Climbing Mt. Ishizuchi, a Sacred Mountain and the highest peak in Western Japan
I am currently developing a new installation project which will involve making a high-definition panoramic video recording of my ascent to the shrine at the top of Mt Ishizuchi, one of Japan’s Seven Holy Mountains. It will take approximately 3-4 hours to climb up the perpendicular rock face making use of a trail of heavy iron chains.
I will be recording my climb with a Garmin VRIB 360 camera which has two ultra-wide angle lenses to capture a complete sphere of high-resolution video and audio of the entire surrounding view. The panoramic images and sounds of the mountain landscape recorded during the autumn season will be used to develop an immersive video and sound installation which seeks to reflect my fascination with the cross-fertilization of Eastern and Western aesthetic sensibilities, both for the landscape and its tradition in art and for the intersections between nature and technology, which have been major themes in my work for many years. The UK version will be exhibited in my solo show The Sky is For All at the Ruskin Gallery in the Cambridge School of Art in March, 2019.
The project will be mainly self-funded, but I am also seeking support via crowdfunding.