Feeding the Fire
2005, 173 min
A multi-projection installation with sound intended to create a meditative space. One of three projected images is of the Rathod family of India beginning their day, socializing around a fire and preparing their day's meal - which is accidentally spilled into the fire. To each side of this microcosm of existence, images of what might be stars, wheat, microorganisms or bugs slide constantly into or out of a void. These images are accompanied by the sound of one person constantly exhaling and another inhaling. The totality of the videosonic experience references the constancy of time in all its terminal and eternal nature.
While filming this material I was motivated to start fasting one day a week. In response to this, I asked viewers to take in as much of the two hour and forty six minute installation as they could and to consider taking some action - like fasting - on a schedule of their choosing. In life and art I am interested in exploring the interplay between knowledge and action.
Big Red and Shiny, December 2005