Toshio Matsumoto

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Takeover: V. Screen Takeover Relation
Toshio Matsumoto

9 Minutes

Repeat: Dec 15-16 ET

In Relation, the focus of the viewer’s attention is guided (and mocked) by pointers moving through the screen.

This screening is part of Screen Takeover, the fifth chapter of the online program Takeover curated by Julian Ross for e-flux Video & Film, and unfolding in six chapters between September 22 and December 15, 2022, with the films and videos of each chapter streaming for two weeks.

For more information, contact program@e-flux.com.

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Toshio Matsumoto (1932-2017) was a Japanese film director and video artist. In the late 1950s, Matsumoto began making works that fused avant-garde and documentary elements, as well as writing essays on film theory. In 1963, he published The Discovery of Film: The Avant-Garde and Documentary (Eizō no hakken: Avangyarudo to dokyumentarii, Sanichi-Shobo), which exerted a strong influence on the Japanese film movement. In the late ’60s, Matsumoto began to devote himself to experimental films and expanded cinema with For the Damaged Right Eye (Tsuburekakatta migime no tame ni, 1968). In 1969, he directed Funeral Parade of Roses (Bara no sōretsu, 1969), a commercial narrative film that exemplified gay culture and the turmoil of the era. In 1970, he served as general director of the Textile Pavilion at the EXPO’70 in Osaka, where he presented Space Project Ako (1970), a huge multi-projection film work. Matsumoto subsequently expanded his activities, producing countless cross-genre works including commercial narrative films such as Shura (1971) and Dogra Magra (1988), experimental films such as Atman (1975) and Engram (Kioku konseki, 1987), and video artworks such as Metastasis(Shinchintaisha, 1971) and Shift (Shift: Dansō, 1982). His most recent work, Tōrō Axe (2009-2012), was released in 2012.


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