Writing with Light: White Calligraphy

Sale Format(s): DVD

A compilation DVD includes:
WHITE CALLIGRAPHY, RE-READ (1967-2010, 12min.)
PERFORMANCE 1, WHITE CALLIGRAPHY (1967/2009, Toronto, 9min.)
PERFORMANCE 2, WHITE CALLIGRAPHY (1967/2005, Tokyo, 8.5min.)

Awarded a grant from The Museum of Contemporary Cinema Foundation, Madrid.

In White Calligraphy, Re-Read, Takahiko Iimura returns to his early work. White
Calligraphy which he originally made in 1967 by scratching characters from 'Kojiki',
an early Japanese text, into the frames of 16mm black leader.?In this re-reading of
the illegible work the film is slowed down and briefly arrested at?random using digital
processing while suddenly legible words are voiced by the artist in an accompanying
soundtrack. Part translation (not only between Japanese and English
but between media languages) part abstract interplay of picture sound and word.
This new work developed out of Iimura's performance practice that has over the years,
beginning with works associated with Fluxus and moving into his notion of Video Semiology,
radically explored the signifying systems of meaning in moving image making.
It uses material taken from live performances in which the film is mobilised by
unfixing the projector as the artist attempts to voice and trace the film in a live
drawing/reading events reminiscent of Valie Export's Auf + Ab + An +Zu (1968).
Yet Iimura's process of re-inscription and rereading goes further.

-Dr. Duncan White (University of Arts London.)

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