古国府 薫

映像作家/ディレクション/アニメーション  ​

 

話や音楽などを視覚化する事、映像化する事、物質に命を吹き込む事に情熱がある。

ヨーロッパとアジアでアートとアニメーションを学ぶ。スウェーデン国立美術工芸大学Konstfack(コンストファック)のストーリーテリング科で「口承伝と土地の素材」を題材に修士を取得後、スウェーデン王立美術院にて素材とストップモーションの可能性について研究。

 

長期プロジェクトである滞在型のアニメーション制作では、様々な土地に赴き、土地にまつわる神話や伝承をもとに現地で集めた物質をアニメーションの素材として使用し、短編映画、インスタレーション展示、ミュージックビデオやビデオアート等のオーディオビジュアル体験を作る。

制作作品の国際映画祭での上映や展示などに加えて、近年はアニメーションを使った企業とのコラボレーション、コマーシャル、ゲームのビジュアル、ワークショップ、また長編映画制作のメインアニメーターを務めるなど、幅広く活動を展開している。2019年度の映像作家100に選出。

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Education
2015 – 2016         Royal Institute of Art, Program for professional artist’s development, Stockholm, Sweden
2012 – 2014         MFA,         Konstfack University College of Art, Craft and Design, Storytelling, Stockholm, Sweden
2007 – 2009         Osaka College of Art, Animation, Osaka, Japan
2004 – 2006         Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang, Malaysia
2001 – 2002         Chelsea College of Arts, Foundation course, London, England 

       

  

Selected film festivals/screenings
2018    Animation Volda Festival (Volda, Norway)
2018    12th IFEMA International Female Film Festival Malmö (Malmö, Sweden)
2017    Odense International Film Festival (Odense, Denmark) 
2017    Viborg Animation Festival (Viborg, Denmark) 
2017    Re Anima Film Festival (Bergen, Norway)
2017    Anim!Arte ( Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Brazil) 
2017    Void International Animation Film Festival (Copenhagen, Denmark)
2016    Bogotá Music Video Festival (Bogota, Colombia)
2016    Locomoción Experimental Animation Festival (Mexico City, Mexico)
2016    6th StopTrik International Film Festival (Maribor, Slovenia / Lodz, Poland)
2016    BANJALUKA International Animated Film Festival (Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina)
2016    European Animated Film Festival BALKANIMA (Novi Beograd, Serbia)
2016    33rd Tehran International Short Film Festival (Tehran, Iran)
2016    Music Festival O Sol da Caparica (Lisbon, Portugal)
2016    Fest Anča International Animation Festival (Zilina, Slovakia) 
2016    London Shows International Film Festival (London, England)  
2016    MONSTRA Lisbon Animated Film Festival (Lisbon, Portugal)
2010    Toronto Japanese Short Film Festival (Toronto, Canada) 
2009    Sapporo International Short Film Festival (Sapporo, Japan)
 
Selected exhibitions

2018    Höstglöd (Enköping, Sweden)
2018    Fluid State, Atrier 35  (Bucharest, Romania)
2018    Gojo short animation gallery Kyoto (Kyoto, Japan)
2017    International biennale of glass Bulgaria 2017 (Sofia, Bulgaria) 
2017    The Royal Institute of Art Spring Exhibitions 2017 (Stockholm, Sweden)
2016    Solo exhibition “Story Time”, Kino Art (Brno, Czech Republic)
2016    Group exhibition “Rundgång”, Royal Institute of Art, (Stockholm, Sweden)
2015    Solo exhibition “Tryptokos”, Šopa Gallery (Košice, Slovakia)  
2015    Solo exhibition “Kaoru Animation”, Bielanoc, Kino Usmev (Košice, Slovakia) 
2015    FESTIVAL UMENÍ KONFRONTÁCIE, November (Nitra, Slovakia) 
2015    Multimediálny koncertný “Slavapolis” (Bratislava, Slovakia)
2014    Solo exhibition “Dlhý, Široký a Bystrozraký” (Košice, Slovakia) 
2013    Solo exhibition, Gallerouge #3 (Stockholm, Sweden) 
2013    Group exhibition “Nonsense”, Bologna Children’s Book Fair (Bologna, Italy) 
2012    Group exhibition “Sound, Sense and Space” (Berlin, Germany) 
2011    Group exhibition, Religare Art Residency (New Delhi, India) 
2010    Group exhibition, Koukan-ten, (Osaka, Japan) 
2010    “Striped Tiger and White Rabbit”, MHz networks TV Network Broadcast (USA)
2009    Group exhibition, Art Link (Tokyo, Japan) 
2008    Group exhibition, Suntory Museum Tempozan (Osaka, Japan)
2007    Group exhibition, Film Cocktail (Osaka, Japan)

Awards and grants 

2019    Selected for Japanese Motion Graphic Creators 100 (Japan)

2018    Konstnärsnämnden | The Swedish Arts Grants Committee (Sweden)
2017    “Art award” at The GIFs 2017 | Adobe x GIFMAGAZINE contest
2017    Konstnärsnämnden | The Swedish Arts Grants Committee
2017    HELGE AX:SON JOHNSONS STIFTELSE (Sweden)
2015    EU Japan Fest (Japan)
2014    Filmmaker residency (Košice, Slovakia)
2014    BBC Worldwide’s Creative Challenge (England)
2011    Religare Art Residency Programme (New Delhi, India) 
2009    Tsukamoto Educational Institution Alumni Association Chairman Award (Japan) 
2007    Kyoritsu International Foundation Fellowship (Japan)

Residencies

2018     Glass residency (Bucharest, Romania)
2017     NipponNordic – Universe Accelerator (Viborg, Denmark)
2014-2015    Filmmaker residency (Košice, Slovakia)
2013    “Contemporary Past”, Nida Art Colony (Nida, Lithuania)
2011    Religare Art Residency Programme (New Delhi, India)

Performances 

2015    “Bohemian Forest”, Tabačka Kulturfabrik (Kosice, Slovakia)
2015    “Bohemian Forest” Klub (Kosice, Slovakia)
2014    “Ett minne från rymden”, Umeå 2014 European Capital of Culture (Umeå, Sweden)
2013    Storsjöyran Festival (Östersund, Sweden) 
2013    “Traces of the Sun and the Moon”, Fasching (Stockholm, Sweden) 
2013    “Two Picassos and Two Laundry Ladies”, New Sound Made Jazz Festival, Södra Teatern (Stockholm,Sweden)

 

Selected workshops and talks

2018    Biratori 2-day animation workshop (Biratori, Japan)  
2016    Origami animation workshop for kids, “World Children Day” held by Embassy of Japan in the Slovak Republic, International House of Art for Children Bibiana (Bratislava, Slovakia)
2015    Pecha Kucha Night Kosice #37 (Košice, Slovakia)  
2015    Animation Workshop for kids, Tabačka Kulturfabrik (Košice, Slovakia)    
2014    Two-day animation puppet making workshop, Kasárne Kulturpark (Košice, Slovakia)
2014    Two-day animation workshop, ZUŠ Kováčska (Košice, Slovakia)

Animation project
Kaoru works with traditional folk and fairy tales, always working on location in the place from the culture of which the stories stem. Once there, she collects materials (such as pieces of fabrics, patterns, objects) and observations (e.g. about the ways in which people communicate, behave, walk, talk, what and how they pass on to their children, the atmoshpere of their utterances and their content), letting them infuse the style and atmosphere of the animation. She thus interweaves the stories with her information about the present of the place to which the story belongs and in which it survives.

In her animations, Kaoru recomposes the materials and observations she has collected to create a new whole. Indeed, the sense of the whole is one of the key principles guiding the creation of Kaoru’s animations – the feeling of each piece being in its correct place. On the one hand, Kaoru lets herself be led by the objects themselves, allowing them to find their correct place within the collages she creates. At the same time, Kaoru sees them as her actors and actresses, who file onto the stage under her direction as the curtain opens and the play begins. These two elements (allowing the objects to find their own place in the composition and conducting them as they perform on the stage) thus work simultaneously, resulting in a visual language that is playful, fresh and inventive – full of small suprises that make watching the films such fun.

For the animation she is working on in Košice, she chose the fairy story “The Tall, the Fat and the Sharp-Eyed One.” As part of the process of turning the fairy tales into animated films “in situ”, Kaoru often works with local artists and residents. For her Košice film, she has been co-operating with children from local schools and at the city’s children’s and youth library (through drawing workshops, creating props for the film), local writers and artists (on developing the script and storyboard), and with a local musician, who is composing music for the film. (Text by Juliana Berberich–Sokolová)