Yuko Nakamura
“The Unseen Gaze”

  • Workshop
  • Exhibition
  • Online participation
©︎Nanami Kozaki / ©︎Ren Segizawa
The suspended sensations and words of youth living in states of emergency.
Through the cine-essay, how will we gaze upon the gaze of these young people?

Filmmaker and artist Yuko Nakamura has earned high praise for her unique visual lexicon that tangibly captures subtle movements, seen in works such as A Room of Her Own: Rei Naito and Light. She has also published Mothering: Our Voice, Our Care in Modern Society, a grand, philosophical series of essays in search of moments where mothering takes place, breaking new ground in women’s literature. At Theater Commons Tokyo ’21, Nakamura experimented with visual expression in the interactive AR film, Suspended, which garnered much positive attention.
Focusing on the cine-essay method (where images are spelled out as if writing an essay), Nakamura will develop a workshop to explore new horizons of visual expression and prose. The results of the workshop will be exhibited as an installation. The subjects of the workshop are the youth of today, whose adolescence is taking place in the midst of a pandemic. Natural disasters, COVID-19, distant wars…these young people have had to live in a “state of emergency” since childhood. What kind of suspended sensations will emerge when their everyday experiences are manifested in the form of a cine-essay? The cine-essay is also a critical reflection of the audience themselves. How will the audience gaze upon the gazes of these youths?


Yuko Nakamura
Yuko Nakamura was born in Tokyo in 1977 and graduated from Keio University’s Faculty of Letters as a Philosophy major. Following her work as an editor at a philosophy publisher, she joined TV MAN UNION. She is involved in the creation of many narrative documentaries that dive past the surface of the modern world, treating topics such as art and architecture, philosophy and more. Her films include “Memories of Origin: Hiroshi Sugimoto”; “A Room of Her Own: Rei Naito and Light” (official selection at 2017 Canadian International Documentary Festival Hot Docs 2017); TV documentary WOWOW “Memories of Origin: Contemporary Artist Hiroshi Sugimoto” (finalist for International Emmy Award for Arts Programming 2012); NHK “Illusory Tokyo Project: Three Potential Dreams of the Capital” (winner of Galaxy Honors for programs recommended 2015); NHK “Architecture Knows: Postwar 1970 as Seen From Landmarks,” and more.
In Theater Commons Tokyo, she directed the reading performance of Susan Sontag’s “Alice in Bed” in 2019 and she presented interactive AR film “Suspended” in 2021.
Her long-running essay series, “Mothering: Our Voice, Our Care in Modern Society” in literary magazine Subaru, has finally been published as a single author for the first time in 2020. A part-time lecturer in the Department of Body Expression and Cinematic Arts at Rikkyo University.


Workshop |
February 9th [Thu] /13:00-16:00 Session 1: Lecture on how cine-essays are made
February 16th [Thu] /13:00-16:00 Session 2: Interim report on production
February 24th [Fri] /13:00-16:00 Session 3: Critique of works

Online streaming (Workshop Session 1) |
February 23rd [Thu]–March 31st [Fri]

Exhibition |
March 2nd [Thu]–5th [Sun] /13:00-20:00 (until 19:00 on the last day)


3-15-4 Shibaura, Minato-ku, Tokyo 108-0023

How to participate

Workshop | Booking essential.
– Intended for participants in their about 15-30 years old
– Capacity: Around 10 people (in case of high demand, entry will be allocated by selection)
– Participation fee: Free
– Application period: December 23rd, 2022–January 18th, 2023 (applicants will be notified of the results by January 25th)
Booking has been closed

Online participation | Please access the program via the link on the dedicated page sent upon purchase of your pass.
*Lecture from the first session will be available online.

Exhibition | No reservation is required. Show general admission pass on entry.

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Concept and Direction | Yuko Nakamura
Video Exhibit|Sawa Kawakami, Nanami Kozaki, Nozomi Takagi, Hinano Murayama, Ren Segizawa, Rinko Takase, Mai Nakagawa, Mayuko Hamasaki, Maria Koyama, Yuiko Higuchi, Akari Yoshida
Production Assistant|Hinata Shimizu, Kyoko Tsuji
Support | Department of Body Expression and Cinematic Arts, College of Contemporary Psychology at Rikkyo University