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SHIMURABROS. are a sister and brother artist duo consisting of Yuka (born 1976) and Kentaro (born 1979).

‘X-ray Train’ is a film piece which deeply connects itself with the moment of the birth of film within the turn of the 19th century. The steam locomotive arriving at the station, is a famous scene from L’Arrivée d’un Train en Gare de La Ciotat (English title: The Arrival of a Train at La Ciotat Station) directed and produced by the Lumière brothers.
Legend has it that at the world’s first film screening held in Paris in 1895, the audience whom at the time were not accustomed to the moving image; having witnessed the film by the Lumière brothers fell under the illusion that the train in fact was, approaching towards them, as a result causing a startled panic.

Through this work SHIMURABROS. considers the ‘Visual (film) media and its relationship to reality’ –an essential question discussed since the birth of film, and revisits it within 21st century contemporary society; exploring the possibilities of creating a film expression which is comparable to the amazement of witnessing the moving image for the first time.


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