Kinema No Yoru

Peter Callas

1986, 02:15 minutes


Part of a series of tapes which draw on the iconography of a Japanese Children's game called "Menko". The Menko Series is based on the idea of the present-day Japanese use of technology as a form of "territory" - as a surrogate space which is being actively "colonized" just as the actual terrain of Asia and the Pacific Territories was colonized during the first half of this century. The lyrics of "Kinema" hark back in a pseudo-nostalgic way to the pre-war era from which the iconography of the Menko cards derives. Music by Toshiro Sensui.

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Critical Writing

Electronic Impulses: The Videos of Peter Callas
by Ross Harley. Art + Text, Aug. Summer 1988.
Die Video Offensive
by Peter Erik Hillenbach. Marabo, June 1988, no. 6.
Technology as Territory: Video and Desire in Japan
Technology As Territory, 1987. Fremantle: Praxis, 1987.