Sound: Richard Tuohy
Producer, Co-producer: Richard Tuohy
Color: Black and white
Language: No dialogue

Motorcycles and cars are lost in the sound of traffic and disappear in bands sliced into film footage of Jakarta’s roads. The horizontal and vertical lines or checkerboard patterns emphasizing the density and chaos of the crowded roads were made by optically printing 16mm film.

“Jakarta’s bikes are gloriously arresting. Unified into a flow and yet jerky and autonomous, like a visual ‘gamelan’ of motion, a disparate yet concordant ensemble. I tried to get close to its inherent musicality.” R. Tuohy


Australian experimental filmmaker Richard Tuohy (1969) specializes in working with celluloid. He gives workshops on working with raw film material, runs his own lab and is the founder of the Australian International Experimental Film Festival. The Ji.hlava IDFF has shown several of his films, including Ginza Strip (2014) about the Ginza neighbourhood in Tokyo and Blue Line Chicago (2014), a captivating homage to city symphonies.

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NANOLAB / 36 Grant St. / Daylesford / Australia / +61 400 748 864 /
Festival edition: 2017
Sections: Fascinations
Premiere Type: European Premiere
Exhibition format: 16 mm
Subtitle languages: No Subtitles
27.10.2017DIOD 12:00


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