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Shuzo Azuchi Gulliver’s Cinematic Illumination

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In 1969, Shuzo Azuchi Gulliver conceived of an immersive moving-image event created by beaming images from 18 slide projectors across the Tokyo discotheque Killer Joe’s. The resulting Cinematic Illumination had the effect of transforming frame-by-frame film projection into a 360-degree environment intended to meld with the sound, lights, and moving bodies in the underground venue. Gulliver created the nearly 1,500 slides from film footage of everyday actions and magazine imagery, imbuing one of the period’s most spectacular multiple projection works with a do-it-yourself attitude.

Cinematic Illumination was originally created for the Intermedia Arts Festival, organized in 1969 by Japanese artists associated with the Fluxus movement. This presentation premieres the recent restoration and acquisition of the work by MoMA’s Department of Media and Performance, building on the groundbreaking reconstruction at the Tokyo Photographic Art Museum in 2017. The first exhibition of a historical moving-image installation in the Kravis Studio, it brings the 1960s to life on a large scale, interweaving the international history of avant-garde art, experimental approaches to film, and the meeting of art and technology in nightlife spaces.

 

 

Organized by Sophie Cavoulacos, Assistant Curator, Department of Film

Shuzo Azuchi Gulliver: Cinematic Illumination coincides with More Than Cinema: Motoharu Jonouchi and Keiichi Tanaami, on view at Pioneer Works this spring, organized by Ann Adachi-Tasch, Go Hirasawa, and Julian Ross of Collaborative Cataloging Japan.

 

The exhibition is presented as part of The Hyundai Card Performance Series.

Generous support is provided by The Sarah Arison Fund for Performance.

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 Shuzo Azuchi Gulliver. Cinematic Illumination. 1968-69. Installation view, Japanese Expanded Cinema: Revisited, Tokyo Photographic Art Museum, 2017. Courtesy the artist and Tokyo Photographic Art Museum

 Shuzo Azuchi Gulliver. Cinematic Illumination. 1968-69. Installation view, Japanese Expanded Cinema: Revisited, Tokyo Photographic Art Museum, 2017. Courtesy the artist and Tokyo Photographic Art Museum

Shuzo Azuchi Gulliver. Cinematic Illumination. 1968-69. Performance at Killer Joe’s, Tokyo, for the Intermedia Arts Festival, 1969. Courtesy the artist