"Quest for Vision vol.5 Spelling Dystopia" Exhibition
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Each year since 2008, the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography has organized an exhibition around one of five basic concepts of moving images—Imagination, Animation, 3D Vision, Expansion and Reduction, and The Image as Record—as part of its series entitled "Quest for Vision." In this, the fifth year, "The Image as Record" forms the theme around which we will trace, through the museum's collections, the history of the medium of moving images and consider its role as it stands today.
It could be said that the history of film in general began with a documentary film. The world's first ever live-action film called La Sortie de L'Usine Lumière à Lyon (Workers Leaving the Lumière Factory), released in 1895 and made by the Lumière brothers who were considered to be the fathers of cinematography, is a documentary-style film showing, as the title indicates, scenes of workers emerging from a factory. Now 100 years later, documentary films have established their own separate genre and we are now able to view documentaries not only in cinemas, but also on television and via Internet-based video distribution and social media systems, and even to make and distribute our own documentary films. It's been more than a century since moving images came to be and their role becomes ever more complex as the nature of everyday experiences is constantly changing.
So, what kinds of records are moving images able to make? What kinds of things are they able to convey? What kinds of things were they ever able to convey? These questions are used as the starting point of this exhibition in which we will examine the transition and the potential of documentary film from the past, in the present and for the future, referencing a few examples in which moving images and society are inextricably linked.