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NAKAJIMA, Ko / 中嶋興

Nakajima Ko ​(b. 1941, Kumamoto Prefecture)​ began his career in experimental animation with the creation of works such as ​Seizoki​ (1964). At his solo exhibition at the Sogetsu Art Center, a space for avant-garde art in 1960s Tokyo, he produced ​Seizoki​ by painting directly on the film between screenings. His perennial interest in integrating new technologies, exploring the potential of film, video, and eventually computer animation, joined his desire to explore human intersections with nature, as seen in his ​Biological Cycle​ series (1971-); he created the work by copying manipulated film footage onto video, then further manipulating the work with a video synthesizer. In 1971, Nakajima established Video Earth Tokyo, the pioneering video-art collective. Nakajima used one of the earliest available portable video recorders to document Video Earth Tokyo performance pieces and teach the new technology. Video Earth Tokyo members created works, broadcast works on cable television, and participated in international exhibitions and emergent CG (computer graphics) conferences. In 1982, Nakajima introduced his Aniputer. Aniputer technology allowed wide access to creation of video animation, as this personal portable computer integrated with a video camera, developed in collaboration with Japan Victor Company (JVC), allowed any user to directly manipulate video and images on a screen, creating animations in real time. Nakajima used his expertise manipulating film, photography, and video with computer technology to create what is perhaps his best known work, ​Mt. Fuji​ (1984), a ninety-minute rhythmic meditation on nature, spirituality, and perspective. Nakajima has produced works in France, Canada, New Zealand, and Denmark. Representative works include ​Biological Cycle​ series (1971-), ​My Life​ series (1976-), ​Mt. Fuji (1984), and ​Dolmen​ (1987). His works are in permanent collections internationally, including in Centre Georges Pompidou (France), The Museum of Modern Art (U.S.), Long Beach Museum of Art Video Archive (U.S.), and the Getty Research Institute Special Collections (U.S.).


Anapoko / 穴ポコ

Seizoki / 精造器

Horizon / 水平線

Biological Cycle Part 1 - Part 6 / 生物学的循環 Part 1 - Part 6

My Life / マイ・ライフ

Under the Bridge / 橋の下から!!

Cemetery and beggar / 墓地と乞食

Shinkansen Researching Foods / 新幹線研究食

What is Photography? / 写真とは何か

Tantra / タントラ

Mt. Fuji / 富士山

Dolmen / ドルメン

Rangitoto / ランギトート

Esprits de Sel / 塩の幻想

Hindu Spirit / ヒンズースピリット

[Snail] / [カタツムリ]

[Soviet Refugee Artists Exhibition] / [「ソ連亡命作家展」]

[China, JAA trip] / 中国(チャイナ) JAA旅行の記録

[Akira Nosaka Documentary] / 野坂昭如ドキュメント 

[Takenoko (bamboo) Tribe, Harajuku dancer] / 竹の子族

[Rakuda (camel)] / ラクダ

[My Friend] / マイ・フレンド

Shokutaku Ressha (Video Picnic) / 食卓電車

[Have a Seat]

[Issey Miyake Fashion Show] / [三宅一生]

Video Earth Tokyo Interviews of Ikeda and Shimoda CATVs / ビデオアース初期池田と下田CATVインタビュー

Rolling Coconuts / ローリング・ココナツ

[Kurohime Mountain, Picture Book School] / [黒姫山 絵本学校]

[Tsuge Yoshiharu Interview, Tajima Interview] / [つげ義春インタビュー|田島征三によるインタビュー]

[Yoko Ono 1974, One Step Music Festival Fukushima] / [オノヨーコ|1974年ワンステップミュージックフェス]

[Film Scramble] / [Film Scramble]

[3rd Victor Tokyo Video Festival] / [ビクター3回 東京ビデオフェスティバル]

[A little under a tree] / [ちょっと木の下で]

[ZKM Candle] / [ZKMろうそく]

[Nagoya Design Expo] / [名古屋デザイン博]

[Animaker] / [アニメーカー]

Takeda pharmaceutical PR, Berlin / [タケダ製薬 ランソプラゾールPR用映像]

Mandara / マンダラ

Kikuji Yamashita Documentation / [山下菊二ドキュメント]

[Various Materials and Work Compilations] / [その他、コンピレーション]

[Shadow] / [影]

Body (Body of Man and Woman) / 体(男と女の体)