Lightning State

2013
Teslacoil, 2-channel video installation (HD, color, stereo sound)
Programming: Shun Owada
Technical advisor: Koichi Nakamura





Lightning State is an installation artwork featuring the moving image of a merry-go-round that continues to rotate in vain in ruinous space against the backdrop of rumbling lightning. While Tesla coil creates lightning, the image of the merry-go-round begins to burn. The fire spreads over the entire scene and ends up in ashes; when everything turns to ashes and wrapped up in the dark, rolls of thunder are heard, and lightning appears followed by a projection of an image of cherry buds beginning to unfurl. When cherry blossoms come into full bloom, the moving image returns to where it began, and the merry-go-round starts rotating again. The merry-go-round originated in medieval times during which soldiers used them as a training machine to practice riding a warhorse. The touching scene of the cherry blossoms was filmed at the U.S. military base in Aomori. Lightning State expresses my sense of the reality and fiction existing as a seamless continuity. It also symbolises my attempt to criticise the consumptive society in which memories and records of our daily life are dissected by a natural disaster or a war, and we are buried in the passage of time as we continue to live on its ruinous playground.