. Conversations at the Edge (CATE)

Tomonari Nishikawa & Small-Gauge Japan

Posted by | Jessica Bardsley | Posted on | March 2, 2012

March 8, 6pm | Tomonari Nishikawa in person

Tomonari Nishikawa, Tokyo-Ebisu (2010). Courtesy the artist.

Working in formats ranging from Super 8 to 35mm still photographic film, Tomonari Nishikawa constructs his films through precise single-frame shooting, elaborate masking, superimposition, and in-camera editing. He transforms the elements of urban life into multilayered abstractions of light, movement, and space. This evening Nishikawa will present a selection of his own works alongside a survey of films by other contemporary Japanese filmmakers working in small-gauge formats. 2005–11, Multiple directors, Japan/USA/Thailand, Various formats, ca 80 minutes + discussion.


Sketch Film #1 (2005, USA, Super 8mm, 18fps, silent, 3 min)
Sketch Film #2 (2005, USA, Super 8mm, 18fps, silent, 3 min)
Market Street (2005, USA, 16mm, silent, 5 min)
Sketch Film #3 (2006, USA/Japan, Super 8mm, 18fps, silent, 3 min)
Sketch Film #4 (2007, USA, Super 8 mm, 18fps, silent, 3 min)
Sketch Film #5 (2007, USA, Super 8mm, 18fps, silent, 3 min)
Lumphini 2552 (2009, Thailand, 35mm, 1.33:1, sound, 3 min)
16 – 18 – 4 (2008, Japan, 35mm, 1.33:1, silent, 2.5 min)
Clear Blue Sky (2006, USA, Quicktime file, sound, 4 min)
Tokyo – Ebisu (2010, Japan, 16mm, sound, 5 min)
Shibuya – Tokyo (2010, Japan, 16mm, sound, 10 min)
Shake ‘n Bake (work-in-progress, USA, 16mm, sound, 3 min)

Area of No Sound (Mie Kurihara, 2006, Japan, Super 8mm, Color/Magnetic Sound, 14 min)
On the Shore (Ryo Ishikawa, 2011, Japan, Single 8mm, Color, Magnetic Sound, 4 min)
center*center (Saika Tokunaga, 2011, Japan, Super 8mm, Color, Sound on CD, 4 min)
suginami-green (Hajime Kawaguchi, 2007, Japan, Super 8mm, Color, Silent, 3 min)

TOMONARI NISHIKAWA (b. 1969, Nagoya, Japan) works in both single-channel and installation formats, using 35mm, 16mm, and Super 8mm film. His films have screened at major film festivals worldwide, including the Berlinale, Edinburgh International Film Festival, Hong Kong International Film Festival, P.S.1, International Film Festival Rotterdam, Media City, New York Film Festival, Singapore International Film Festival, and Toronto International Film Festival. His installation works have exhibited at Disjecta Art Space in Portland, Headlands Center for the Arts, San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery, and Still Motion in Toronto. Nishikawa has curated screenings around the world, including the Yebisu International Festival for Art & Alternative Visions in Tokyo, and he is one of the co-founders of KLEX: Kuala Lumpur Experimental Film and Video Festival in Malaysia. He holds an MFA in Film from San Francisco Art Institute and currently teaches at Cinema Department, Binghamton University.


Tomonari Nishikawa’s website