SD video,colour, sound, 7'33"
Traveling through Japan for some months in 2008 I saw a very dualistic way of dealing with nature. On the one hand an utmost respect and admiration closely related to the Shinto religion and on the other hand an incredible urge to control it. There were little shrines to be found in seemingly random places in the forests, temple gardens that had trees with branches grown forcefully in 90 degree angles and hills covered completely in concrete to prevent them from erosion. In a land covered by volcanoes, and with an ever present risk of an earthquake, admiration and a need for control seemed to run parralel.