VIP - VideoChannel Interview Project

Arikawa, Shigeo

Shigeo Arikawa
Japanese videomaker


Interview: 10 questions

1. Tell me something about your life and the educational background

I’ve lived in Tokyo for 28years since I was born.
In 2006 I graduated from the Tokyo National University of the Arts.

2. When, how and why started you filming?

When my music band broke up I started filming.
I try to use still and video cameras,
because I’m not able to copy or trace something and couldn’t embody it.

3. What kind of subjects have your films?

My works reveals elements that are vague but have been metamorphosing distinctly or
elements that appear as something ambiguous.

4. How do you develop your films, do you follow certain principles, styles etc?

I only have a few ideas or concepts before I shoot.
With a few keys of a work I collect many footages without precise plans.
After having enough footages, I try to construct whole image of a work.
For me a film is just an accumulation of transition from beggining image to end image.

5. Tell me something about the technical equipment you use.

I use HD cam and SLR.

6. What are the chances of new media for the genre film/video in general
and you personally?

What we capture as an image with a camera is basically different from what we face
but we have already started reconstructing another reality from what images show.
If new media comes to us, we should try to perceive where IMAGES are from.

7. How do you finance your films?

Only self finace.
I have a part‐time job.

8. Do you work individually as a video artist/film maker or do you work in a team?
if you have experience in both, what is the difference, what do you prefer?

I work individually.
I hope I work in a team sometime.

9. Who or what has a lasting influence on your film/video making?
Person who is called “master” in every genre and his(or her) creation inspire me.
At the same time, people of the same age and their creation inspire me.
Everything in my daily life let me make my work.

10. What are your future plans or dreams as a film/video maker?

My interest is always in “time”.
This is the biggest subject that I have to think about in my life.
To consider “time”, it’s important to dip up something that images suggest.
This is what I want to do as a film maker and
I try to make an environment to keep making works.