Shekhinah/Manidoo Giizis, which translates to Spirit Dwelling (in Hebrew)/Spirit Moon (in Ojibwe, my tribe’s traditional language), is a multimedia installation that explores moon cycles around Los Angeles, the city I currently call home. The title refers to the Kabbalistic idea of feminine divinity in the imminent world, which is represented by the moon. Two 16mm film loops, and an audio tape loop made by my collaborator Jon Almaraz, make a sculptural presence in the space, physically reaching across the room and to the ceiling. The projectors are set up at opposite sides of the room facing each other so that the viewer sees the projected image next to a projector. The film is a timelapse of a moonrise shot from my balcony in Echo Park. The difference between celestial beings and man made lights becomes hard discern as planes mimic lightning bugs or shooting stars and the moon can be mistaken for a helicopter. One projector plays the film forward as the moon rises and the other plays in reverse to create a machinemade moonset.
This installation served as my MFA thesis for the Photography/Media Program in the School of Art at California Institute of the Arts.