• 42/83: No Film
  • Ten Mornings Ten Evenings and One Horizon
  • 31/75: Asyl
  • Tokyo - Ebisu

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Underground International: Kurt Kren and Tomonari Nishikawa

BAMPFA Student Committee Pick

In Conversation

  • Patrick Harrison is a doctoral student in film and media at UC Berkeley. He and Megan Hoetger guest curated tonight’s program.

  • Megan Hoetger, a doctoral candidate in performance studies, wrote her dissertation on Kurt Kren.

This program’s cinematic duet highlights the intergenerational convergences and transcontinental connections animating the structural filmmaking tradition. Through the alternately contemplative and psychedelic works of Kurt Kren, a pioneering Austrian filmmaker, and Tomonari Nishikawa, a contemporary Japanese filmmaker living in the US, we explore the social and material undergrounds in which avant-garde film has been embedded, from a co-op basement in 1970s Amsterdam to the irradiated soil of present-day Fukushima. In their films, space and time compress and distend as the dis/junctures between the human eye and camera eye are explored, excited, exploited, excoriated. The seams burst open. The differences between reality and experience, apparatus and nature deliriously dissolve.

—Megan Hoetger and Patrick Harrison, Guest Curators

Films in this Screening

42/83: No Film

Kurt Kren, Austria, 1983

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  • 16mm
  • Silent
  • 1 mins
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  • Canyon Cinema

Ten Mornings Ten Evenings and One Horizon

Tomonari Nishikawa, Japan, 2016

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  • 16mm
  • 10 mins
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  • Canyon Cinema

31/75: Asyl

Kurt Kren, Austria, 1975

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  • 16mm
  • Silent
  • 9 mins
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  • Canyon Cinema

Tokyo - Ebisu

Tomonari Nishikawa, Japan, 2010

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  • 16mm
  • 5 mins
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  • Canyon Cinema

46/90: Falter 2

Kurt Kren, Austria, 1990

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  • 1 mins
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23/69: Underground Explosion

Kurt Kren, Austria, 1969

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  • 16mm
  • 5 mins
  • Canyon Cinema

30/73: Coop Cinema Amsterdam

Kurt Kren, Austria, 1973

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  • 16mm
  • 3 mins
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Into the Mass

Tomonari Nishikawa, United States, 2007

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  • 6 mins
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38/79: Sentimental Punk

Kurt Kren, Austria, 1979

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Market Street

Tomonari Nishikawa, United States, 2005

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11/65: Helga Philipp Painting
(11/65: Bild Helga Philipp)

Kurt Kren, Austria, 1965

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Sketch Film #3

Tomonari Nishikawa, United States, Japan, 2006

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  • Super 8
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  • Tomonari Nishikawa

49/95: Tausendjahrekino
(49/95: Thousandyearsofcinema)

Kurt Kren, Austria, 1995

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3/60: Trees in Autumn
(3/60: Bäume im Herbst)

Kurt Kren, Austria, 1980

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Lumphini 2552

Tomonari Nishikawa, Thailand, 2009

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sound of a million insects, light of a thousand stars

Tomonari Nishikawa, Japan, 2014

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  • 2 mins
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  • Canyon Cinema