Strangely Atmospheric: the videos of Shiho Kano

James Benning meets David Lynch?

Earlier this week, I caught a Balagan Film Series event compiling a variety of Japanese experimental films spanning several decades. Among the films shown was Shiho Kano‘s “Rocking Chair” which so intrigued me with it’s evocative sense of mono no aware that I had then look for more of Kano’s work on the Internet. Unhurriedly observational, mundane yet subtly evocative or suggestive, some of Kano’s films, like “Rocking Chair” and “Rosecolored Flower”, seem to have an understated mindfulness or even thoughtfulness imbuing them (or there’s at least the possibility of the viewer finding/feeling that). That calls to mind the work of James Benning, although from what I’ve seen, Kano seems to be focused on interior environments, in contrast to Benning’s landscapes. The odd soundscapes and slightly eerie manipulation of images reminds me of scenes from some of David Lynch’s films.

I find that experimental films are very much hit or miss (mostly the latter for me), but Shiho Kano sets and hits her own targets.

Here’s James Benning’s film Ten Skies.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s