WaterWalkKyoto is an audio-visual exploration of water in the sonic ecologies of everyday life in Kyoto, Japan.
An inland city on the island of Honshu, Kyoto is situated in a natural basin embraced by low mountain ranges, with large catchment rivers running through it, and built on top of a vast underground aquifer. While visiting on two occasions in 2014-15, I became fascinated with the city’s prevalence of water energies and systems of flow control – archaic, modern, spiritual, utilitarian, natural, artificial – and the diverse sounds of water’s presence in the landscape.
Using my iPhone 6, I recorded 200+ handheld one-minute observations of water in the public spaces of Kyoto’s streets, temples, laneways, markets, shrines, forests and farmland. This touristic collection of audio-visual observations is presented as a triptych of HD video screens, an abstract evocation of the sitting posture of zazen. The videography is intentionally minimal with no camera moves, and scenes simply cut from one to the next.
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