A Shape of Time – The Composer Jo Kondo
English, Japanese, German | Subtitles in English
Cinematography: Ludger Blanke, Viola Rusche, Martin Zawadzki
Distribution: Viola Rusche
Editing: Viola Rusche
Producer: Viola Rusche
Sound: Hauke Harder
Production: Viola Rusche
Categories :FIFA Grand Panorama
Jo Kondo is one of Japan’s most acclaimed contemporary composers. His compositions are both abstract and intuitive, devoid of any clear directions but not without form. Like Kondo’s unclassifiable music, Viola Rusche and Hauke Harder’s film is constantly evolving. They follow the composer from a concert in Amsterdam to a high-end restaurant in Tokyo, a recording studio in Cologne and the temple he attends in his birthplace. Inspired by the aesthetic of Japanese filmmaker Yasujiro Ozu, who, like Kondo, was born in Kamakura and whose work reveals the same familiar, day-to-day energy, this documentary avoids the spectacular, tuning its narrative to the unique rhythm of Kondo’s music.
Viola Rusche was born in 1960 in Kiel, North Germany. She lives and works in Berlin. She completed music studies in Munich, and music and art studies in Munich and Düsseldorf. She has been working as a free-lance editor and filmmaker since 1997.
Filmography | Zeile Für Zeile, a film on the composer Ernstalbrecht Stiebler (2014) ; No Ideas But In Things – the composer Alvin Lucier (2012) ; Amor Vati, a documentary about the poet Christian Saalberg (2008).
Hauke Harder was born in 1963 in Heide (Holstein), Germany. He studied physics and graduated with a Ph.D. from the University of Kiel, where he conducted research in molecular physics until 2000. He began composing in 1989 and took private lessons with Wolfgang von Schweinitz in 1991-92. He curated various concerts and exhibitions, including the series “Gesellschaft für akustische Lebenshilfe,” which he cofounded and directed from 1989 to 1999. He has been a filmmaker since 2009.
Filmography | Zeile Für Zeile, a film on the composer Ernstalbrecht Stiebler (2014) ; No Ideas But In Things – the composer Alvin Lucier (2012) ; Masch Un Gaiss (2010).