Tate Modern Film

Eyes Go Pop: Psychedelic Japan

Rikuro Miyai, Phenomenology of Zeitgeist 1968, film still

Rikuro Miyai, Phenomenology of Zeitgeist 1968, film still

Courtesy the artist

These psychedelic works from the atomic age explore the artistic possibilities of printed media and mass-production to alter minds. Including the international premiere of Phenomenology of Zeitgeist a double projection film by Rikuro Miyai that documents unauthorised actions on the streets of the Shinjuku district of Tokyo by the radical performance group Zero-Jigen. The evening will also feature Mako Idemitsu’s film Inner Man on gender and cultural collision, Tatsuo Shimamura psychedelic city film Illusion City and Keiichi Tanaami’s virtuoso animations and rare multi projection film 4 Eyes.


Rikuro Miyai will present Phenomenology of Zeitgeist in person with live music by lll人 (Paul Abbott / Seymour Wright / Daichi Yoshikawa)

Keiichi Tanaami 4 Eyes Japan 1975, 16mm, multiple projection, colour, 9 min

Mako Idemitsu Inner Man USA/Japan 1972, 16mm transferred to video, colour, 5 min

Keiichi Tanaami Sweet Touch of Love, Japan 1974, 16mm, colour, 3 min

Tatsuo Shimamura Illusion City / 幻影都市 Japan 1967, 16mm transferred to video, colour, 5 min

Keiichi Tanaami Why Japan 1975, 16mm, b&w and colour, 10 min

Rikuro Miyai Phenomenology of Zeitgeist / 時代精神の現象学 Japan 1967, 16mm, multiple projection, b&w, 35 min

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London SE1 9TG
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Date & Time

22 January 2016 at 19.00–21.00