Private Project

A Measurement of Parasympathetic Meta-Tension

I took a walk in the woods and came out taller than the trees.
~ Henry David Thoreau

A walk in the woods is only an exalted dream.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

This is a continuous shot of a one mile (1.609K) movement in the woods. It's a wander through a shadow-electric forest. A listen to the humming feedback signals of a piano strings soundtrack. A frolic with fragments, and they are everywhere.

  • Robert Mizaki
  • Robert Mizaki
  • Robert Mizaki
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Music Video, Short
  • Genres:
    Experimental, music video, Drone music, art, Sound design, art film, collage, video college, underground, iphone, Wane Forest
  • Runtime:
    23 minutes 43 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 19, 2023
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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Director Biography - Robert Mizaki

Director Biography - R Mizaki

I am a bi-racial Korean/British American, born in Japan on an American navy base, and grew up in the United States in the 1960s. I encountered racism at a very young age from my own American grandparents In Ohio. As a result, our family minimized communications with them and moved across the country to Arizona. My mother, a Zainichi Korean (Korean born in Japan, trained to behave culturally Japanese, but never given citizenship) maintained her Japanese camouflage as our mother her entire life. Because she was actually Korean, she often explain her Korean home routines as Japanese while pushing me into American culture without guidance from my always working father. He in turn never referred to me as Asian or half Asian. To him, I was white which led me to an early struggle with identity confusion, suppression, frustration, and even sexuality. This pared with growing up in a suburban neighborhood with nearly 99 percent white working and middle class residents made social intergration in Arizona very difficult. As a result, I took refugee in the movie theaters and drive-ins. Cinema became my escape, my upbringing, and my guide to overcoming these challenges.

Other works include Tech Tac Tile and Fragmentstein.

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Director Statement

This is a walk in my favorite time of the year where the leaves put on their swankiest colors before their evictions arrive. I'm presenting it as a slow, ambient journey that mixes the tones and drones of treated piano strings with the fragments of an unusually warm spring day in the city. All four seasons are represented.