Sion Sono – Koi No Tsumi

In this, Sono’s evocatively but misleadingly titled “Guilty of Romance” resembles Stanley Kubrick’s “Eyes Wide Shut,” which also treated sexual desire as dark, mysterious and dangerous, in a setting placeless and timeless. The film begins, though, as a “Silence of the Lambs” take-off. Called from an assignation with her lover, Detective Yoshida (Miki Mizuno) investigates […]

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Yutaka Makino – The Conditions of the Process

We experience sound with our entire bodies, Yutaka Makino once explained. The ear is only a part of the physiological apparatus with which we perceive sound. In his works, Makino creates situations that demand that the visitor go beyond raw acoustics. In particular, space is a crucial element in his work. Also in his new […]

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Joseph Beuys: 8 Days in Japan and the Utopia of Eurasia

Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart – Berlin Sat 8 October 2011 – Sun 1 January 2012 In 1984, Joseph Beuys spent eight days in Japan on the occasion of a show of his work, held at the Seibu Museum in Tokyo. He was accompanied by a Japanese camera crew that not only filmed him […]

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Shoko Nakamura as La Peri

Vladimir Malakhov has drawn inspiration from historic lithographs to create a new staging of the romantic ballet LA PÉRI for the Staatsballett Berlin. Like the sylphids, the wilis and all the other unattainable fairy and elfin beings that populated the 19th century ballet stage in great numbers and in many new interpretations, the péris are […]

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