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In the first international presentation of his moving image works, Imai Norio's films, videos and installation will showcase an artist that defined a generation of Japanese contemporary art. Beginning his career as the youngest member of Osaka-based art collective Gutai, Imai's works in slides, film and video between 1960-1980s shows him testing the limits of each medium through playful misuse. Severed Film (1972) involves discarded 16mm film dumped on the floor and placed inside a slide projector, calling attention to the materiality of film both as object and projected image. The discarded film spliced together will be shown as the found footage film Jointed Film (1973), the subjects of which ranging from samurais to local news in a random assortment of images. At a time where most images are compressed onto digital screens, Imai's hands-on relation to the image apparatus presents a timely counterpoint to the age of swipe and scroll.