CD-ROM "Eizo Jikken No Tameni"
(For Visual Experimentation)


  This CD-Rom version is re-publishing of the same title book published in Tokyo,1986,in Japanese, which has been out of print for long time, with adding new essays since then and the moving images(film and video) which were refered in the essays.

   The CD-Rom contains 750 pages of text in Japanese,about 100 pieces of photo and graphic, and almost 2 hours of moving image excerpted from 60 works of my film and video. There is no all the translation but main part of them were translated into the catalog of mine published by Anthology Film Archives,New York,l990. Therefore,I enclosed herein the catalog with the mark at the page of table of contents which indicates the essay is included in the CD-Rom.

   The text is consisted of essays written during 1970 and 1996,and it deals with poetic experimental film,structural cinema,video art,video semiology,conceptual art, performance, intermedia and so on. The many essays often refer to, and/or explain themself the work of mine,and the film and the video titles with the mark of film frame indicate to link to the page of the excerpted work. Also at the end of the last text there is the list of film and video. By clicking the title you will jump to the moving image as well. The same titles in different essays are interlinked.

   At the begining of each chapter,the mark of "21st Century" which indicates "A proposal for 21st Century", links to a page in which a face of mine with the text in Japanese .By clicking it the face speaks with the voice in Japanese. This intends to renew the text with futuristic percepective.

   I can not explain all the component, but the most important aspect of this CD-Rom is the interlinks among the texts, and among the text and the work of film and video. This is only possible in CD-Rom,but not in book.


METAMEDIA(CD-ROM/Video Installation)
Landmark Hall,Yokohama


(Photo: Hiroshi Takezawa)

This is a first installation, using a newly published CD-ROM "Eizo-Jikken no Tameni (For Visual Experimentation)" which is consisted of eight personal computers, 32 video monitors, and 4 projectors. The audience can participate and control the event through the computers while reading the text, he/she experiences the images at the same time, and wonders around the environmental electronic space releasing his/herself from the desktop.

In the center, there is an "island" of eight computers which may be used by the audience and in the surrounding are four "islands" consisted of eight video monitors which are connected to the center individually and a part of computer images is projected on 9 meters giant screen at the front.Thus the audience participate in the computers at the center and navigate among the "islands" of video monitors.

On the video monitors, representative film images from 1960s as "Love," "Kuzu(Junk)," "Face," "Filmmakers" and "Summer, Happenings, U.S.A." are excerpted, and are projected together with a horizontal and a vertical line of the text. Therefore the images of Iimura early film from 1960s is reconstructed by the technology of 1990s. (T.I.)