Evening Gathering (晚參)


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Blue Mountains, Oregon



"Evening Gathering" is a video of a black bear eating a replica of my head cast out of bird seed, marshmallows, and dried fish. The photographs were taken in the summer of 2011 using an infrared camera with a motion detector. The "evening gathering" was a Chan tradition of meeting for discussion with a master. Linji Yixuan, whose words set the stage, is an immensely important figure in the history of Chan (Zen) Buddhism, the founder of what today is known as the Rinzai School. This is a silent movie, but the rhythm of the image sequence roughly follows the opening lines of Mozart's "Eine kleine Nachtmusik." The video was debuted at the Suzhou Museum, Suzhou, China in July 2012 as part of the exhibition "Flowing Movement: The Material Imagination of Ian Boyden." It is part of a larger video installation called "Immortal Feast."


You can watch the video on Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/46021076