EMPTINESS CAN HOLD THINGS 2 . Architectural spaces can exist solely in the imagination, but we come to know them through our actions—arriving and going and stopping and looking around, and engaging with the people there. While our experience of a place takes time, the sensation of floating on air occurs as a sudden surprise. Kiyomizu no butai kara tobioriru ("to leap from the stage of Kiyomizu Temple") is local lingo for describing an act of reckless daring or an impending decision fraught with trepidation.
Improvising on techniques of polylinear perspective long practiced in Japanese painting and landscape design, EMPTINESS CAN HOLD THINGS proposes a vocabulary for the cinematic construction of place. LOOK BEFORE YOU LEAP (recorded in Kyoto’s Higashiyama neighborhood in 2006) is the second of six location studies in this series.
Moviemaker - Rachel Strickland
Sound designer - Jim McKee
Production assistants - Reina Aoki, Chikako Nohara, Russell Zeidner
Jim Campbell, Katsuhiko Kushi, Günter Nitschke, Kiyoshi Yasui
Rockefeller Foundation New Media Artist Program
Kyoto Institute of Technology International Scholar Program