Microscope and other New York friends of Stom Sogo celebrate the singular Japanese artist with an evening of his films and videos. Sogo’s works are difficult to define, often involving layers and textures and reprocessing, shot mainly on Super 8 or low quality video. They look like no one else’s.
“Total anarchy, pushing the limits, going out/within further and further, marveling at all the beauties and laughing at all the absurdities. To me this is what Stom was all about at all times. “ - Raha Raissnia
“Stom was both cunning and tender, even now I use him to measure imposters. He certainly laughed at the solemnity with which the courtiers behave. He always wanted more, again.” – Albert Herter
Sogo moved to New York at the age of 18 in 1992 and lived in the city for more than a decade, screening his works at venues including tiny basements to institutions such Anthology Film Archives (where he also worked for some time), MoMA, and the Whitney Musuem. He died this summer in Japan.
The program for the evening will be selected from the many works Sogo gave to his friends over the years, including both better known works as well as those not previously screened. The night will flexible and can continue for as long as the audience desires.
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STOM SOGO was born in 1975 and moved to the United States in 1992. He graduated with a BA in art and film from Hunter College, New York, in 2000. Sogo started Open Screenings at Anthology Film Archives in 1995, inspiring a whole crew of filmmakers. His Super8 films and video works have screened at various festivals and exhibitions including Rotterdam Film Festival; the Whitney Biennale; Lincoln Center, MoMA, Light Industry, Union Docs, Chicago Filmmakers, Image Forum (Tokyo), Microscope, and many others.