Archive of films It Has Already Been Ended before You Can See the End. / It Has Already Been Ended before You Can See the End.

2012, 11 min

Section: Imagina
Year: 2014

With an eye to sussing out the concept of "the end” and its possible readings, Japanese artist Shigeo Arikawa sets his short film in an appealing, closed microworld that intensifies our perception of the nature and details of objects and their ephemerality.


Vivid images of a microworld, whose equivalents surround each of us, are appealing in themselves; in this film they coalesce around the motif of "the end.” Rousing the senses, the movie touches on the nature and transience of diverse objects, which here take on various forms. In the eyes of the filmmaker, "the end” is a semantic construction that we name and, in the present, attach to something that has already in fact ended. In his precisely constructed film, he achieves unobtrusive yet exceptionally powerful images that lodge themselves in the mind.

About the director

Shigeo Arikawa

Shigeo Arikawa (b. 1982, Tokyo) is an artist and filmmaker based in his hometown. In his work he starts from the media of photography and video to investigate the limits of sensory perception. His films have screened around the world, and he has also shown his pieces at the Venice Biennale. In 2014 he took on a residency at Amsterdam’s Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten. Selected filmography: Moss of Time (2006), Her Ironical Me (2008), and G I (2011).


Shigeo Arikawa
, 1018 GW, Amsterdam
E-mail: [email protected]

About the film

Color, DCP

Section: Imagina
Director: Shigeo Arikawa
Screenplay: Shigeo Arikawa
Dir. of Photography: Shigeo Arikawa
Music: Shigeo Arikawa
Editor: Shigeo Arikawa
Producer: Shigeo Arikawa
Production: Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten
Contact: Shigeo Arikawa

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