Oyaji is a Japanese term a child calls their father once they reach adulthood. It's a term of endearment, signifying a rites of passage.
The Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind is from the book by Julian Jaynes, The Origin of Consciousness and the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind.
I was awarded the City of Los Angeles Artist Fellowship (COLA) in 2013 and was given two years to develop a installation for an exhibition at the LA Municipal Art Gallery at Barnsdall Park in Hollywood CA, group exhibition celebrating the annual award and all of it's recipients. In 2013, I was 49 years old, which coincidentally was the age my Father passed away of cancer in 1989. So I thought it fitting to create a portrait of him and in the process work through some personal issues.
An immigrant from Japan, my Father never really learned English and I never learned Japanese (while he was alive) so during our life together, we had no more than three conversations. That was symbolic of our relationship which was often rocky and confrontational. He was a complicated, often moody man but worked extremely hard as a chef and restaurant owner along with my mom. He gave me every opportunity to pursue what i wanted and I am absolutely indebted to both he and my Mother.
OYAJI; The Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind consists of two sound beds, audio loop, sound system and a lamp in the shape of a ship. The ship is based on the freight ship my parents met on in 1957. He was an assistant to the chef and my mom was traveling with my grandmother, aunts and uncles from Hiroshima to Los Angeles in search of a better life.
The sounds are my sonic memories of my Father; horse track, frying Tempura, Akita dogs and Ma Jong. I also used the frequency clusters by Royal Rife that relate to ailments that my Father experienced; back pain, ulcers, cancer, alcoholism, etc.
OYAJI; The Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind is primarily a vibratory sound experience, hence, difficult to portray in a video, however, I hope you can get a sense of what it was like to experience this very personal and emotional portrait based in sound and inspired by memory.