at Taka Ishii Gallery Tokyo
in the Roppongi, Nogizaka area
This event has ended - (2006-07-25 - 2006-08-26)
It was once rejected by the Shinjuku Ward office as an unsuccessful project on the ward. Entitled Shinjuku 1973, 25pm the video is, clearly, set in Shinjuku. Shot with a shaky handheld camera, the black and white video generally features random scans of the sky and the “city” at night. There are a few barely legible street signs, a couple of neon lights and the roar of motorcycles, making it a very subjective work.
The video is being screened along with a series of color slides, projected on another of the gallery’s walls. The slides are, typically for Moriyama, images of female nudes: young women undressing, street photography and landscapes, but all seem to have been taken in more recent years. Due to the lack of people’s faces in the video, one almost finds oneself glancing at the the stills of various naked butt cheeks in the slides and mentally pasting them into the old Shinjuku Ward video as faces. A great juxtaposition.