Motoharu Jonouchi & Keiichi Tanaami’s More Than Cinema

When 31 Mar 2020 - 19 Apr 2020
Where Pioneer Works
159 Pioneer Street
Brooklyn, NY 11231
United States

Opening Reception: March 6, 2020, 7-9PM

More Than Cinema presents four film works by Motoharu Jonouchi and Keiichi Tanaami, seminal figures whose practices contributed to the emergence and dynamism of the Expanded Cinema movement in Japan. Following extensive research and preservation efforts by Collaborative Cataloging Japan, the exhibition offers an entryway to understanding the development of the avant-garde movement, which pushed moving image beyond the traditional screening format and instead into space itself, addressing architecture and the body with performance and multimedia presentations.

Motoharu Jonouchi (b. 1935, Ibaraki Prefecture–1986, Tokyo) entered Nihon University Fine Art Department. He was actively involved in the establishment of Nihon University Film Study Club and directed The Record of N (1959), which documented the damage caused by the Isewan Typhoon (Typhoon Vera), and embodies qualities seen in the theoretic juncture of the avant-garde and documentary filmmaking, highly considered by experimental filmmakers at the time. Around this time Jonouchi and Kanbara established VAN Film Science Research Center, another forum for collaborative creation of films where he worked with figures of different genres including Hiroshi Teshigahara, Shusaku Arakawa, Sho Kazakura, Genpei Akasegawa, Takehisa Kosugi, and others.

Keiichi Tanaami (b. 1936, Tokyo) is an artist, graphic designer and animation filmmaker. While still a student at the Mushashino Art University, his career took off when he received a special selection award at the 1958 Japan Advertising Art Exhibition. He participated in the Animation Festival at Sogetsu Art Center in 1965 and 1966, after which his animation works frequently screened at international film festivals such as International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, New York Film Festival, and Ottawa International Animation Festival. Tanaami became known as a leading figure of pop art and psychedelic art in Japan as his print-based, sculptural works and films grew increasingly popular in the 1960-70s. Now represented by NANZUKA, his career continues to be as prolific as ever with works exhibited recently at Walker Art Center, Museum of Modern Art (New York), Hamburger Bahnhof, and Tate Modern.

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