Fort of the Fabrications(“Kyoko no toride”)
- Director: TAKI Kentaro
2004 Japanese, English, others Subtitled in - Color Video 32 min
Script, Researcher: TAKI Kentaro Contact Name: TAKI Kentaro
Bancho Haimu 640, 1 Nibancho, Chiyoda-ku,
Tokyo 102-0084 JAPAN
[Festivals and prizes] Yamagata IDFF 2005
[Synopsis] This film is a bold attempt to conceptualize contemporary media society and the urban images at its core, applying video media as a tool to read and unravel them. Images of the mass media landscape are shown in chapters, using various symbolic aspects of media, audio and video noise as well as principles of the video medium spoken in different languages. Their accumulation creates a fabrication. While staying clear of the inanity of being a loudmouth as a proper “response,” this zestful film is a head-on plea for the possibility of art-in-practice through images.
Born 1973 in Osaka, Taki Kentaro completed a graduate degree at Musashino Art University. Selected for the Agency for Cultural Affairs’ Overseas Study Program for Artists (2002) and a recipient of the POLA Art Foundation grant for overseas training of artists (2003), he studied media art at HFG-Karlsruhe in Germany. In addition to visual production and writing, he teaches at Waseda University's Kawaguchi Art School, and is also the director of VIDEOART CENTER Tokyo. He has participated in Transmediale (1998), Microwave International Media Art Festival (2001), Leeds International Film Festival (2001), International Film Festival Rotterdam (2002), Philip Morris Art Award (2002) and Ongoing (2002). Awards include the Grand Prize of Media Installation at the Fukui Biennale 8 (2000), the Organizer’s Award at the International Videofestival Bochum (2005), the Grand Prize and the Peter Cook Prize at the Graz Art Project BIX Media Competition (2005).