THE MANTIS ON THE TAXI
Digital (Full HD), HDV, Internet Archive
boy Tancredi Cocchi
girl Shizuka Osanai
photography Tadahiro Yoshikawa
editing Pierre Bouchilloux
music Mozart's "Piano Concerto no.21" performed by Apollo Symphony Orchestra
sound Umeo Saito
make-up design Stefania Zambon
project manager Shigehiro Suwa
On The Mantis
Being inspired by a fact actually happened of a mantis on a taxi in the center of Tokyo,
the work is an allegory on the identity and sexuality of the male protagonist. Elements that put together with different contemporary realities result not stable and defined anymore, but in constant evolution. An evolution that according to the artist, distinguish the human being since his birth, but recently it is becoming more evident.
According to Bill Viola, one of the characteristics of the human being is to have many ids, which are multiple identities made of conflicting moments and sudden transformations.
“The Mantis on the Taxi” tries to show these transformations giving an interpretation, both physical and mental, on the identity and the nature of the human being in a global world which it is subjected in turn to sudden changes. A world where solid and definite boundaries between male and female, East and West, real and virtual, carnal and spiritual, are questioned to propose a critical consideration of the reality we live in.
- "The multi-sensory Impossibility of a Worm", Jean Sadao Solo exhibition, Ogu Mag gallery, Tokyo, Japan, 15 July 2018
- Blue Magpie Experimental Film Series/Taiwan, Japan and Beyond, National Chiao Tung University, Hsinchu, Taiwan
20 December 2017
- 31st Uppsala International Shortfilm Festival, special programm Svarta sagor – Fantastic Film, Uppsala, Sweden
22-28 October 2012
- 10th flEXiff Experimental International Film Festival, curatorial program Special flEXiff Competition, Sidney, Australia
21-23 September 2012