AMBITIOUS JAPAN, video installation and book, 2006 (ongoing)


The VIDEO SKETCHBOOKS are an ongoing experiment in photographic notation and exercise, in which I create a method/space for registering and testing ideas without them having to take the final form of an artwork. They are also a way of focusing my thinking in the temporal and geographical present, acknowledging the idiosyncrasies of a new environment, showing people, animals, places, objects and events, all happening by chance.


The images are photographic stills recorded on tape, lasting 5 to 7 seconds each, together with the sound of the time that each photograph was taken.
The work can be experienced either as a projection with sound, or as a photobook.

AMBITIOUS JAPAN is a video sketchbook created during a research period at IRCA in Kyoto, Japan. It is a description of Japan which includes the cities of Kyoto, Nara, Kobe, Osaka, Hiroshima and Tokyo. The spreads above show the Festival of Lights in Nara, a party with Brazilian immigrants in Kobe, a temple in Kyoto and the aquarium in Osaka.


© Frederico Câmara 2006