Spring 2023

Jump cuts: Hiromu Oka

Hodo Station (2021)

Director, Animation: Hiromu Oka. Risograph print: Hand Saw Press. Music: Yuta Bandoh (voice); Richard Bona (voice and bass).

Hiromu Oka’s animated titles for Hodo Station (a long-running Japanese news programme on TV Asahi) make use of an unusually lengthy process: Risograph printing. By working this way, Oka aims to capture the ‘textural authenticity’ lost by digitally synthesising natural textures and patterns.

He notes that digital methods can add depth and ‘warmth’ to computer-generated imagery, but worries that this is ‘only pseudo’, however much skill goes into the process …

Gabriela Matuszyk designer, writer, editor, London

Read the full version in Eye no. 104 vol. 26, 2023

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