Takahiko Iimura
b. 1937

Filmmaker and video artist Takahiko Iimura’s 1960s and 1970s films pare down cinematic elements to their bare minimum in order to investigate the material basis of duration, anticipation, and resolution. In many ways, Iimura, who came to New York City from Tokyo in the 1960s, is a spiritual inheritor of that decade’s flicker experiments. In his Timed 1, 2, 3 (1972), taken from his Models series (made between 1972 and 1980), Iimura shifts between ten-second spans of clear and dark …

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