07 June 2012

Muybridge’s Strings: Koji Yamamura and Selected Works from the NFB

Where: Skip City, Saitama
When: June 2 – July 22, 2012

Last weekend saw the opening of a Koji Yamamura exhibition at Skip City in Saitama Prefecture.  The centerpiece of the event is Yamamura’s co-production with the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) Muybridge’s Strings (2011).  Muybridge’s Strings is playing with a selection of Yamamura’s top films from his early work for children Karo and Piyobupt: Imagination (1993), to his most recent short short Anthology with Cranes (2011) which is inspired by a 17th century scroll painting by Tawaraya Sōtatsu.  Click on film titles for individual reviews.

Selected Works by Koji Yamamura

Karo and Piyobupt: Imagination (カロとピヨブプト-あめのひ, 1993)
Kid’s Castle (キッズキャッスル, 1995)
Mt. Head (頭山, 2002)
The Old Crocodile (年をとった鰐, 2005)
Fig(無花果, 2006) from Tokyo Loop
A Child’s Metaphysics (こどもの形而上学,2007)
Muybridge’s Strings (マイブリッジの糸, 2011)
Anthology with Cranes (鶴下絵和歌巻, 2011)

In addition, Yamamura has curated a selection of some of top NFB animated shorts past and present. 

Selected NFB Works

Canon (カノン, 1964)
by Norman McLaren and Grant Munro (ノーマン・マクラレン、グラント・マンロー)

Mindscape / Le paysagiste (心象風景, 1976)
by Jacques Drouin (ジャック・ドゥルーアン)
The Bead Game (ビーズゲーム, 1977)
by Ishu Patel (イシュ・パテル)
Jeu (, 2006)  
by Georges Schwitzgebel (ジョルジュ・シュヴィッツゲベル)

Wild Life (ワイルド ライフ, 2011)      
by Amanda Forbis and Wendy Tilby (アマンダ・フォービス、ウェンディ・ティルビー)

The exhibition also features original illustrations and storyboards.  The event runs until July 22nd.
Muybridge's Strings is being released on Blu-ray in Japan in August.

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