The National Museum of Ethnology (Minpaku) is a research center for ethnology and cultural anthropology.

Ethnology and the Rise of Cinema: From Shadow Theater to Multi-Media

Ethnology and the Rise of Cinema:
From Shadow Theater to Multi-Media
July 20 to November 21, 2000

Organizers: National Museum of Ethnology,
The Yomiuri Shimbun Osaka,
Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography
Sponsors: Embassy of France in Japan,
The British Council,
L'Association franco-japonaise d'Osaka,
L'Association franco-japonaise de Kyoto,
Institut franco-japonais du Kansai
Special Collaboration: The Museum of the Moving Image (MOMI),
Cinémathèque française,
Tokyo University Digital Museum,
NHK Osaka,
Yomiuri Telecasting Corporation,
Mainichi Broadcasting System, Inc.
MINICI ZOTTI Collection and the CITY of PADUA(ITALY)
Cooperation: Commemorative Association for the Japan World Exposition 1970,
Senri Foundation,
Japan Airlines,
Yamato Transport Co., Ltd.
Special Support: Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd.
Support: Takarazuka University of Art and Design
One hundred years after the birth of cinema, image-making is changing dramatically with the emergence of new technology as it shifts from film screen, to television, to multi-media. This special exhibition explores our relationship to image-making. It celebrates the innovators who developed the early technology of the moving picture, showcases the technology they created, celebrates the image makers who used film as a tool for research and examines the relationship between the "observers" and the "observed." It may be valuable to journey through the exhibition twice, first as a viewer exploring the technology and the images and then to consider the perspective of those who have been the subject of the images. It provides an opportunity to see the evolution of cinema from two dramatically different perspectives.



Special Programs in conjunction with the Exhibition
Film Screenings
Feature Program: Margaret Mead Film & Video Festival, American Museum of Natural History

August 18 - 20, 13:00 - 17:00, Auditorium
Commentators:Elaine S.Charnov (Director, Margaret Mead Film & Video Festival)
Yasuhiro Omori (Professor, National Museum of Ethnology)
Feature Program: Ethnographic Film Festival, Musée de l'Homme
September 15 - 17, 13:00 - 17:00, Auditorium
Commentators: Françoise Foucault (Chief Researcher, Comité du Film Ethnographique, Musée de l'Homme)
Yasuhiro Omori (Professor, National Museum of Ethnology)
Feature Program: Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival
October 20 - 22, 13:00 - 17:00, Auditorium
Commentators: Kyoichiro Murayama
Yasuhiro Omori (Professor, National Museum of Ethnology)
Performance & Lecture
A Century of Cambodian Traditional Performing Arts: Images and Demonstration

August 5, 13:00 & 16:00, Auditorium
Commentators: Yasuhiro Omori (Professor, National Museum of Ethnology)
Yoshitaka Terada (Associate Professor, National Museum of Ethnology)
Shota Fukuoka (Research Fellow, National Museum of Ethnology)
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Théâtre Optique Show
July 20 - 30
October 27 - November 5 11:30, 13:30, 15:00, Special Exhibition Hall
Demonstrator: Andrew Ashmore (Actor of The Museum of the Moving Image)
Magic Lantern Show
November 10 - 19 13:30, 15:00,(except Wednesday) Special Exhibition Hall
Demonstrator: Laura Minici Zotti (Director of Museum of Magic Visions)