もり Mori is a three-channel video installation that investigates the confluence of ecologies with place-based affectivities in Yamaguchi Prefecture, Japan.

The title of the three chapters, “守(to protect)”、“森(forest)”、“杜(spirit)” are different in shapes and meaning, yet all pronounced as “Mori” in Japanese.

Karst cave, groundwater, the soils, villager, burning mountain ritual, scientist, Buyō dancer, majestic oak and forests, the work questions the ways of contemplating nature through rituals and folklores, and how landscapes have been historically constructed. Conceptualizing Dan Graham’s installation “Two-way Mirror Triangular Pavilion with Shoji Screen” as diffractive model of the work, もり Mori sees landscape as process and inner mechanism, which is defined by our detached vision and interpreted by our bodymind. It is a panorama which continuously changes as we move along any route.

Watch the work here between Thu the 25th – Wed 31st of March 2021 (27’23”)

*Please note this work is available to UK audiences only.

In March, May*, July and September 2021, CFCCA will present weekly film screenings, giving our audiences a new means to connect with our programme from home, and engage with key issues of our present moment.

 

*We have taken the decision to cancel May’s Film Club to allow the Curatorial Team to support gallery reopening and programming. Apologies for any inconvenience, we look forward to Film Club’s return in July.

Photo credit: Su Yu Hsin, film still of もりMori (2020). Image courtesy of the artist.