PERFORMANCE / MYSELF

by Takahiko IIMURA
1972-1995 / color-b&w / sound / 1S / 29' 00




This is a compilation of the following titles:
SELF IDENTITY 1992 / 1 min (excerpt)
DOUBLE IDENTITY 1999 / 2 min (excerpt)
DOUBLE PORTRAIT 1993 / 5 min
I LOVE YOU 1993-1989 / 5 min
THIS IS A CAMERA WHICH SHOOT THIS 1982-1995 / 5 min
AS I SEE YOU YOU SEE ME 1990-1995 / 5 min
I AM A VIEWER.YOU ARE A VIEWER 1981 / 4 min
This compilation videos are assembled with 'myself' as the sole object as well as the material of the performance except two videos with Akiko iimura. The video is not just a document of the performance but a work of video-art made specifically for video utilizing the video system including camera and monitor as a part of the performance.
The video also questions the identity of oneself in video having tense relationships between words and images, and asks who is 'I'and what 'I' means.
Iimura's recent projects go far further in combining the rigor of earlier work with the accessibility and tractability of this interactive medium. (Mike Leggett)
Iimura compares the dialectics of images and language, live video image and the viewer, as well as the 'subject' and the 'object' to the complex Yin/Yang principle. (Slavko Kacunko)
In a distinctly post-modern turn Iimura places his theoretical procedures through the self of the artist and the viewer in a dialectic of linguistic discovery by speaking simple words such as "I" and "You" and discovering their great complexity and profundity. (John G. Hanhardt, Curator, Whitney Museum, New York)

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distribution format Mini DV (PAL)
screen 4/3 (single screen)
speed 25 fps
sound sound
rental fee 75,00 €