JIKAI

Single-Channel Video

Running Time: 4 Minutes 55 Seconds

2013

                                                                                                          “Thus hath the candle singed the moth.”                                                                                                                            --William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice

Like the moth drawn to the light in this video’s hypnotic dance with death, we are all irresistibly attracted to danger despite knowing its potential for negative consequences.  Making an allusion to Shakespeare’s line in The Merchant of Venice, the moth in Jikai is a metaphor for political systems and its fluttering around a light bulb is a meditation on political disintegration.

The film is dedicated to the Japanese filmmaker, Akuri Kurosawa, whose seminal work insightfully commented on contemporary societal issues. Jikai is in several private and museum collections; it was screened on multiple synchronized monitors in New York City in February 2014 as a featured video in the Times Square Midnight Moment series.