the time is now. (I+II)

the time is now. (I+II)
the time is now. (I+II)
the time is now. (I+II)

What is alternative living? The films, photos and sculptures of Heidrun Holzfeind are concerned with the interrelationship of life and art, a concern she demonstrates through carefully constellated scenes that integrate specific locations, tools and architecture. Both parts of the time is now. are dedicated to the Japanese improvisation/noise duo IRO. Toshio und Shizuko Orimo had started out performing wild art punk. But after the Chernobyl catastrophe of 1986, they began using acoustic instruments to make "energy-free" music which they call "Punk Kagura" – in reference to Kagura, a ritual dance tradition and music for the gods.

Holzfeind initially approaches the desired balance between animism and shamanism in a ritualistically animated, musically structured, architectural film segment, in part processed using color filters. It concentrates on a building complex by Takamasa Yosizaka – undertaken as a critique of civilization by the architect. Holzfeind combines the lush green of its surrounding environment as a contrast to the city of Tokyo. The second part of the first film fuses an improvised performance of piano, contrabass and recitative with documentary footage of street protests in opposition to US American military facilities, as well as IRO´s last exorcism-like punk concert in the aftermath of their musecological transformation in 1987. The cross-fading of audio layers overpowers apparent ruptures, enforcing a continuum of uncompromising expressivity.

the time is now. II portrays the couple in the process of unfolding their artistic/philosophical careers. The film foregrounds the intimacy and world view of the activist artists, including the questioning of their own gender roles. A life is seen that defies commercialism and with the aid of a few handyman tricks cheekily transforms their living space into the stage setting for a stylish traditional home. (Thomas Edlinger)

Translation: Eve Heller

Orig. Title
the time is now. (I+II)
Year
2019
Countries
Japan, Sweden, Austria
Duration
48 min
Category
experimental
Orig. Language
japanese
Credits
Director
Heidrun Holzfeind
Concept & Realization
Heidrun Holzfeind
Cinematography
Heidrun Holzfeind, Hiroko Maruyama, Kazuhiro Shirao, Masayuki Yonaha
Sound
IRO / Toshio und Shizuko Orimo
Editing
Heidrun Holzfeind
sound engineering
Taku Unami
Production
Norie Fukuda
Coordinator
Norie Fukuda
Translation
Norie Fukuda
Supported by
Film i Västerbotten Fund, Kärnten Land, Secession Wien
Available Formats
DCP 2K
Aspect Ratio
16:9
Sound Format
stereo
Frame Rate
25 fps
Color Format
colour
Digital File (prores, h264)