By means of magic spells

By means of magic spells

35mm film silent  2:60 min

The Ainu word for ancestor translates as ‘those who dwell in the hearth’. Kamuy-huci (Rising Fire Sparks Woman) is among the most important kamuy (a spiritual or divine being) of Ainu mythology, serving as keeper of the gateway between the world of humans and the world of kamuy. Accordingly, the hearth fire must never be extinguished completely, it always burns.

The Elm tree that is native to Northernmost Island of Hokkaido, provides wood for the heart fire and skin (bark) for the weaving of attus. The depicted in this film is a direct translation of a song ‘the spell for the river rapid’ that I recorded during my stay. And trough which, by abstract notations of rhythm and tone was brought tone to density in warp and weft.

I decided to trace each thread that made up the textile with a 35mm camera. Aiming to tune in to the melody that holds up the forest and resonates the waters that flow through the fabric.