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
(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

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

Introduction to Pre-Cinema Technologies – July 16, 2011
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 13 July 2011 –

Non-members: FREE
Members: FREE

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Toronto ON Canada