“Medicine Buddha” is a film installation, interweaving the Arctic sunlight, Medicine Buddha Sutra, ghosts, and an invisible letter, to address a sense of loss and to archive the ephemeral. Taking the meaning from the practice of the same name, the supreme healer, both for oneself and others, to overcome the inner sickness of attachment. The artist handwritten Sutra Spell on vintage onion skin paper to represent when Medicine Buddha repeats the spell 108 times, all the suffering from the sickness and pain will disappear. This project utilizes 16mm film loops and analog projectors combining traditional and direct filmmaking techniques to explore the optical sound, language to address the subjects of time and memories.
Title: Medicine Buddha
Medium: 16 mm film, analog film projector, vintage onion skin paper
SPECIAL THANKS TO
MONO NO AWARE, Steve Cossman, Erica Sheu, Tzuan Wu, and SHIFT Residency staff and 2018-19 cohort.
Medicine Buddha is part of a-year-long SHIFT residency at efa Project Space and is made possible by Queens Council on the Arts with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.
The solar power lamp that was used to collect the Arctic Sunlight is a product called Little Sun Diamond designed by artist Olafur Eliasson