MONO NO AWARE is a non-profit organization in NYC, an important base for experimental film production and education using film in the US. Steve Cossman(founder) and artist Lily Jue Sheng will visit Center in Japan. We have a talk about the history of MONO NO AWARE and screening of experimental films that have not been shown in Japan.
Date:11th Jan. 2023
Alternative Space and Hostel
Kanuma city, Japan
Admission:2,000JPY including drink service
MONO XVI FESTIVAL OF CINEMA ARTS and some works from Lily Jue Sheng
The Meadow, by Maya Endelman
For Cynthia, by Nora Rodriguez
Deprivation by Caity Arthur
Mono No Aware
MNA (est. 2007) is a non-profit cinema-arts organization whose mission is connectivity through the cinematic experience. MONO NO AWARE presents a bi-annual cinema-arts festival exhibiting the work of contemporary artists that incorporate live film projections and altered light as part of a performance, sculpture or installation (Expanded Cinema). The 16th anniversary program took place in December of 2022 and presented the work of over 50 international artists including the premiere of 4 commissioned works. In 2009 MNA established a series of peer to peer filmmaking workshops that has grown to educate 800 participants a year locally with an outreach program to another 1000 inter/nationally. In support of continued practice, the organization maintains a reduced rate equipment rentals program and imports / distributes a variety of film stocks out of their Brooklyn home office. Through the organization, Cossman curates two in-person screening series entitled Connectivity Through Cinema & Open Air presenting the work of contemporary moving image artists. Operating in the fields of education, production and exhibition, has allowed him to establish long-term relationships with industry leaders like FotoKem, Technicolor, Kodak, and local institutions including the MoMA and the Thomas Edison National Historical Park. In 2014, MNA expanded the wet-lab facilities and begin building the nation’s first full-service non-profit motion picture laboratory dedicated to artists, archivists and filmmakers.
Steve Cossman is Founder and Executive Director of Mono No Aware (est. 2007).
His first major work on film, TUSSLEMUSCLE, earned him Kodak’s Continued Excellence in Filmmaking award. He has completed residencies at MoMA PS1 as part of Expo 1, at the Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto and Brooklyn Magazine named Cossman one of the ‘Top 100 most Influential persons of Brooklyn Culture.’ He has been a visiting lecturer at Brown University, Dartmouth, Yale, SAIC, the University of Pennsylvania, Duke, The Beijing Film Academy, and many others. His second work on film, W H I T E C A B B A G E, a collaboration with Jahiliyya Fields of L.I.E.S. Records, had its U.S. premiere at Anthology Film Archives. His film RELAY, an experimental form documentary shot in Japan with the musician Ei Wada had its premiere at JAPAN CUTS at the Japan Society of New York. As a cinematographer and film technician he has collaborated and supported the work of Leslie Thornton, Cynthia Madansky, Rosa Barba, and Yto Barrada. Steve was cinematographer for Yto
Barrada’s 16mm feature film ‘A Day Is A Day’ which premiered at The 2022 Whitney Biennial as a dual-channel looping installation.
Lily Jue Sheng is an artist/filmmaker whose work concentrates on moving image and collage forms. Their recent screenings include: International Film Festival Rotterdam, Beijing International Short Film Festival, True/False Film Festival, 25 FPS Festival, RIDM Montreal International Documentary Festival, and Winnipeg Underground Festival. Their recent exhibitions, performances, and online works include: seen only, heard only through someone else’s description at McEvoy Foundation for the Arts, Doc 008: Interlude Docs, Open Air Screening Series at Mono No Aware, and Five Movements at The Poetry Project. They received a Jerome Foundation Artist Fellowship and residencies at the Anderson Center and NARS Foundation.