,” and his work here is remarkable for the surreal effect of applying a distinct sound to each object that appears."

  • Two Grilled Fish (B/W Version)

    Two Grilled Fish (B/W Version)

    Streaming Nov 12 - 21 on collabjapan.org, as part of our special programme on the link between Kuri's work and the musique concrète composer Kunihiro Akiyama.

    Words from curator Fusako Matsu: "A scene on a peaceful island in which the sun plays a bugle was set to music by a jazz ensemble organized by Masao Yagi, which was described by video artist Katsuhiro Yamaguchi as the first jazz-funk made in Japan. Musique concrète fully emerges with the appearance of scientists…

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  • Collection

    Collection

    Now showing on collabjapan.org

    "Parts of the female body, filmed in the light of a self-made strobe, are multiply exposed and flicker as they perform a graphical dance. In this work, reminiscent of the animation of Norman McLaren, Nakamura’s fetishism transcends physical eroticism and is dedicated to creating abstract visual pleasure. The music, evoking the gamelan, was composed with a computer program that Nakamura personally designed." (Akihiro Suzuki)

  • Spring Has Come

    Spring Has Come

    now streaming on collabjapan.org!

    Footage of a girl swinging on a swing in a park at night is transformed into a fantastical realm through re-shooting that generates multiple exposures. Many-layered images of playground equipment reflecting light create luminous abstract patterns. This work poetically established the cinematic vocabulary of Nakamura’s visionary world revolving around the image of the young girl. The magical effects of 8mm film wonderfully transform everyday scenery into another world. (Akihiro Suzuki)