Sound Screening Vol.4: Philip Widmann in person

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Is it possible to perceive the same moment from different perspectives?

"Sound Screening" explores expansion of visual and auditory sensation. Philip Widmann presents his 3 films in person, who makes original worlds by experimental and documentary technique. The works include latest film which got a deep response all over the world.  The film title Fictitious Force means physical force which we can't feel from the outside of a system, it refers to impossibility of sharing experiences. Moreover, Shinkan Tamaki shows his new performance which develops optical experiments at hand, and biki & Satoshi Kanda duo will construct space by setting objects and phenomena.


Screening films by Philip Widmann All works will be screened in digital file.

- Destination Finale (2008, 8mm/Beta SP, Color, 1:1.33, Stereo, 9')
A man, presumably of Vietnamese origin, travels Europe. Shortly after, American troops enter the ground war in Vietnam.

- A/M Spring Version (2012, 16mm, Black & White, 1:1.33, silent, 3')
An afternoon in Athens, September 2011, the sun is low. A film, more than 50 years old. There is always something being transported, even if the boxes may turn out to be empty. Goods, means and actors tell stories: metaforai.?

A/M Spring Version combines documentary footage shot in Athens shortly before sunset, which were hand-processed and edited on the same evening, with a re-photographed and animated travel film from the 1950s. It is a take on an excerpt from Michel de Certeau’s influential Walking in the City.? The passage reads: »In modern Athens, the vehicles of mass transportation are called metaforai. To go to work or come home, one takes a metaphor – a bus or a train. Stories could also take this noble name: every day, they traverse and organise places: they select and link them together; they make sentences and itineraries out of them. They are spatial trajectories.«

- Fictitious Force (2015, Super 16/35/DCP, Black & White,1:1.66 > 1:1.78, Dolby Digital 5.1, 15’)
A theorem from physics that describes apparent forces in circular motion when observed from an external frame of reference lends its name to a film by Philip Widmann: Fictitious Force is a cinematic exchange on the impossibility of sharing experiences, in black and white and grey.

We see a man preparing to perform in front of a large crowd. Several features signify that this performance is part of a ritual, that the location of events is in an exotic country with a different writing system and different conventions of clothing.

Shot in 2013 during a festival of devotees of Shiva by a local crew in Kolkata/India, and in a language that the director neither speaks nor understands, the film relies on the visual and leaves us puzzled. Fragmented dialogues in Bengali and English appear as type, interrupting the course of events, and negotiating the dilemma of ethnography and – perhaps – of spectatorship itself in mundanely poetic terms.

The distance between observer and observed, between self and other can be diminished or negated but eventually cannot be overcome. Like previous works of Widmann’s, Fictitious Force implicitly deals with questions of representation and physicality, informed by an anthropological interest that claims no academic foundation. -

Shinkan Tamaki
biki + Satoshi Kanda
Philip Widmann

Shinkan Tamaki
Born in 1982, Japan. Artist in search of never-before-seen images and new perceptual experience. He started making moving image with 16mm film in 2006. Main theme is to lead the audience's perception to change naturally and sometimes drastically bycoming and going across borders between image and non-image, sound and image with extracting film's materiality. The works have been screened at many film festivals, including International Film Festival Rotterdam. Recently, He performs to transform optical phenomenon into moving image.

Born in 1981, Shizuoka Pref. Lives in Tokyo. Since 2000, he has made looped audio file by hardware sequencer. Since 2008, he has performed and exhibited with one's belongings and self-made equipments.

Satoshi Kanda
Performs music by stacking or hanging strings, sticks, tapes, bottles of milk, bass guitars and PCs.

Philip Widmann
Born in West-Berlin in 1980, graduated in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Hamburg and in Visual Communications from the University of Fine Arts Hamburg. His works have been shown in art spaces and film festivals, such as the Wexner Center for the Arts, WRO Biennale Wroclaw, Berlin Film Festival, Rotterdam International Film Festival, New York Film Festival, FID Marseille, CPH:DOX und Visions du Réel.


22nd May 2016, Sunday - Open 15:30
Start 16:00
Admission: 1,500Y + 1 drink order
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Space Dike Tokyo - Taito-ku, Japan


Sunday, May 22, 2016 - 16:00 to Monday, May 23, 2016 - 15:55



Sunday, May 22, 2016 - 16:00 to Monday, May 23, 2016 - 15:55
  • 2-18-4,Nihonzutsumi
    Taito-ku, Tokyo
    35° 43' 38.6112" N, 139° 47' 42.1584" E