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Japanese Experimental Films
by Kei Shichiri
with Live Performance

Tuesday, March 3rd, 7 pm
in presence of the filmmaker and performing artist Tomomi Adachi

Kei Shichiri is one of the most radical contemporary filmmakers. In his work, he puts images, sounds and texts fundamentally into question. Subsequently, each element conveys something entirely new, whose origin is actually based on ancient, mythical history.

Once Upon a Dream (OmeU)

Japan 2007/2016, 80 min, Director/Screenplay/Cinematography: Kei Shichiri, Cinematography: Tetsuya Takahashi; Based on a Comic by Naoki Yamamoto, Music: Hidetoshi Takumi, Cast: Tugumi, Hidetoshi Nishijima, Koji Yamamoto

A dramatic film in which people are mostly unseen. Empty scenery is populated only by voices and a palpable sense of human presences. Following its theme of “auditory hallucinations”, the daily life of a man and a woman become quietly infused with madness, conveyed only through beautiful dawn and twilight imagery, voices, and noises. First released in Japan in 2007, it has received annual revival screenings and developed a passionate cult following.

On the 10th anniversary of the screening, the film was remastered in surround sound.

Necktie (OmeU)

Japan 2019, 15 min, Director: Kei Shichiri, Screenplay: Ikuhiro Yamagata; Cinematography: Takayuki Fukada, Tetsuya Takahashi, Shohei Matsushima, Cast: Atsuko Kikuchi, Shun Sato, Kaori Nishio

Mieko and Ena decide to co-write a novel together under a single pseudonym. But then Ena begins to act strangely, spending her nights obsessively stealing the ties of random drunk men she encounters. When Ena disappears, Mieko’s search for her friend leads her to Hidaka, an unassuming man who suits one of the ties in Ena’s collection. Soon the two of them stumble upon rumour of a district that doesn’t exist on any map…

Music as Film
Performance Version: Realtime voice-over and remix
by Tomomi Adachi
(Japanese & English)

Japan 2014, 56 min, Director, Producer, Cinematography, Editor: Kei Shichiri, Music/Sound: Takumi Ikeda, Cinematography: Tetsuya Takahashi, Voices: Junko Sato, William Tokuhisa, Ami Yamasaki, sei, Ikuhiro Yamagata, Shogo Koga, Teppei Kondo, Yoko Chosokabe, Norimizu Ameya, Cal Lyall, James Hadfield, Miya; Viola da gamba, Violoncello: Tomoki Tai

When did film and music first encounter one another? In the beginning, film had no voice. Even so, he must have heard the sounds that emanated as he watched. It was late 19th Century Paris that gave birth to both the medium of film and the play “Salome” by Oscar Wilde. In this work, the peculiar connection between the two is articulated through the telling of their stories simultaneously but separately, one in sound and one in images. In the soundtrack (audio), twelve people bombard us with the text of “Salome” in raging billows of songs, chanting, and storytelling, while the video tells the personified history of film dispassionately, in titles. The work is both metacinema that covers everything from early motion pictures to digital media, in addition to being a plaintive interlacing of the stories of a woman (Salome) seeking to possess a man (Jokanaan) with that of a man (film) seeking to possess a woman (music).

The first cinematic work in a series based around the idea of “Cinema from Sound”. Before the film, a live screening with the same title was held.

Special Price for films & performance: 10,– €

Kei Shichiri
Born in 1967. In recent years, he has focused on experimental projects, such as the Cinema From Sound series (2014~) that integrates live performance and works in progress, and the short film »Dubhouse« (2012), that was made in collaboration with architects. His most famous film is Once Upon a Dream (2007-2016) that shows almost no human figures, but tells its story through voices and visual allusion. Started his professional carrier as an assistant director for Hiroki Ryuichi, Chinzei Naokazu and other filmmakers. Made a debut as a director at My Easy Going Sister (2004). Also made a narrative film such as Marrige Ring (2007). Provided screenplays for other directors as well. His first film, Existence Flicker Symptom (1984), made on 8mm in high school went on to win at the Pia Film Festival 1985, on the recommendation of Oshima Nagisa. Served as an International Competition jury for Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival 2017.

Website: keishichiri.com

Tomomi Adachi
Performer/composer, sound poet, instrument builder and visual artist. Known for his versatile style, he has performed his own voice and electronics pieces, sound poetry, improvised music and contemporary music, also presented site-specific compositions, compositions for classical ensembles, choir pieces for untrained musicians in all over the world including Tate Modern, Maerzmusik, Hamburger Bahnhof Museum, Centre Pompidou, Poesiefestival Berlin and Walker Art Center. He has been working with a wide range of materials; self-made physical interfaces and instruments, artificial intelligence, brainwave, artificial satellite, twitter texts, 3D printer, fracture and even paranormal phenomenas. He was a guest of the Artists-in-Berlin Program of the DAAD for 2012. He received the Award of Distinction from Ars Electronica 2019.

Supported by Arts Council Tokyo
(Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture)