MA: SPACE/TIME IN THE GARDEN OF RYOAN-JI

by Takahiko IIMURA
1989 / 16mm / color / sound / 1S / 16' 00

Music by Takehisa Kosugi A fine introduction to classic Japanese gardens and the concept of MA. -- Scott MacDonald, Afterimage The early sixteenth-century Japanese garden in the Zen temple of Ryoan-ji, in Kyoto, is considered a masterpiece of the karesansui or "dry landscape" style... In this film, the viewer is invited to experience the garden as an embodiment of ma, a Japanese concept that conveys both time and space... The aesthetic of the film is the message, it has the quality of an experimental film, a conceptual film-an artwork in itself. Good balance of music/visuals/titles. If not as compelling for some viewers as for others, still rated as very effective. Makes one want to visit the actual garden and experience its spiritual energy. -- Art on Screen, edited by Nadine Covert, New York

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