Yokai & Other Spirits, 2011
With sound design by Antoine Bédard, Programming and electronics by Bobbi Kozinuk, and construction design by Minoru Yamamoto
Blackwood Gallery, Mississauga Ontario
Artist Talk November 13, A Space Gallery Toronto Ontario
commissioned by LIFT & Toronto Reel Asian Film Festival
Cindy Mochizuki (Vancouver) | Canada 2011 | HD Video, Glass Case, Fog Machine, Telephone
Paranormal phenomena are common in Asian films, literature, and popular culture. In Japanese folklore, for instance, yokai are a class of supernatural creatures that often shape-shift and play tricks on humans. This interactive, animated, and sound-based installation repeats a key moment in the 35mm film, Happy Ghost 3, when the lead ghost calls “home” through various phone booths throughout the city. The animated projection is an accumulation of hand-traced frames of the original film through rotoscoping. The film explores the interiority of the archive and, like an X-ray print, uses light as a means to make visible what we cannot normally see. This work uses the presence of audience members to trigger the projections and sounds; without their actions, the film lies unseen and unheard, leaving only the stark presence of the scenic and museological props.
With sound design by Antoine Bédard, programming and electronics by Bobbi Kozinuk, and construction design by Minoru Yamamoto.