Contact: Kikuko Tanaka,

Joy of Man's Desiring (work in progress)

Joy of Man’s Desiring explores the western transcendental tradition that manifest in various spheres of activities. The piece begins with the comic scenes that enact a portion of Comte de Lautreamont’s Maldoror. At the bedtime, hearing dogs howling outside, a child asks his mother why they are barking. Mother gives her compassionate interpretation of the howling dogs as thirsting for the infinite, and admonishes the child not to deride them for what they do. Following this scene, mixtures of both appropriated and staged-shot footage unfolds to explore the aspiration for the transcendence, which fuels the light and shadow of the West.