In English we use the term porn star; in Japanese the term is adult video (AV) idol. What is an
idol but a manufactured object of public adoration? An AV idol is not a singular graven image
but rather a database of branded products. An idol doesn’t exist apart from these videos,
magazines, and ephemera: there may be a human performer but she simply serves as a
conduit who channels the idol’s affective charisma.
An AV idol can never actually die: even when the performer retires from the industry the idol
lives on, being resurrected every time a video is played or a magazine is opened. This
installation serves to facilitate the perpetual adoration of Minori Aoi, an idol whose performer
retired in 2001.