HD 24 fps, stereo sound
4 x 2 min
Permanent exhibition at the Ainu Cultural Space “minapa”.
The space was named minapa which means “smile all together” in the Ainu language in the hope of celebrating people's sense of affinity to this space.
Date and time of the opening :
11 a.m., 21st March, 2019 (Japan Time)
Sapporo Station of the municipal subway (between North gate and South
gate of the Nanboku line)
Animation technique :
Drawing on paper, indian ink and watercolor, 2D Computer.
The Ainu people constitute an indigenous population of Hokkaido, Northeast of Honshu, Sakhalin, Kuril Islands and Kamchatka Peninsula. KAPARAMIP, CICIRI, TETARAPE and RUUNPE refer to different types of kimonos and patterns made by Ainu creators. Patterns are designed, according to the different regions and families, with shaped cut-out clothes, white or colored, and embroideries. These patterns might be inspired by forms from nature, connected to the Ainu daylife and their spirituality. The four animations are a tribute to this art, giving life to elementary forms that evolve infinitely by repetition, dancing in rhythm with the traditional Ainu music Ukouk.
"Sirki" meen "pattern" in Ainu language.
The project consist in a small collection of 4 films around 2 min.
Director : Boris Labbé
Music : Marewrew
Animation : Boris Labbé, Armelle Mercat
Compositing : Boris Labbé
Adviser : Mayunkiki
Music producer : OKI
Coordination : Asami Hosokawa
Ainu Patterns References by Courtesy of :
The Fondation for Ainu Culture
Hakodate City Museum
National Museum of Ethnology
Tenri University Sankakan Museum
The Japan Folk Crafts Museum
Tomokomai City Museum
Waseda Aizu Museum
Thanks to : Kawamura Kaneta Ainu Museum, Sapporo Tenjinyama Art Studio.
Production Cooperation : Sapporo International Art Festival Executive Committee
Supported by Ambassade de France / Institut français du Japon
Presented by City of Sapporo
© Boris Labbé 2019