[KineJapan] Film / Moving Image Events at AAS in Asia

Japanese Cinema Discussion Forum kinejapan at lists.osu.edu
Tue Jun 21 08:28:15 EDT 2016

Coincidentlally, I was looking through the program for the conference,
which is available in database form at the AAS website. I only plugged in
the search term "film" and was amazed at how many panels came up.

This is in stark contrast to the main AAS conference, which I attended this
spring in Seattle. I was rather shocked at how few panels there were on
film. There are easily two or three times as many film panels in Kyoto as
Seattle, and needless to say the scale of the latter is relatively
enormous. There were  3381 attendees this year with 375 panels—with 2.5%
indicating a specialization in film studies. Kyoto has 226 panels.

The Kyoto film panels all look excellent. Like, really, really good.
Presumably, panels like this were proposed for Seattle. I'd like to learn
what was going on in the selection committee.* SCMS *was* scheduled at the
same time, but I wonder if it's just lack of interest in the association.


* This year it was: James Robson, Harvard University (Chair,
Interarea/Border Crossing); Douglas Haynes, Dartmouth College (Vice Chair,
Interarea/Border Crossing); James Benn, McMaster University (China & Inner
Asia); Neil Diamant, Dickinson College (China & Inner Asia); Carla
Nappi, University
of British Columbia (China & Inner Asia); Anne Allison, Duke
University (Japan);
Eve Zimmerman, Wellesley College (Japan); Young Oh, Arizona State
University (Korea); George Dutton, UCLA (South/Southeast Asia); Wendy
Singer, Kenyon College (South Asia).

On Tue, Jun 21, 2016 at 3:10 PM, Japanese Cinema Discussion Forum via
KineJapan <kinejapan at lists.osu.edu> wrote:

> Hi Matteo!
> Apologies for not mentioning this: The two screenings are open to the
> public (non-AAS attendees as well), and free- no tickets required.
> Depending on how many people show up you might want to come to the venue
> (inside Doshisha University) a bit early.
> Looking forward to seeing you there!
> Alex
> *Gesendet:* Dienstag, 21. Juni 2016 um 14:26 Uhr
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> *An:* "Japanese Cinema Discussion Forum" <kinejapan at lists.osu.edu>
> *Betreff:* Re: [KineJapan] Film / Moving Image Events at AAS in Asia
> Alex,
> thank you for the information, I might be able  (that is, I really want)
> to attend the "Asia is One" screening, do we need to buy tickets in
> advance/reserve? And can anyone attend?
> Thank you
> Matteo Boscarol
> ボスカロル マッテオ
> 記憶ただ陽炎のゆらめき
> - LuccaFilmFestival
> Asia and Japan Correspondent
> http://luccafilmfestival.it
> - Sonatine2010
> http://www.sonatine2010.blogspot.jp
> - Storia(e) del Documentario in Giappone
> http://storiadocgiappone.wordpress.com
> - Screenweek Japan
> On Jun 21, 2016, at 1:23 PM, Japanese Cinema Discussion Forum via
> KineJapan <kinejapan at lists.osu.edu> wrote:
> Hello Everyone!
> For those that will be in Kyoto for AAS in Asia this weekend, we have put
> together a number of film-related events that (hopefully) will be
> interesting. More details are below, but here is a quick overview:
> - Friday will feature a performance by the amazing benshi Kataoka Ichiro,
> introduced by KineJapan's own Markus Nornes
> - Saturday and Sunday will see the environmental video (essay) project, in
> which over a dozen scholars put together an amazing array of video essays,
> exploring new ways of presenting research. The videos will screen at
> different locations throughout the conference
> - At the reception on Saturday evening, see a stunning screening of
> animation artist Mizue Mirai's film "Wonder" using the Hyatt's 360 degree
> screening equipment
> - Sunday will feature the "Islands - Across and Between" program with two
> really rare and fascinating screenings:
> The morning screening is an selection of works by Yamashiro Chikako, one
> of the most prominent young video artists in Japan. Working at the
> intersection of geopolitics, gender, and sexuality much of Yamashiro's
> captivating work centers on Okinawa and its many overdetermined facets.
> After the screening Yamashiro will be present for a Q&A moderated by myself.
> The afternoon screening is an immensely rare opportunity to see the
> legendary 1973 documentary "Asia is One" by NDU (Nihon Documentary Union),
> screened with English subtitles for the first time. Shot while the
> filmmakers were illegally in the southernmost part of Okinawa, the film
> follows laborers from Taiwan and Korea and their complex life trajectories,
> finally traveling to the site of an anti-Japanese uprising in Taiwan.
> Following the screening one of the members of NDU, Inoue Osamu, will be
> present for a discussion with KineJapan's own Roland Domenig.
>  Hopefully you have time to drop by- see you there!
> Alex
> *Benshi Performance*
> by Ichiro KATAOKA
> Musical accompaniment by Kamiya Ayumi
> Introduction by Professor Markus Nornes, University of Michigan
> Films:
> Duel at Takadanobaba (Ito Daisuke, 1928, 10 mins.)
> It’s a Gift (Norman McLeod, 1934, 10 mins.)
> Removing the Lump (Kubotori, Murata Yasuji,1929, 10 mins.)
> In the 1920s and early 1930s Japanese audiences often went to the theater
> to enjoy the electrifying art of a *benshi *rather than to see a specific
> film. *Benshi* were film narrators that performed along with the films
> and often commanded huge salaries for their masterful use of voice for
> subtle effects and dramatic fireworks of emotion.
> Ichirô Kataoka graduated from the Nihon University College of Art and
> began training under the most famous veteran *benshi* in Japan, Midori
> Sawato, in 2002. He is the most well-known *benshi* of his generation,
> known for not only performing with the more “traditional” *benshi*
> accompaniment of a small musical ensemble, but also working with
> experimental or electronic music.
> *Video Essays - Moving Images, Moving Scholarship*
> Conventionally conferences provide a strict division between academic
> papers and a small number of film screenings. This project will bring
> audiovisual scholarship into the conference space by projecting short film
> essays on a variety of topics onto walls, floors, and strategically placed
> screens.
> The project not only makes the environment of the conference itself into a
> part of the display of scholarly research, it also helps represent the
> intense media environment that has developed in urban East Asia. It
> explores new ways of formulating and presenting scholarship that ranges
> from the experimental to the carefully narrated.
> Video Essay List:
> *Erin Huang (Princeton University)*
> *Industrial Heterotopias: The Spaces of Socialist and Capitalist
> Industrial Modernities*
> *Marie Abe (Boston University)*
> *Chindon-ya: Musical Advertisement Practice on the Japanese Streets *
> *Franz Prichard (Princeton University)*
> *An illustrated dictionary of urban residues: on the in/visible ecologies
> of photographic thought from Japan*
> *Ryan Cook (Emory University)*
> *Girls Are Not Bound by Thermodynamics: Anime in the Anthropocene*
> *Paul Roquet (Brown University)*
> *Scenes Before Cinema*
> *Phil Kaffen (New York University)*
> *A Mere Confrontation? *
> *Miki Kaneda (Boston University)*
> *The Unforgettable Sounds of Empire*
> *Diane Lewis (University of Washington, St. Louis)*
> *The Great Kanto Earthquake (1923) and the Japanese Film Industry*
> *Viola Lasmana (University of Southern California)*
> *Archival Emanations: A Video Remix in the Contrapuntal*
> *Xiao Liu (McGill University)*
> *Mobile Cells, Enclaved Life*
> *Andrew Campana (Harvard University)*
> *Lines in the Concrete: Poetry and Intermedia in Postwar Japan*
> *Veronika Kusumaryati (Harvard University) *
> *Michaela Lola Abrera (Free University of Berlin)*
> *Children of Neon: The Incubation and Proliferation of the Sex Tourism
> Industry in Olongapo City, Philippines*
> *Joshua Neves (Concordia University)*
> *Islands –––– Across And Between*
> These two screenings present work made more than forty years apart – one
> by a collective, one by a single female artist; one on film, the other in
> the medium of video; one as a documentary, the other as conceptual art. Yet
> they both relentlessly and inventively explore the legacies left by
> colonialism and war, of spaces floating in-between, with unclear borders
> and heterogeneous memories. Centering on Okinawa but pointing far beyond
> it, these two programs produce an unique parallax view on East Asian
> history through the prism of moving images.
> *Program A: Yamashiro Chikako Special*
> In attendance of Yamashiro Chikako
> Yamashiro Chikako’s fascinating work channels the complex situation of
> Okinawa by creating a bridge between her corporeality and the medium of
> video. Her work on Okinawa as a postcolonial in-between space has made her
> one of the most accomplished video artists in Japan.
> Yamashiro has been exhibited in the Mori Art Museum, the Tokyo
> Metropolitan Museum of Photography, and the National Museum of Modern Art.
> This program presents her compelling video works, followed by a discussion
> with the artist herself.
> *Program B: Asia is One (Japan Documentarist Union/ NDU, 1973) (w. Engl.
> subtitles)*
> Roland Domenig (Meiji Gakuin University) as guest speaker
> The legendary film *Asia is One* was believed lost until a negative
> resurfaced in the 2000s and screened at the Yamagata International
> Documentary Film Festival. Tracing the legacy of Japanese colonialism this
> provocative film, shot surreptitiously by a the filmmaking collective NDU
> without visa (then necessary to travel to Okinawa) travels southward from
> Taiwanese and Korean laborers in Okinawa to Tayal village in Taiwan, where
> the anti-Japanese uprising known as the Musha Incident took place. *Asia
> is One* stands as a fascinating example of fiercely political cinema–
> don’t miss the rare opportunity to view one of the most extraordinary works
> of Asian documentary history.
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