Lightning State

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

Lightning State is an art work of installation featuring the moving image of a merry-go-round that continues to rotate in vain in ruinous space against the backdrop of rumbling lightning. With Tesla coil creating lightning, the image of merry-go-round starts burning. The fire spreads over the whole scene and ends up in ashes. When everything turns into ashes and then is wrapped up in the dark, rolls of thunder are heard with the appearance of lightening, followed by a projection of the image of cherry buds beginning to unfurl. When cherry blossoms come into full bloom, the moving image returns to where it begins and the merry-go-round starts rotating on and on again. 
The motif: the merry-go-round, a unit of playground equipment is originally designed for soldiers to practice riding a war-horse. The moving scene of the cherry blossoms was shot at the U.S. military base in Aomori. The scenario of this installation expresses my sense of the reality and fiction being a seamless continuity. It also symbolises my attempt to criticise the consumptive society, in which memories and records of our daily life dissected by a massive natural disaster or a war are buried in the passage of time and we continue to live on the ruinous playground.