Hamilton Artists Inc. is pleased to present the work of Cindy Mochizuki and Ed Pien as an off-site project of Reel Asian. Visitors to Ed Pien’s work Revel encounter an adolescent girl’s shadow projected on the wall. The real shadow of the visitor comingles with her projected shadow in this cinematic encounter, and the viewer becomes further immersed within a mylar-based installation of delicately hanging, cobweb houses. Upon exiting the curved spectrum of Pien’s installation, the viewer is confronted with Cindy Mochizuki’s work Yokai and Other Spirits and its sparsely minimal objects: a phone on a plinth, and a darkened telephone booth. The phone rings, and upon answering, hand-traced, animated projections of ghostly impressions suddenly appear in the booth. The source material for this work is excavated from the film Happy Ghost 3 and other vintage films of the same genre, and is reinvented through the lens of the cultural ephemera of adolescence found in anime and graphic novels. The convergence of Cindy Mochizuki’s new media work and Ed Pien’s multi- media installation brings us into a diasporic and ghostly encounter with disappearing forms of popular cinema and the elusive traces of home and belonging.
Cindy Mochizuki holds a MFA from Simon Fraser University and lives in Vancouver. Yokai and Other Spirits was commissioned by Reel Asian and LIFT as part of the Lost Secrets of the Royal project. cindymochizuki.com
Ed Pien was born in Taipei and grew up in Canada. He holds an MFA from York University and BFA from the University of Western Ontario, and currently teaches at the University of Toronto. edpien.com
The programme is generously supported by the Canada Council for the Arts’ Visiting Foreign Artists Program