24/7 Shimogamo

Late-night views of a few of the convenience stores in my neighbourhood of Shimogamo, Kyoto.
Photographed on Kodachrome 40, expiry date 1983, and developed in a home-made soup of instant coffee and vitamin C. The soundtrack features Kumiko Nonaka on Nohkan and live electronics by Palle Dahlstedt.
DIY digital transfer.

  • Michael Lyons
  • Kumiko Nonaka
  • Palle Dahlstedt
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    9 minutes
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    July 28, 2015
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    Super 8
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Director Biography - Michael Lyons

Michael Lyons is a researcher and artist based in Kyoto, Japan. He is currently Professor of Image Arts and Sciences at Ritsumeikan University.

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Director Statement

This film is one of a series of recent works exploring the materiality and texture of hand-processed small gauge film, and the qualities of indeterminacy, and serendipity. The raw materials are long-expired Kodachrome film and film developers made from household ingredients. My tools are old Super 8 cameras purchased cheaply in flea markets and an obsolete telecine machine, acquired for a song. The current film focusses this hand-made, recycled, admittedly not very convenient approach onto the manically growing opportunities for round-the-clock commerce in a typical residential Japanese neighbourhood.