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Friday, 24 September 2010

Paul Clipson & Gareth Hardwick Gig Review!

Here's Paul's website so you can keep updated about what he's doing.

Paul has just gone to catch the plane to Le Havre for his next show - it's so windy outside today! The gig on Wednesday night at ESA Patrick Studios was really mind-blowing - he shoots almost every day, and makes himself film even if he really doesn't feel like it, and you can tell that his work is the work of someone who is dedicated, who knows their tools. The colour saturation of his films is also incredible, and the clean image he gets - wow. It's often hard to believe it has been shot on Super 8, and looks more like 16mm at times. He uses these amazing overlaying techniques with multiple exposures to mesmerising effect, and also moves the camera from side to side and up and down and zooms in and out and uses far away shots and macro ones, and all this combines to create some stunning textures and layers of film, as if you're moving right into the stargate itself! He uses the Super 8 colour stock Velvia a lot, and reckons it's similar to Kodachrome in colour quality, and also loves the b/w stock Plus-X (which Kodak have stopped making but which you can still find in one or two places, including Super8 Reversal Lab in Rotterdam). Paul gets the films processed at labs and pretty much spends all his money on film! Yep, I know THAT feelin! (Paris, Texas...)

So on the evening of the gig, Gareth was performing too (great stuff!) to one of Paul's longer pieces, and it worked beautifully. The two artists, Paul and Gareth, were working on their own pieces, and Gareth was working without seeing what Paul was projecting, and that way it's up to the audience to work to draw them together and make connections between them. The atmosphere was really, really good. Paul commented on that afterwards too. I think everyone had an ace time - I know I felt really elated from the show. We also did an informal Q&A at the end, which was really good - no awkward silences, people had a lot to ask, and Paul and Gareth were really good at explaining their art to us, it was brill.

Thanks to everyone who made it down - really enjoyed the vibe, and hope you can make it to the other CK gigs. Feels ace knowing that people are loving experimental film, makes all the effort totally worth it! Big thanks to ESA for letting us use their space for the event, and the sound was also ace - thanks to Stu for that, great job!
And of course, massive thanks to Paul and Gareth for making the night what it was!

x Martha

Sunday, 5 September 2010

Japanese Experimental Cinema: An Evening with Takahiko Iimura

Cherry Kino and the University of Leeds present:

Japanese Experimental Cinema: An Evening with Takahiko Iimura

Date: October 11th 2010

Time: 18:30-21:00

Venue: ICS Cinema, University of Leeds

Price: FREE

Takahiko Iimura is an experimental filmmaker, video artist and writer on experimental film who has been working with the moving image since the 1960s. His work explores the relationship between media, time and language and has strived to redefine the exhibition of cinema as a mode of performance. He has worked closely with members of the Hi-Red Centre and Fluxus, as well as Yoko Ono, Jonas Mekas, John Cage, Stan Brakhage, Stan Vanderbeek and many others, bridging boundaries between film, art and performance. He moved to New York in 1966 and has since been a conduit of intercultural communication between Japan and America, introducing Japanese experimental cinema to the West and vice versa. He recently began self-releasing his work on DVD and continues to travel around the world to show his films.

"Although Taka was and continues to be an active part of the New York avant-garde scene, he always remained an enigmatic, mysterious presence, pursuing his own unique route through the very center of the avant-garde cinema. While the intensity and the fire of the American avant-garde film movement inspired him and attracted him, his Japanese origins contributed decisively to his uncompromising explorations of cinema's minimalist and conceptualist possibilities. He has explored this direction of cinema in greater depth than anyone else." – Jonas Mekas

“From early sixties, though Japanese, Iimura was well known as one of the first generation of the New York Underground ... For many years, Japanese experimental film was Takahiko Iimura” - Malcolm Le Grice

Cherry Kino and the CWC-MCN University of Leeds have invited Takahiko Iimura to join our screening of a selection of his films, which will be followed by a Q&A with the filmmaker himself. Many thanks to WREAC ( who are helping us fund the event and ICS who kindly offered their venue.

Other dates in the UK include:

October 5th: London, Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club (

October 6th: London, Nowhere Lab (Workshop)

October 7th: London, Central St. Martins, University of Arts London

October 11th: Leeds, University of Leeds

October 13th: Bristol, Arnolfini (

For more information on Takahiko Iimura, please see:


Ai (Love) (1962) - with music by Yoko Ono

Iro (Colour) (1962-3)

Kuzu (Junk) (1962) - with music by Takehisa Kosugi

One Frame Duration (1977)

Cine-Dance: Anma (1963) - with butoh dancers Tatsumi Hijikata and Kazuo Ohno

Ma: Space/Time at the Garden of Ryoan-ji (1989)

Performance of White Calligraphy (2008)

x Martha