2012 / Film, Installation, Performance / Setouchi, Japan
It has been said that early Showa era in A island, Setonaikai, there were more than 20 kilns which were for making tiles. Clay of Ashimayama, north of the island, was known to be favored with the tile making, and because those tiles were tolerant of cold, they were sent to Sanin area via Fukuyama and Kasaoka. With the years of change, the tile making industry declined, and by the time about 40 years ago from now, every fire of kilns in the island disappeared. Among those numerous kilns, there was a craftsman named Onishi Shinroku, who was the only man specialized in making devil tiles. From the testimonial of the islanders, a kiln buried in the copse of trees in Nakashinden area was found. The kiln has overgrown countless tress and roots around itself as if it looked like Angkor Wat. A question, is to ask if we can make the devil tiles one more time again, burning in this kiln.