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Watch an exclusive excerpt from Aki Onda's Cinemage project. Onda is featured in an article by Clive Bell in The Wire 307.

View footage from Aki Onda's Cinemage project, with music by Loren Connors and Alan Licht. This is a short excerpt from Lost City (2007), the images shot in New York between 2001 and 2002. Video editing by Simpei Takeda.

"Cinemage refers to “images for cinema” and “homage to cinema.” In this project, I show still photo images by old-fashioned slide projections with music which is improvised by solo or duo guitarist(s) - Loren Connors, Alan Licht, Noël Akchoté, Jean-François Pauvros and Oren Ambarchi.

The visual images are snapshots taken from my daily life. I apply similar methods developed from my work as a composer, particularly the ongoing project Cassette Memories, in which I play field-recordings which I keep as a sound diary. By documenting fragments of my personal life, something is revealed in their accumulation. The meaning of the original events are stripped of their significance, exposing the architecture and essence of memory.

Although most photographers slice out a single moment in time to render an image as absolute, my photographic images consist of a moment within a movement. The sensibility is essentially filmic. The photos are more like moving images than stills and the style is similar to Chris Marker's La Jetée. Projected on a screen, the images have the eerie familiarity of an out-of-focus memory and evoke a feeling of déjà vu."