Lotta-Pia Kallio´s videoart to Harri Suilamo´s compose Wasure-Gai – Onnade Calligraphy
Video´s combines calligraph´s visuality, movement and landscape. The total length of the 3 part videos is 12 minutes. Videos are about longing and searching in different ages. Each dancer has her own temperament and movements as they improvise their dance with ink.
Wasure-gai means “a shell of forgetfulness”. There were several variations of calligraphy in existence at the time when the Japanese form began to break free of its Chinese heritage. Onnade calligraphy is writing “in a female hand” that was used for poems and journals, and represented refinement and poetic beauty. Its soft, freely formed signs could even lose their symbolic identity, whereupon they became pure art and aesthetics, in contrast with the “male hand” (otokode) that was used for official writing, using Chinese signs and straightforward angularity.
Though related to the modern word okashii, meaning "strange" or "weird," the classical term okashi referred to things which were cute, delightful, or amusing. The term is used extensively, in particular, by Sei Shônagon in her Pillow Book (Makura no sôshi).
Composer: Harri Suilamo
Kantele: Eva Alkula
Koto: Tomoya Nakai
Filming and editing: Lotta-Pia Kallio