VITAL SIGNALS: EARLY JAPANESE VIDEO ART
DVD Anthology + Catalogue Publication
Please join EAI for a special launch event celebrating the publication of the new Vital Signals DVD anthology and 100-page catalogue on early video art from Japan. Selections from the Vital Signals program will be screened during the event. The anthology and catalogue publication are available through EAI's distribution service for use in educational institutions and will be available for purchase during the launch.
Vital Signals is a survey of the vibrant, interdisciplinary video art scene in Japan in the 1960s and '70s. While early video art from the U.S. and Europe is internationally recognized, the parallel activities of artists working in Japan—the birthplace of the camcorder and other technological innovations—are not widely known. The Vital Signals DVD anthology features video works by fifteen Japanese artists, including key figures such as Takahiko Iimura, Mako Idemitsu, Toshio Matsumoto and Kohei Ando.
The Vital Signals anthology and catalogue emerge from EAI's touring video exhibition of the same name. Organized by EAI in collaboration with the Yokohama Museum of Art and a team of Japanese curators and scholars, the three-part screening program brings together rarely screened early Japanese video alongside seminal works from the EAI Collection. Vital Signals has traveled to venues across the globe, including Japan Society, New York; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Aurora Picture Show, Houston, Hiroshima Museum of Contemporary Art; Yokohama Museum; Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art, Sapporo; and the University of London; among others. For more information about the touring program and upcoming screenings please visit: www.eai.org.__________________________________
Vital Signals has been organized and produced by Ann Adachi of EAI. The video programs were curated by Ann Adachi and Yukie Kamiya, Chief Curator, Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, Hiroshima, Japan, and Hirofumi Sakamoto, Professor, Wakkanai Hokusei Gakuen University, Hokkaido, Japan.