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date: 28 May 2020

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This article traces the development of intermedia art in Japan from early proto-intermedial work by Matsumoto Toshio, Yamaguchi Katsuhiro, and Jikken kōbō (Experimental Workshop) in the 1950s through the rise of intermedia with the exhibition From Space to Environment in 1966, experiments in multi-projection and expanded cinema in the late 1960s, and the transnational event known as “CROSS TALK Intermedia” in 1969. In an era of rapid technological and media change, intermedia art attempts to contend with the situation of the subject’s failure in the face of larger systems and structures beyond any individual’s grasp. Artworks and theoretical writings by Tōno Yoshiaki, collaborations with sound engineer Okuyama Jūnosuke, and elements of infrastructure “behind the scenes” take on a key role in understanding intermedia artists’ response to the overwhelming environment of images and information in 1960s Japan.

Keywords: intermedia art, Matsumoto Toshio, Yamaguchi Katsuhiro, Jikken kōbō (Experimental Workshop), From Space to Environment, CROSS TALK Intermedia, multi-projection, expanded cinema, Okuyama Jūnosuke, Tōno Yoshiaki

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