24 hours online film screening
December 11th 8pm to December 12th 8pm CET
In the context of Resonances of DiStances, basedonart will show the films:
On a Wednesday Night in Tokyo, Video, Germany /Japan, 2004, 5:35 min. by Jan Verbeek
Tokyo, 11 pm People board a train in a tightly packed crowd. Shot in one take, the video conveys the inevitable to the edge of the unbearable.
Lola / What Loreley wanted to speak, Video, Deutschland, 2010, 10:34 min. by Aki Nakazawa
“I don’t know what it should mean”, through the poem by Heinrich Heine, Loreley, the woman of legend on the Rhine has become known as a femme fatale with beautiful hair and enchanting voice. With her song she lures the boatmen on the Rhine to their death.
The story of Lola revisits the image of the singing beauty on the Rhine in a different way and shows the flip side of the image of the beautiful singer. The reinterpreted narrative takes a critical look at the stereotypical male-created image of the classic feminine woman figure.
James Bonk in Matt Blackfinger, Video, UK, 1988, 11:40 min. by Akiko Hada
A loving and hilarious parody of the famous movie spy 007, presented by the „Japanese-American Toy Theatre of London“
In the Land of the Elevator Girls, Video, USA, 1989, 4:22 min.by Steina und Woody Vasulka
The profession of elevator operator was a symbol of modernity for young women in Japan in the 1920s. Until the 1980s, it was still considered one of the most glamorous professions for women. In Steina and Woody Vasulka’s video, the audience is invited by the elevator operators into a kind of fantasy world; the open elevator doors allow visitors not only a view of everyday life in a Japanese department store, but also of exotic sights and theater performances. The elevator as a time machine transports us to 1980s Japan and reveals the curious and critical view of the two artists on a culture foreign to them.
Eternally Yours, Video, Japan, 2006, 15 Min. by Atsushi Ogata
Teruko is an elderly lady who lives alone in the countryside of Niigata. She is delighted when a man comes to her house to deliver a golden package. She thinks he is a childhood friend, but he is an impostor. The comedy that emerges from this plot plays with society’s prejudices against the elderly. The film is inspired by the many incidents in which seniors living alone in Japan have been tricked in various ways by scammers.