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Takahiko Iimura

Takahiko Iimura is a pioneer artist of Japanese experimental film and video, working actively since the 1960s. With the support from artists such as Yoko Ono, Genpei Akasegawa, Takehisa Kosugi and Tatsumi Hijikata, Iimura produced experimental cinema using 8 and 16 mm film, and screened his work at galleries and halls, often in guerrilla style. In 1964 he organized "Film Independents" with Nobuhiko Obayashi, Yoichi Takabayashi, Donald Richie, Koichiro Ishizaki, and hosted Japan's first experimental film festival event in Tokyo. In 1965, the film "LOVE" (music by Yoko Ono) received a critical acclaim by Jonas Mekas on the Village Voice, which marked Iimura's debut in New York.
 In 1966, Iimura received a fellowship from Harvard University and also was a visiting artist fellow with the Japan Society in New York to produce work and to screen his films. In 1973 Iimura was invited as a visiting instructor at the German Academy Exchange Service (DAAD) and lived in Berlin for a year. During his stay, he had individual exhibitions at Arsenal Kinematek, the Universitat der Kunste Berlin, as well as Cinemathequs Francaise, and the Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris), the Museum of Modern Art (New York) in 1974. Five years later in 1979, Iimura had his first solo exhibition and performance at the Whitney Museum of American Art.
 In 1989, Iimura was commissioned by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, to create "Ma: Space/Time in the Garden of Ryoan-ji" in which he collaborated with renowned architect Arata Isozaki (text) and the composer Takehisa Kosugi (music). The work was screened at the Montreal Film Festival, and received 'Architecture' Award from UNESCO International Festival of Film on Art. In "Aiueonn Six Features", Iimura utilized System G (Real Time Three Dimensional Texture Mapping) to comically differentiate the relationship between sound, letters and image. This work was screened at various international film and video festivals around the world, cities including New York, Geneva, Osnabruck, and Sao Paulo, and collected 8 awards. Some of Iimura's prominent individual exhibitions includes the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography (1995), the Galerie National de Jeu de Paume, Paris (1999) and the Museum of Modern Art, New York (2001).
Iimura has also published many books and catalogues, including "Takahiko Iimura Film and Video" (Anthology Film Archives, New York, 1990), "Seeing, Takahiko Iimura Film et Video" (Jeu de Paume Garelie Nationale, Paris, 1999). 
"Filmmakers" is an unedited, film portrait of artists featuring Andy Warhol, Jack Smith, Stan Brakhage, Jonas Mekas, Stan VanDerBeek and Iimura himself. Iimura recorded the entire film without looking through a viewfinder, thereby removing the artist's eyes while making the film.
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Film Makers

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digitized 16mm