"Talking Picture (The Structure of Film Viewing)"

 Talking Picture (The Structure of Film Viewing)1991,b/w,15min.
 Shadowman (The Structure of Seeing and Hearing)1994/2008,color,8min.
 Making an Audience 2006/2013,color,12min.

In this collection of videos, Talking Picture (The Structure of Film Viewing)
and Shadowman (The Structure of Seeing and Hearing),
Takahiko Iimura presents a series of mind-twisting videos,
meditating on the experience of watching film/video, and of seeing and being seen.
Prodded by a succession of riddles, the videos are lined with humorc,
Iimura touches on a range of significant philosophical questions about linguistics and
the nature of representation itself. While watching these videos one is likely to entertain comparisons to Plato's Allegory of the Cave, Ren Magritte's "This is not a pipe,"
and the analytic tradition of semiotics.

Iimura also draws some tantalizing parallels between some of these Western philosophical inquiries with Asian concepts of representation; for instance, in Shadowman,
Iimura observes that the Japanese word for film, eiga, literally means "reflected picture,"
the kanji character (‰f‰æ) coming from the Chinese literally means
"electric shadow picture," pointing back to Plato's Cave."

Making an Audience, like these other video pieces, peppers the spectator with brain-teasing inquiries about the nature of spectatorship. What sets this particular video piece (if I can call it that) is that it in fact is a documentary,document, or a record of a live performance\doubling, even tripling the layers of complexity, and again implicitly interrogating our viewing position. Where many of Iimura's works interrogates the boundaries of a frame, here another boundary begins to melt away\the line separating audience and performer. The audience becomes "players" right along with Iimura, and whether they like it or not (or does this include the video audience?) Iimura declares,"I'm making you a performer!!" - Aaron Michael Kerner , San Francisco State University

"I made a -conceptual- film space having an active structure in which a performer becomes an audience and the audience turns to the performer."(T.I)

1981-2009, 3 films, b/w & color, 35 min. NTSC/Region ALL
ISBN 9784-901181-41-9
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