Takahiko Iimura

MA: A Japanese Concept (2004) , min

"Ma", a traditional Japanese word/concept for both meanings of "In Between" and "Intervals" as Space/Time as one. The DVD consists of four films all related of the concept of "Ma" in four different film style: Art, Document, Animation, Abstraction: MA: SPACE/TIME IN THE GARDEN OF RYOAN-JI (1989) Color, 16 min. Produced for Program for Art on Film, New York, with support from Metropolitan Museum for Art, New York, & J. Paul Getty Trust, Los Angeles. Music : Takehisa Kosugi, Text : Arata Isozaki, With the classic Zen garden of Ryoan-ji temple in Kyoto built in 16th century, the film does not illustrate "MA" but realizes "MA" through experiencing the film. THE MAKING OF "MA" IN RYOAN-JI (1989) B/W and Color, 8 min., Sound A video documentary of the making of the first film in which computer was used to control a certain slow speed of the dolly. Original, personal to integrate a philosophical agenda with a visual one.- Nadine Covert ed. Art On Screen, New York MA : THE STONES HAVE MOVED (2004) B/W and Color, 10 min., Silent An animated video, the outline of stones, taken from the still images, was drawn continuously like traditional "Ippitsu-ga"(one stroked drawing) with a breath MA (INTERVALS) (1977) B&W and Color, 10 min. (Excerpt out of 22 min.), Sound A complete abstract film only using black film, which blocks light, and clear film, which is totally transparent, as the basic materials, adding black with a white scratched line in the center, and clear with a black scratched line also in the center. These materials were measured in every second, a length of 1, 2, 3 seconds individually, as a basic unit. --T. I. This is a Region Free DVD

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