Gentle Motions: Atsushi Wada’s Short Animation

March 21, 2020
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Saturday, March 21, 3, 5 & 7 PM

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Atsushi Wada (b. 1980, Hyogo Prefecture) is an award-winning Japanese animator whose distinctive hand-drawn style emphasizes a minimalist aesthetic and evocative use of negative space. His whimsical and surrealist works, often involving animals and soft humans with blank expressions, utilize sudden shifts in perspective, sound effects and idiosyncratic gestures to express the comic absurdity and poetry of everyday life. This retrospective screening program features nine animated short films and various commissioned projects by Wada, including “The Great Rabbit,” recipient of a Silver Bear short film jury award at the 2012 Berlin International Film Festival.

2004-2019, 73 min., DCP, color, in Japanese with English subtitles. Directed by Atsushi Wada.

Tickets: $14/$11 seniors & students/$10 members

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A Clerk in Charge

係 (Kakari)

A clerk has its duty, a clerk does its own work, and this is what a clerk should do. 2004. 7 min.

Day of Nose

鼻の日 (Hana no hi)

A kinetic animation featuring comfortable noses. 2005. 10 min.

A Manipulated Man

声が出てきた人 (Koe ga Detekita Hito)

The fixed number of words one speaks within a lifetime, controlled by someone, somewhere. 2006. 5 min.

Well, That’s Glasses

そういう眼鏡 (Sou-iu Megane)

The sheep-sprouting result of a scientist playing with pipettes on a turtle in a petri dish. 2007. 6 min.

In a Pig’s Eye

わからないブタ (Wakaranai Buta)

A surreal yet forgiving relationship between a super-pig, a dog, and humans. 2010. 11 min.

The Mechanism of Spring

春のしくみ (Haru no Shikumi)

The arrival of spring gets everybody excited and intoxicated. 2010. 5 min.

The Great Rabbit

グレートラビット(Gureto Rabitto)

A meditation on what drives ritualistic belief in the profound. 2012. 8 min.


A project commissioned on the 80th anniversary of the first photograph of Loch Ness. 2013. 3 min.

Autumn from Antonio Vivaldi “The Four Seasons”

アントニオ・ヴィヴァルディ「四季」より (Antonio Vivaldi “Shiki” Yori)

The director’s take in a collaborative effort to visualize the titular concertos. 2018. 12 min.

Commissioned Works

2013-19. 10 min.

This program is presented in association with Japan Media Arts Festival presented by the Agency for Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan.

  • Saturday, March 21, 2020
  • 5:00 pm