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May 20
Josiane Keller replied to Swannie's discussion Bunraky head and boddy patterns
"In brief: it's not simple. The principle of traditional bunraku puppets is not to assimilate shape, but much more motion language of real humans to create the illusion of real living people, human actors in traditional kabuki and No plays at…"
May 20

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Kyoto / Tokyo (Japan),
Europe (various places)
Relationship to Puppetry
puppeteer, working mostly with lens-based images of self-made small-scale puppets (both still and moving, both recorded or live projection). The puppets are mainly made from clay and additional materials.
I am interested in combining the created-by-hand energy of puppets with modern technology; to me this creates and interesting dynamic.
I do not create puppet shows, but instead walk-in photo installations of puppet photos next to experimental puppet-trick-films I use mainly live as visuals for music performances in collaboration with various DJs or within outdoor projections somewhere in urban settings.
What First Got Me Interested in Puppetry
As a child I had a set of European hand-puppets and a small stage; kid's TV was very good in my area so I grew up with "Monsieur Papotin" by the amazing André Tahon and at the same time also the early clips by Jan Švankmajer, which are politically themed and not really geared for kids, but they aired it anyways, I guess they didn't know any better.
My grandfather was a harp builder and raised me in his workshop, so I had the advantage to have a full wood workshop with machines, good wood and a tutor available. There I built my first puppets and haven't stopped since, although my puppets now are mostly from clay.
My Puppetry (or Puppet) Hero
various, but I would have to say: Jiří Trnka, connected to him also somewhat Kihachirō Kawamoto;
Kinosuke Takeda,
André Tahon ("Papotin's Revue"),
Tadeusz Kantor,
also Mike Bradley, who's talent is incredible and who I also worked with in Compagnie MaMa's.
Somewhere in there is also Jan Švankmajer, although I admire mostly his philosophy, which is almost not published in other languages than Czech or Japanese, so hard to come across, unless you know where to look, but it's highly intelligent and insightful.
If I Were a Puppet, I'd Be...
perhaps a crane marionette or a horse marionette
More About Me:
That's enough for here. Image google my work, that way you can see most of it and if you like any you can follow that trail yourself.
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Affiliations/Professional Organizations
SAS, ASIFA Austria
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