Länderfokus: Japan / Country Focus: Japan


Dissection and Accumulation, Concrete and Abstract
Curated by Keitaro Oshima

Sometimes film artists find new aesthetics and meanings by dismantling existing norms and concreteness. Also, it is possible to visualize invisible sensations and sights by continuous accumulation of fragments and abstract elements, and rhythm. In this programme, pay attention to Japanese experimental films telling nonverbally and see the response to unseen pressure today.
Keitaro Oshima was born in Kushiro, Japan 1977 and lives in Sapporo, Japan. Active as a scholar in the field of visual media and as an artist whose focus mainly on the theme of dissecting and reconstructing the composition of moving image. Views visual media tools of personal expression and is involved in local activities such as screening and workshops. Fellow in Academy of Media Arts Cologne, Germany, 2012–2013. Teaching at Hokkaido Information University.

Filmwinter-Palais – Saal Pipilotti


Konrad-Adenauer-Straße 2, 70173 Stuttgart

U-Bahn, Bus: Haltestelle Charlottenplatz

MAZE LUNA (aka Don’t Mix it) – Digital Noize Version

Japan 2008, digital translation from original 16 mm, 5:00 Min.
Regie: Jun’Ichi Okuyama

Watch this film! Them visuals are “tica- tica”. Them sounds are “botsu-botsu”. Black dots are the developer. White Dots are the fixer. I made this film by painting developer and fixer directly on the unex- posed film. I approached the appeal of developing and fixing solutions under the slogan of “Expose the darkroom work to the light of day!”

datum point

Japan 2015, 6:41 Min.
Regie: Ryo Orikasa

Yoshiro Ishihara (1915–1977), who burst upon the scene of Japanese modern poetry in the mid-1950s, is now remem- bered as a “poet of silence.” He said:
“A poem is an impulse to resist writing.” This is an attempt to seek out the land- scape from his poem.

Curtain Curtain Curtain

Japan 2014, 5:43 Min.
Regie: Rieko Ouchi

There may be a hidden thing in ordinary everyday life. I used a habit of scratching my arm with bare nails, and curtains to output the feelings figuratively. I combined static scenes and active scenes to reflect the di erence between when I can control myself and when I can not, the perceptive reaction and alienation, the unstable touch.


Japan 2017, 7:09 Min.
Regie: Kotaro Tanaka

We live under various regulations. Procedures to defend the rights of one another bring forth strange phenomena. The more we hide something, the more we want to see it. Another meaning occurs by hiding something but it doesn’t occur from something hidden, it occurs from the activity to hide something.


Japan 2018, 10:00 Min.
Regie: Keitaro Oshima

Scraps of deciduous films and photographs accumulate and eventually create new scenes.

Unfamiliar One

Japan 2017, 8:50 Min.
Regie: Ryoya Usuha

An everyday story of an unfamiliar world.

Eye know

Japan 2014, 3:00 Min.
Regie: Hiroshi Kondo

The streetlight which lights up the city. The light draws various forms.

Last Angel

Japan 2014, 33:00 Min.
Regie: Takashi Ito

While following the well-established narrative of a dramatic film in which a relationship develops, it doesn’t converge on a single story but instead spreads out and tries to be like a film thrown into a sea of chaotic images. Is she my hallucination? Am I her hallucination? This border becomes indistinct, and anxiety about existence steadily increases.