Through the Jura mountains
Transalpine: Col Collon
Genre: Mountain dance film
At the foot of Mt Nanga Parbat (8125m) in the Himalayas at an altitude of 4000-5000m in a landscape of mainly rock, ice and snow lives the snow grouse. How is she surviving in this environment that seems so hostile towards life? Shy and wild, we only get short glimpses of her as she flies past to disappear in the rocks again.
In this film based on Japanese Butoh the snow grouse became the symbol for the quest of the possibility of dance in the austere spaces of the highest mountains of the world. How to meet the immense spaces with the dancer's body? The rocks? The snow? The precipices? The cold? The strain of altitude?
The glimpses of dance in this breath taking environment guide us to a poetic vision of the spring in the mountains with a strong contrast between the fragility of the living being and the power of the mountain nature.
Genre: Music Video
Riding the commuter train in Osaka, staring into the habitual city view, a passenger has fragmentary insights into a different level of reality. As if his view was invaded by a parasitic frequency the inner and outer landscapes mix. He perceives people as their inner psycological essence, pressed forwards, constantly running after an imaginary goal, and finally they are so used to running that they can't be without anymore. Without consciously realizing the shift, "running" became a goal in itself.
About the "Goldfishtown"
The confined world of the goldfishbowl is to me like a small model of the emptiness of the town life Kaja describes in his songs. The fishes in the aquarium are living in an artificial, cut-off universe; they are just there to be watched by others without any power of decision. The goldfishtown is a decorative life in an artificial surrounding - going round without real purpose, dressing up just for the outer appearance. But looking at it from a different angle, it also hints at the silence and selfsufficency which can bring depth and beauty into this "goldfishbowl".