This October, visitors to Shofuso have the opportunity to see MA:Space/Time in the Garden of Ryoan-ji (1989), a short film by artist and experimental filmmaker Takahiko Iimura, on display in the house. In addition to daily screenings, Shofuso will hold an opening reception for members only from 4-7pm on October 8. Collaborative Cataloging Japan (CCJ) is a co-presenter for the exhibition.
Originally produced for the Program for Art on Film, a joint venture of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the J. Paul Getty Trust, MA: Space/Time is set in a 16th century stone garden in a Buddhist Zen temple in Kyoto. Iimura explores the concept of Ma, the indivisible state of time and place, and makes the film viewing an experience of Ma through slow tracking shots that mirror the meditative process of walking through the garden. These slow shots also allow viewers to focus on details in both positive and negative space in the film, from the groomed sand and stones in the garden to the use of shakkei (borrowed space) in the trees visible over the garden wall.
Peter D’Agostino, a Film and Media Arts professor at Temple University and the Director of Temple’s NewTechLab, will facilitate a discussion from 6-6:30pm. Admission to the event is free for members of the Japan America Society. To become a member, click here.
Collaborative Cataloging Japan (CCJ) is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization that provides archival and media preservation support to institutional and private collections of Japanese experimental moving image works produced from 1950s through 1980s, with the goals of documentation, preservation, and opening access internationally to these materials. For more information, please visit: http://www.collabjapan.org