Tomonari Nishikawa - Summer 2011 Artist in Residence

 LIFT announced today that Japanese, upstate New York based Tomonari Nishikawa will be in Toronto participating in LIFT’s international artist-in-residence program. This program, aimed at international filmmakers, focuses on the production of film-based works with equipment and facilities to which the artist would not have access in their local region. Tomonari’s schedule will feature programs in each of LIFT’s core areas—education, exhibition and production services. During the residency he will work with LIFT to complete a series of 35mm and 16mm films as well as two installation projects. On Wednesday July 13th Tomonari will be presenting his short film Apollo accompanied by a reading and discussion of Friedrich Nietzsche’s The Birth of Tragedy as part of the No Reading After the Internet series. On Saturday July 16th Tomonari will present a full day workshop titled Zoetropes: Introduction to Pre-Cinema Technologies (see below for full description). As well on Monday July the 18th the Early Monthly Segments screening series is presenting Traveling Through A Gate and Liquid a screening currated by Tomonari of contemporary Japanese handprocessed films. This screening at the Gladstone Hotel Art Bar provides Toronto audiences with a rare opportunity to see new film works by Saika Tokunaga, keitaro oshima, Yo Ota, Masaru Noto, Ichiro Sueoka, Akira Mizuyoshi and Shinkan Tamaki. Additional public activities will be announced as the residency continues.


Tomonari Nishikawa is an award-winning filmmaker who has screened his work in film festivals worldwide, including Market Street which was commissioned by Exploratorium and received a Film Award at EXiS: Experimental Film and Video Festival in Seoul, South Korea. Nishikawa also works on installation projects, including Building 945 which received the 2008 Grant from the Museum of Contemporary Cinema in Spain. Nishikawa is one of the co-founders of KLEX: Kuala Lumpur Experimental Film and Video Festival in Malaysia for which he works as a festival adviser. He currently teaches as a visiting artist at Cinema Department, Binghamton University.
Zoetropes: Introduction to Pre-Cinema Technologies – July 16, 2011 at LIFT
This one-day workshop focuses on the construction of zoetropes and phenakistoscopes. A zoetrope is pre-cinema technology that produces an illusion of action from a rapid succession of static pictures. Participants learn how the motion of a zoetrope creates moving images, and draw shapes for their own zoetrope project. The course looks at phenakistoscopes, devices that use the persistence of vision principle to create an illusion of motion and work on a project. LIFT Artist in Residence brings samples of his experiments in pre-cinema technologies and leads the discussion in this fascinating topic.

The residency is generously supported by the Canada Council for the Arts.


The Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto (LIFT) is Canada’s foremost artist-run production and education organization dedicated to celebrating excellence in the moving image. LIFT exists to provide support and encouragement for independent filmmakers and artists through affordable access to production, post-production and exhibition equipment; professional and creative development; workshops and courses; commissioning and exhibitions; artist-residencies; and a variety of other services.


Wednesday, July 13, 2011 (All day) - Wednesday, August 10, 2011 (All day)
1137 Dupont Street
Toronto, ON