Art Alert: Cairo’s Medrar screens documentary on Pioneers of Japanese Videoart

Ahram Online , Sunday 13 Aug 2017

The documentary is directed by Kentaro Taki

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The Pioneers of Japanese Video Art (Photo: Still from the documentary)

The art documentary titled Kikai de Mirukoto (Eye Machine/To See by Chance: The Pioneers of Japanese Videoart) will be screened at Medrar on 17 August.

The 2012 documentary, directed by Kentaro Taki, presents the early history of video art in Japan starting from the late 1960s, including interviews and video works.

Some of the featured artists who are interviewed in the documentary include Katsuhiro Yamaguchi, Toshio Matsumoto, Fujiko Nakaya, Takahiko Ilmura and Hakudo Kobayashi, among others.

“Including a range of excerpts of selected video art pieces, this documentary reflects on the meaning of “VIDEO” which originally had meant “I see” in Latin. We present the roots of media art from the islands that gave birth to Sony and Panasonic,” reads the description by Medrar

The documentary is produced by VCT/ Video Art Centre Tokyo, and is supported by the Japan World Exposition 1970 Commemorative Fund.

Medrar has become a hub for video art in Cairo by organising 8 editions of the annual Cairo Video Festival, that showcases video art and experimental films from Egypt as well as international works.

17 August at 7.30pm
Medrar, 7 Gamal El-Din Abou El-Mahassen Street, Garden City, Cairo

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