荒木經惟《Blue Period / Last Summer: Arakinema 青ノ時代/去年ノ夏:アラキネマ》

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▍1980年代荒木實驗影片紙上版出爐

日本攝影家荒木經惟以「私寫真」聞名,但較少人知道他也曾拍攝實驗電影。1986年,荒木開始他的實驗影片計劃——Arakinema(結合荒木的名字「Araki」與電影「Cinema」),他在東京涉谷的Cinema Rise影院現場演出首部作品《東京物語》,以兩台投影機放映出一連串交疊的影像,並搭配著歌舞片音樂。本書收錄了Arakinema的《青的時代》與《去年的夏》兩件系列作品,是荒木首次在海外將這個影片系列以書本的形式發表。

書中收錄的140張影像,都是來自於Arakinema的原始幻燈片。《青的時代》與《去年的夏》主要是由裸體、肖像、街景與花卉影像組成,大部分來自1980年代的日本地下刊物《寫真時代》。對於這兩個系列,荒木認為:「這兩部影片應該被視為同一組作品,《青的時代》是過去,《去年的夏》是未來;《青的時代》透過化學溶劑所褪下的顏色,是過去的消逝,而為《去年的夏》所抹上的色彩,則是未來的浮現。就像是生活本身。」

Nobuyoshi Araki is known for his diaristic style or “shi-shashin” (I-photographs) through the publication of over 500 books throughout his career. His work has become practically synonymous with Japanese photography; closely associated with his work on bondage, his late wife, Yoko, as well as still lifes and nudes. It is, however, less known that Araki had explored experimental film projects since the mid 80s. In 1986 at Cinema Rise in Tokyo, Araki staged a live performance entitled Tokyo Monogatari (Tokyo Story). Using two projectors, Araki and his assistants, Nobuhiko Ansai and Shiro Tamiya, selected and sequenced slides to create a succession of overlapping images fading into one another, accompanied by a musical soundtrack. Tokyo Monogatari became the first in a series of live performances entitled Arakinema, which he staged until the mid-2000s in museums and art institutions around the world. Blue Period and Last Summer are made up primarily of nudes and portraits alternating with street scenes and images of flowers. The majority of the work is derived from Shashin Jidai, the important underground sub culture magazine of the 1980s in Japan.

“The two films should be seen as a set, since Blue Period is about the past and Last Summer is about the future. By removing color using a chemical solution, Blue Period is about an act of subtraction (past), whereas adding color to the images in Last Summer is about an act of addition (future). This project is just like life itself.” Araki said. Working directly from the 140 original slides used for both projections, the book successfully offers a fresh review of the photographer’s hidden oeuvre and regains the true spirit and atmosphere of the original Arakinema performances.

《Blue Period / Last Summer: Arakinema 青ノ時代/去年ノ夏:アラキネマ》 | 荒木經惟 | Session Press、Dashwood Books 出版 | 2017年 | 216頁 | 平裝附書盒 | 26 x 17.8 cm | 日、英文 | 限量1750本 | 美國版

Blue Period / Last Summer: Arakinema 青ノ時代/去年ノ夏:アラキネマ | by Nobuyoshi Araki | Session Press & Dashwood Books | 2017 | 216 pages | softcover in a slipcase | 26 x 17.8 cm | Japanese/English | limited edition of 1750 copies | US edition

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