Midi Onodera’s I have no memory of my direction
Part of the Other Places Book Launch Series
Midi Onodera in person
Thursday November 21, 8:30pm
Jackman Hall, 317 Dundas Street West, Toronto, ON
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I have no memory of my direction, Midi Onodera, 2005, 77min, Canada
“I have no memory of my direction” is a feature length experimental narrative. The story unfolds through a Canadian-born Japanese woman’s voice-over as she dreams her way through Japan. Ostensibly searching for an emotional connection with her aging father, the woman contemplates her own inherited culture and familial touchstones. Her North American pop culture sensibility fuses with a distorted Japanese perspective to create a surreal interpretation of a “Japan of the imagination.” This fictional landscape is peppered with invented Japanese myths, ruminations on memory loss, the temporal space of digital photography and the ghosts of inherited imagination.
Midi Onodera is a recipient of the 2018 Governor General’s Award for Visual and Media Arts. She is a moving image artist who has been making work for 35+ years. She has produced over 25 independent shorts ranging from film to digital video to “low end” toy camera formats. In addition to this she created a theatrical feature film, Skin Deep and 500+ online videos. Since 2006 she has produced an annual online video project which can be viewed at: www.midionodera.com.