onedotzero_nippon

Just got back from the onedotzero_nippon festival. The program I was supposed to see, J-Star, was sold out, so we hung out around Ginza for a few hours until the next program, Wavelength, which featured music videos. I got to see the following:

shynola: an eye for an eye / unkle
julian gibbs + julian house / intro: there goes the fear / the doves
johnny hardstaff: push, pulk / like spinning plates / radiohead
bardou-jacquet / houplain / de crecy / h5: number one / playgroup
alexander rutterford: gantz graf / autechre
lobo: total control / golden shower
logan: information contraband / money mark
cedric perrier / mitgetvideo: la rue cause / karlito
run wrake: we belong in this world together / stereo mcs
geoff mcfetridge: one dimension / simian
michel gondry: fell in love with a girl / white stripes
dominic leung: pillow / capitol k [directors cut]
geoffroy de crecy: tempovision / etienne de crecy
shynola: is a woman / lambchop
lynn fox: hayling / fc kahuna
oliver boscovitch: smile / the youngsters
stylewar: main offender / the hives
tim hope: trouble / liebestod / wagner [directors cut]

Really great stuff, most of which I had never seen. And for the stuff that I had already seen, it was definitely nice to get to see them projected on a big screen with great sound.

Digital Film Festival

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Tonight I’ll be checking out one of the programs at the onedotzero_nippon festival. The program I’ll be seeing is called “J-Star” and it features Japanese artists’ works in the digital moving image field. I’ll also try to check out some more programs on Sunday and Monday. I would also like to catch the documentary called NO MAPS FOR THESE TERRITORIES, which is described as follows:

a journey that starts from an overcast morning at lax terminal 2 goes right across america from west to east and south to north, from los angeles to new york, from virginia to vancouver. a limousine is rigged with digital micro-cameras and electronic devices to record gibson’s impressions as he travels. the entire film consists of material generated by this four-wheeled media machine. a documentary on william gibson’s life and work by the man himself.

DELVE

DELVE is a nice online zine with a nice mix of photography and design. I like the way the magazine is presented, which makes it feel like a print zine.

Kitano and 9/11

Even in Japan, almost everything on TV right now is something about the 9/11 remembrance. Earlier tonight there was a live show with Takeshi Kitano in New York as host. It was very strange seeing him being serious on Japanese TV, as we’re used to seeing him being a complete clown all the time.

Dolls_ca

And speaking of Kitano, I finally saw HANABI (FIREWORKS) recently. Another great Kitano film. I am really looking forward to seeing his new film, DOLLS, which just recently premiered at the Venice Film Festival. It’s a bit of a departure from his usual directorial projects as he doesn’t appear in it. You can get more info on the film, as well as a beautiful Flash intro, at the official site.

RAH-XEPHON

I’m watching a late-night Japanese animation on TV right now (started at 2am) called RAH-XEPHON. I think it just started, but man, talk about fucked-up. It’s kind of like walking into a David Lynch film during the strange bits. The presentation is very cool, all dark colors, and letter-boxed. It takes place in a sort of future, and there seems to be angel-type figures fighting, and then it jumps to someone who thinks he’s dead, or maybe not. Lots of talk about gods. There’s confusion as to what world/dimension all the characters are in. Very strange indeed. It sort of feels like the last 2 episodes of EVANGELION. The soundtrack for the show is really nice, mostly piano, and great at creating the proper mood.