Memento Stella

Sep 14 & 15 - TBA Festival Presentation




A presentation of PICA’s 17th Annual Time-Based Art (TBA) Festival in partnership with The Cinema Project 


Japanese artist Takashi Makino's latest work Memento Stella will be screened on Saturday, September 14 with the original soundtrack by Dutch avant-garde pianist Reinier van Houdt and on Sunday, September, 15 accompanied by a live performance of the score by the filmmaker Takashi Makino. Both screenings start at 4:30pm.


Tickets are available through the TBA Festival site and are priced at $10 for general admission and $8 for PICA, Cinema Project and OMSI members. 


About the Film

Empty Gallery in Hong Kong, site of Memento Stella's world premiere, described the film as "a metaphorical journey which explores the origin of all concrete phenomena in a formless, undifferentiated field of elemental matter – not unlike the genesis of our stars and planets in swirls of cosmic dust."


Comprised of 4K self-shot video footage subject to frame-rate manipulation, multiple exposures and superimposition of up to two hundred layers of images, Memento Stella is an immersive, hallucinatory experience.


Takashi Makino writes of his film: "Memento Stella is a original phrase I coined to remind me to "remember the stars" and "never forget that we too reside among the stars".  Despite death never being far from his thoughts, Makino recognizes that humanity is bound by more than sadness and destruction. "We are also born and raised and living on this little planet, among the stars. I pursue my work with the idea that if each day, we might be conscious of this truth for even a moment, then maybe perhaps somewhere deep in our hearts, we might find shared artistic expressions, keys to a place beyond the religions, politics, borders, languages, and personal desires which tear us apart."


About the Artist

Takashi Makino (b. 1978 ) is a Tokyo-based experimental filmmaker widely considered to be one of the most influential Japanese moving-image artists of his generation. After graduating from the the cinema department at Nihon University College of Art, he spent time honing his skills in the London-based studio of the Quay Brothers before moving back to Japan. His unique working process usually involves capturing representational footage of humans, nature, and urban life in various formats and then transforming these images radically during the editing stage. Through a process of layering, superimposition and other formal manipulations, these concrete images blend together into pulsating visual fields of organic abstraction in his finished works.


Makino regularly presents installations, screenings, and audio-visual performances of his work internationally, having appeared in over 120 cities to date. Recent engagements include: documenta 14, Athens, Greece (2017); Austrian Film Museum, Vienna, Austria (2017); New York Film Festival, New York, USA (2014, 2017); Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK (2016); The Korean Film Archive, Seoul, Korea (2016); BFI IMAX Theatre, London, UK (2016); MoMAPS1, New York, USA (2013); San Francisco MoMA, USA (2009); New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, USA (2008). In 2012, he was awarded the Tiger Award at the International Film Festival Rotterdam.