BLACK MOON, Model Yusei Yamamoto, Shot by Yokna Patofa

Tuesday, 10 January 2012

the Exhibition "Ghosts Off The Shelf" in CTM festival ,Berlin

The news for people in Berlin.
My film "The East is Red (Japanese title,"AZANAERU NAWA NO GOTOSHI")" will join in the exhibition "Ghosts Off The Shelf" in  CTM 12.
CTM 12 is the Festival for Adventurous Music and Related Arts................if you have some similar music or visual tastes with me,it's absolutely a paradise for you tooplease check it out,


Ghosts Off The Shelf
curated by Thibaut de Ruyter
January 27th — February 19th, 2012

How many ghost movies does Hollywood produce every year? How many books with mystical apparitions become summer bestsellers? How many people try to communicate with the beyond by using old techniques or new technologies? But if we really want to search for ghosts nowadays, we could simply look inside some small black plastic boxes that sit quietly on our shelves.

The economy of technology is based on quick obsolescence. The dead battery in the digital camera that we had ten years ago can’t be charged or replaced, and so the machine is definitely unusable. Software we operated every day hasn’t worked ever since we updated our computer operating system. A VHS tape on which we recorded images from the TV has lost its content for no apparent reason. Even finding a simple cable to connect two machines can become a problem.

Ghosts Off The Shelf is about the slow disappearance of VHS, S-VHS, VHS-C, Video 8, Hi-8, Betamax, Betacam and other lesser-known analog video formats that use magnetic tape. We all still possess a few of those objects, and because we no longer have the relevant equipment, we can’t see (or even know) what’s on those recordings.

New media artists have for years confronted the question of digitization and preservation of their works. Instead, the participants here are visual artists who produced, in the last decades, some forgotten (i.e. invisible and perhaps never-seen) video pieces. For whatever reasons, they produced analog video, then decided to leave the work behind, moving on to another medium or technique. They share in common a critical point of view with regard to the use of tools, an inventive relationship to their media, or a strong connection with the uncanny in art. Each of the invited artists deliver a tape, we digitize it and create an ‘archive’ of about 30 videos. Having a slight memory of these things that they did years ago — and probably haven’t seen for a while — we ask them to give us ‘ghosts’, pieces that exist only in their memories but which find a new (digital) existence through the exhibition.

On top three guest curated projects complete the artists list: the Archive of the Transmediale presents a selection of videos depicting dogs and fires, the second proposes music videos from the French post-punk era, while the third offers a glimpse on the actual programmation of the Club Transmediale.

The exhibition is not about technological nostalgia, but about the aesthetic that can be found in certain techniques — the grain of Ilford HP5 photographic film, the blurred and saturated colors of VHS, the compression of MP3 files — and how these aesthetics will be loved, forgotten, and then once again become fashionable. It is also about the disappearance of our own memories and data, things that we wanted to keep forever but which will, because of technological progress, the aging of a technique, or the self-destruction of a supporting system, soon no longer exist.

List of artists:
Jorge Queiroz, Carl Michael von Hausswolff, Martin Dammann, Yokna Patofa, Graf Haufen, Alexandra Vogt, Joep van Liefland, Barbara Breitenfellner, Christian Vialard, Richard Grayson, Valerie Favre, Christian Gfeller, Ingrid Luche, Jacek Niegoda, Monica Ross, La Boîte à Gants Productions (Gilles Berquet & Mirka Lugosi), Jason Forrest, Canine Pyromania selected video art and detritus from the transmediale archive curated by Ruth Kemper & Baruch Gottlieb, RVB-Transfert (redukt) curated by Pierre Beloüin-Optical Sound, The CTM music channel curated by jan rohlf & Lilli Maxine Ebert ...//

about the film...

 Touha Yoda
 Mai Nishino
 Ryou Kiriakehata
 Kie Kanazawa


In 2008,I was given a small(?) award with this film(the theme of the award was......"Look for the Jonas Mekas in  21 CENTURY!", it caught me) ,

The Voice over is predictive monologue by someone. lost war,earth quake,losing love,heart break,new weapon attacks at home town,..

To the contrary the boy in bath mimics typical lonely people who are looking for their lover.
and kids and lovers are always there,somewhere.
All of the casts are really close people of me.I shot by myself with really cheap small camera with them.

Last,I want to thank again, the curator of this exhibition Thibaut de Ruyter,

for his invitation and kind help.

I can't go to Berlin this time,but if you will be there in this period,please enjoy the festival and my film too!


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