Midi Onodera Moving Image Artist

2014 is the international year of crystallography. Not only is crystallography really cool and beautiful, it has also informed the development of contemporary industry, medicine, and technology. It is sometimes the smallest things that have the largest impact!

This year’s project revolves around found footage: 8mm home movies, discarded ephemeral films, and other footage collected over the years. The genealogy of the filmic avant-garde stems from found footage filmmaking. Soviet filmmakers working in the 1920’s and 1930’s such as Esfir Shub, Sergei Eisenstein, and Lev Kuleshov worked with found footage as raw material, which directly impacted their philosophy of film. It is a practice that deals inherently with both history and cultural reception, revealing the role of recorded images in our collective imagination.

home movie 10

Published December 1, 2014

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‘Tis the season!


home movie 9

Posted November 1, 2014

No one knows what the future will hold.


home movie 8

Posted October 1, 2014

Memories are as fragile as spider webs.


home movie 7

Posted September 1, 2014

Were you around in 1967? Does this song sound familiar?


home movie 6

Posted August 1, 2014

To this day, I don’t like plums.


home movie 5

Posted July 1, 2014

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow.

home movie 4

Posted June 1, 2014

Birthdays, somehow they’re always disappointing.

home movie 3

Posted May 1, 2014

I admit it, I love this song.

home movie 2

Posted April 1, 2014

Dancing is really a frame of mind.

home movie 1

Posted March 1, 2014

Time stands still for no one, only the movie camera.


The building is the message

Posted January 31, 2014

This found reel of 16mm reveals a slice of life in late 1960s Toronto at the corner of Yonge St. and Charles St. E. This building, the old Postal Station, is now home to Starbucks and McDonalds. How things have changed!


Strawberry Tuesday

Posted January 1, 2014

While sourcing found footage for this year’s project I came across the 16mm “music video” for Strawberry Tuesday by the late 1960’s group, Sidewalk Skipper Band. I am posting the first video of the year as a ready-made. I have not altered or manipulated the footage. Though the band never made it as the cultural […]