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  1. A guide named Nashi narrates the audience journey in an uncanny forest. Nashi states that everything is animated, and that even the things we consider synthetic and artificial are as sacred as plants and stones. She criticizes nature for its inability to develop and praises technology for its flexibility and proclaims that nature should adapt to technology in order to survive.

    AUJIK are an new age group that shares Shintos belief that everything of nature is animated, even the things that we consider the most artificial and synthetic.

    Just as with other forms of animism, AUJIK worships everything that comes out of nature and regard it as spiritual beings, the main difference with AUJIK is that science and technology is considered as sacred as stones and trees.

    Melvin Lavell writes in his books Esoteric Perception of Artificial Intelligence and Ghost in the machine of sticks and stones that all sort of communicative technology since the first radio waves posses something metaphysical and spiritual and when it will reach a more sophisticated form more people will discover it and then it will reach a religious status.

    The Shinto priest Hideaki spoke about similar things in the 1800:th century after he had seen a Karakuri doll( a clockwork robot made of wood) and claimed that in the future we will create mechanical characters that will become so superior to our own intelligence and ability's that we will subject oneself s as they were gods.

    These thought was the fundament for AUJIKS doctrine and then later developed in to something that reminds of theological dualism were the original nature (trees, metals, organism etc)is considered esoteric chaos and the refined nature(computers, robots, DNA-manipulation etc) is considered esoteric order.

    The resistance between those has during the years decreased and will one day converge in a pyramid shaped top that will fill the world with clarity and supreme truth.

    By creating organic/synthetic artifacts AUJIK believe they will reach this level a lot faster than it is destined.

    Music:
    Mira Calix - Hiccup from the album Skimskitta.
    Written and produced by Mira Calix.
    ©Warp music 2000.

    'a Forest within a Forest' was part of Japan Media Arts Festival 2010(jury recommended work) and exhibited at Japan National Art Center, Tokyo 2011.

    Also part of Ars Electronica Animation Festival 2011/2012 at Austrian Cultural Forum London
    National Science Museum in Jemen. New Codes */ Athens Video Art Festival 2012. Perm/Russland at the Permm Museum. Mediathek Holon, Israel. World Music Festivals Dikaja Mjata. OHMI Trust at CBSO Centre in Berkley Street Birmingham. Le Cube Paris / Screening Marathon. Second Tehran Annual Digital Art Exhibition @ Mohsen Gallery, Sunset Janghang Festival, Seochon-gun, South Korea. Athens International Film Festival, Lavrion Technological and Cultural Park, Athen / Greece. Donumenta, Regensburg / Germany .CMoDA (China Millennium Monument Museum of Digital Arts) in the framework of Beijing Design Week 2012, China. Internationales Kulturfestival "Cervantino", Guanajuato, Mexico
    National Maritime Museum, Greenwich)

    CologneOFF international tour 2012/2013. Film form cinemateket Stockholm 2012. 58th int. film festival Oberhausen. Rotterdam int. film festival 2012. Cyberfest Saint Petersburg 2012. Digital Art Festival Taipei 2012. AND (Abandon Normal Devices)Group Exhibition. Mobile Republic: Digital Caravans. UK
    Whitehaven, Cumbria. UK, Youthzone, Blackburn, Lancashire. UK, Manchester. UK, Preston, Lancashire. UK . Videomedeja 2012. Simultan - the beginnig of the end. Timisoara. Rumania. 2012.

    Art exhibitions at Ask Gallery, solo exhibition, Ginza, Tokyo 2012. Red Brick warehouse, group exhibition, Yokohama 2012. Factory art Gallery, group exhibition, Berlin 2012.

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  2. In our latest photo essay created in partnership with Magnum Photos, we follow Dominic Nahr into the 20km zone surrounding the nuclear power plant at Fukushima, Japan. Nahr documents the damage that resulted from the plant's breakdown.

    We first came across the work of Dominic Nahr when he won the Leica Oskar Barnack Newcomer Award in 2009 (http://bit.ly/OBNA09). It came as no surprise that he joined Magnum Photos as a nominee in July 2010. Nahr also spoke at our recent event in Paris with Magnum Photos to discuss "Crises and catastrophes in pictures. What justifiable role can photojournalism play in an age of camera phones, Twitter and Facebook?" His portfolio is on the Magnum Photos site: http://bit.ly/DominicNahr

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  3. Samurai movies made Japanese cinema famous worldwide. In the 1950s, films such as the Seven Samurai by Akiro Kurosawa were extremely popular both in Japan and abroad. But waning interest is now leaving many of Japan's silver screen swordsmen out of work. Al Jazeera's Steve Chao reports from Japan's cultural capital of Kyoto.

    Shot and edited by Matthew Allard. Shot on a Canon 5 and 7D and edited in Final Cut Pro.

    Lenses used were a Canon 24-70 f2.8, 70-200 USM IS 2 f2.8, 16-35mm f2.8, 50mm f1.2, 135mm f2 and Tokina 11-16mm f2.8

    The Last Samurai courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures

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  4. Recently I had the opportunity to travel to Japan to do some filming. Here is one of the few videos I will be releasing from the trip. This was filmed mostly in Tokyo (Kameido, Akihabara, Shinjuku, Harajuku, Shibuya, Roppongi). There are also parts from Kyoto, and Shiga scattered throughout.

    Shot/Color/Cut by Joshua Herron
    Music: Bonobo - Recurring (http://www.bonobomusic.com)

    http://www.joshuaherron.com
    http://www.fetchlabel.com

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  5. movie & piano by mockmoon

    First Shot
    Place : Daigenta Canyon Yuzawa Nigata Japan
    Equipment : Nikon D3 Nikkor 14-24mmF2.8G
    Exposure : F2.8 10sec ISO3200 WB3400K
    Duration : 2010/2/25 AM0:50-5:30 total 1640shots

    Second shot
    Place : Tsuchidaru Yuzawa Nigata Japan
    Equipment : Canon 5DmarkII Tamuron 17-35mmF2.8-4.0
    Exposure : F2.8 10sec ISO3200 WB3300k
    Duration : 2010/2/25 AM1:11-5:16 total 1431shots

    Software : Adobe After Effects CS3

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