Shibuya-Tokyo, 10 min, 2010
As a sequel to Tokyo-Ebisu, this film shows the views around the exits of 20 stations in JR Yamanote Line, from Shibuya Station to Tokyo Station clockwise.
Tomonari Nishikawa has emerged in the last 15 years as one of the most precise and beguiling avant-garde filmmakers working today. – BAM
Tomonari Nishikawa’s films are meticulously crafted containers for the uncontainable. Distinguished by their intricate and mesmerizing imagery, his films are based on complex formulas that Nishikawa develops to guide his production practices, which — when followed in the manner of a script or a score — result in densely patterned compositions and sequences that reflect the artist’s deep commitment to aesthetic order. Yet Nishikawa executes these formulas in environments that are brimming with variables. Shot in a variety of public spaces devoted to transit, leisure, commerce, and ritual, his films document the quotidian movements and occurrences that animate these environments, registering the ordinary unpredictability of the world. His work is both rigorous and playful, staggering and thrilling, a cinema of structure that is also a cinema beyond control. – Josh Guilford
All stills, photographs, and artwork courtesy Canyon Cinema and ©Tomonari Nishikawa. Screening co-presented with Canyon Cinema.