Ann Adachi-Tasch, Collaborative Cataloging Japan, Japanese Experimental Moving Image, 1955-1979
This presentation will aim to highlight the different pockets of experimentalism of avant-garde film and video production that were active in Japan from the mid-1950s through the 1970s. The talk will also briefly cover CCJ’s mission and its method and strategies for safeguarding this legacy.
Ann Adachi-Tasch is Executive Director of Collaborative Cataloging Japan, a not-for-profit that supports preservation and archiving of Japanese historical and experimental moving image works. She has worked at The Museum of Modern Art where she managed projects for the Museum’s global research initiative titled Contemporary and Modern Art Perspectives (C-MAP), and contributed to the launch of its digital platform, post (post.at.moma.org). In 2009, she organized a touring screening program and publication of Japanese experimental video and film, Vital Signals at Electronic Arts Intermix, a video art archive and distributor where she was the Distribution Coordinator. She has given presentations and written about the status of media archiving at The Museum of Modern Art Tokyo (Tokyo); Keio University Art Center (Tokyo); Tate Modern (London); and the Archives of American Art (Washington D.C.), among others.