Ito Takashi: Moving Still

While stillness and motion are opposites, they seem to co-exist in the hands of legendary Japanese experimental filmmaker Takashi Ito. His flipbook style animated still images flicker with ferocious drive to explore the tensions between depth and surface, top and bottom, screen and space.

Opening with the classic Japanese experimental film Spacy (1981), the programme spans thirty years of his career to showcase a range of short film works between the early visual experiments that recall the tradition of structural films in Drill (1983), dynamic and horror-inflicted studies of confined spaces in Zone (1995) and Thunder (1982) and explorations of youth and gender identity in Apparatus M (1996) and A Silent Day (2002). The programme concludes with his mentor Toshio Matsumoto’s film Atman (1975), which had a powerful influence on Ito. Curated and introduced by Julian Ross with thanks to the artist, Image Forum and Postwar Japan Moving Image Archive. Julian Ross is a Leverhulme postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Westminster and recently completed his PhD on Japanese expanded cinema.

Double bill with EYE on Art-programme Funeral Parade of Roses. , which starts at 21.30. Double tickets will give discount: € 16,- (€ 10,- for separate ticket).