A conversation around monsters leads to the creation of an imaginary friend named Kudok.

Creative team

Writer/director: Cindy Mochizuki

Filmmaker’s statement

This stop-motion animated short is taken from an interdisciplinary performance called Mörkö, performed by Emma Hendrix and Cindy Mochizuki and directed by James Long.

About Cindy Mochizuki

Cindy Mochizuki

Cindy Mochizuki has created installation, performance, animation, drawings and collaborative works that consider spaces that embody both the fictional and documentary.

Often working with archival sources, memory work and interviews, her practice revisits historical and personal memory. Her multimedia works experiment with moving images, optical illusions and magical realism through a hybrid of video, film, audio and animation.

A large body of her work investigates narratives and memories within the archive of familial architecture, including childhood spaces, home videos, photography, and oral histories.

Family, displacement, migration and remembrance of traumatic historical memory have been departure points within an ongoing series of works that re-visit the memory and history of the Japanese Canadian internment and its effects on family members both within Canada and Japan.

Cindy’s short films have screened in Hungary, Holland, Korea, Toronto, Los Angeles and Montreal. Recent exhibitions include: Fictive Communities Asia, Koganecho Bazaar (2014), On the Subject of Ghosts, Hamilton Artists Inc (2013), Yokai & Other Spirits, Toronto Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre (2013) and To/From BC Electric Railway 100 Years, Vancouver International Centre for Contemporary Asian Art (2012).

She received her MFA in interdisciplinary studies from the School For Contemporary Arts at Simon Fraser University.

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