Farah Rahman - Origami turtle birth - coral

1:00, 2013, Animation
Stopmotion Origami Turtle Birth made for Antilounge.com
music artist - Turtle Birth aka Kobie Berkhout
music title - Coral

Music & VJ performances
25th of february, 28th of march, 5th of May 2012
@ PAARD Venue, Korzo theatre, Club Ciccionio Delft and in The Hague Holland.
DirectorFarah RahmanProducerFarah RahmanWriterFarah RahmanCameraFarah RahmanEditorFarah RahmanCrewMusic - Turtle Birth A.k.a. Kobie Berkhout
Animation - Farah Rahman


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Who is Farah Rahman?
Farah Rahman works as a video artist in audiovisual performances, creates photographs, films and site-specific art installations.
Her work is often related to the Eastern philosophy Wabi Sabi, seeing beauty in imperfection.

What is Origami turtle birth - coral about?
The re-use of materials, analogue techniques and mixing them all together is typical in my work, which has been described as audiovisual poetry, guerilla style.

How did you start with film? And do you have an educational background in art or film?
I have a bachelor degree in Audiovisual Design at the Willem the Kooning Art Academy in Rotterdam.

Could you explain how you work, what themes or concepts you use and what is important to you?
My work is often related to the Eastern philosophy Wabi Sabi, seeing beauty in imperfection.

How long do you usually work on one project?
When i’m focussed i can work through the middle of the night untill the next morning for weeks with not a lot of sleep in between but that doesn’t matter when i’m in the ’mood’.

Do you carefully plan the production process or do you work more intuitive?
I make notes on my Iphone whenever i have an idea and that can be on the strangest locations and occasions.
Lately i’ve been making a lot of notes of my dreams so that will be more food for thoughts in animations in the future.
Then the idea floats around in my head for a while before i plan any production process.
The origami stopmotion idea took a long processing time before i actually made anything.
It was quite hard to practise the folding but at the same time this was kind of a ’be patient’ meditation.

How does the title relate to the work, and how do you find a fitting title?
The title in this project was simple. It’s the name of the song by Turtlebirth aka Kobie Berkhout.

Where do you get your ideas or inspiration from?
For this Antilounge collaboration project with Turtlebirth i was inspired by the music track ’Coral’

How important is sound in film, and if you use sounds, do you create your own or use existing?
Sound is 50% of the whole experience.

How does content relate to the form of your work?
For this animation i was only interested in my own creative process of learning to be patient while practising the origami folding.
Also the collaboration with the music artist (i didn’t know him before this project) proved to be very refreshing for the outcome of the animation. At this moment i’m more interested in creating new narratives = storytelling using found footage.

Where would you place your work; cinema or art. And what is the difference between those according to you?
I’m currently in the process of remixing existing media and mixing disciplines like art and cinema in a live cinema performance called European Souvenirs.

How influential is the reaction to your film by the audience?
Feedback is appreciated since i’m a walking talking work in progress.

What is your next project about?
Beginning of 2011 untill now i participated in the making of the European Souvenirs Audiovisual Show.
Which premiered 6th october in De Balie Amsterdam during the Imagining Europe event.

Next show 23th november Bilbao Spain, Hondakin Festival.
The performance revolves around Europe, memories, immigration, travel, identity, borders etc.
Produced with our point of views and includes a small piece of my personal family history (India - Surinam - The Netherlands) and collective archive material from leading European archives during Artist Residencies + workshops in Sevilla, Istanbul, Warsaw and Amsterdam since the beginning of april 2012.

It was a unique live cinema performance by Karol Rakowski (Poland), Barış G├╝rsel (Turkey), Farah Rahman (The Netherlands), Malaventura (Spain) and Noriko Okaku (United Kingdom/Japan), designed by ZEMOS98 (Spain) and produced by the European Cultural Foundation’s Doc Next Network.

The premiere of European Souvenirs was performed as part of the European Cultural Foundation’s, Imagining Europe on the 4-7 October 2012. The original length of the performance was 50 minutes and this film gathers together extracts from the full performance.

European Souvenirs departs from the convention of the traditional audiovisual memoir: the (media) archive. The show is a collective exploration by five young media artists featuring media found at archives in their countries and existing imagery of Europe and its travellers.

Universal concepts such as ’family’, ’travel’, ’borders’ and ’memory’ are the starting point for their expedition. They explore personal, local and common meanings of the footage and sounds from the archives, as well as creating their own productions and fieldworks. Inspired by their personal memories, they offer us a journey down our own memory lane.

They bring us precious European Souvenirs -- sounds and images from different pasts and European contexts. They invite us to make new connections between different European landscapes, identities, imaginations -- and to draw new borders in our own memory map.
For more information go to http://www.europeansouvenirs.eu

Interview Fiber Space about our creative workproces during the project.
Reference tumblr: http://www.europeansouvenirs.tumblr.com/
More photography: http://www.flickr.com/photos/zemos98/collections/72157629783532368/

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