This introductory programme concentrates on works by Sakumi Hagiwara and Hiroshi Yamazaki.
Yamazaki's films correspond strongly to his photographic works, which are concerned with filmic temporality and the understanding of film as a time-based medium. His observational films explore the relationship between the camera and nature, the optical features intrinsic to the tool and how it facilitates the understanding of the dimensional and transitional elements of recurring natural phenomena.
Hagiwara’s films consist of an observational statement that, combined with a phenomenal sensitivity to light, movement and stillness, offers a space for reflection on landscape, time, cinema, and image, which relates to both still photography and conceptual time-based art. For example in Kiri (1972), Hagiwara reveals how a landscape appears as the fog slowly disappears, in one single shot (11 min) with the camera fixed on a tripod.