Chloë DELANGHE

Residency Program

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Chloë DELANGHE

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Activity Based Belgium
CityTokyo
Period 2019.9- 2019.11
Purpose of the residency

During the residency at TOKAS I mainly want to continue my work on the project Minnebrieven (Love Letters), an experimental short film that focusses on a small roost of pigeons in Ginza, and explores themes of camera-agency, solitude, displacement and love through images of these animals. The film's approach draws heavily from the essay "Why look at animals?" by John Berger. By looking at these birds I wish to reflect on looking as such, and the fundamental space between two living beings. The first month of the residency will be spent filming, visiting and re-visiting the places and subjects that would be depicted in the film. After developing the materials, I would present and discuss the footage with local artists, TOKAS residents/ organisation and curators.

Plan during the residency

・Working on the film Minnebrieven (Love Letters) will be my main artistic activity during the residency, timing:
・September (weeks 1-3) - Research and shooting
・September (week 4) - October (week 1) - Sound recording (with sound recordist) and additional shooting
・October (week 2-3) - Test editing/ sound recording, review work (create outline), studio visits
・October (week 4) - November (week 1-2) - Make additional sound and image recording + open studios
・November (week 3-4) - Editing image and sound 

Activities during the residency

Brussels-based artist, Chloë DELANGHE has been working on an experimental short film Minnebrieven (Love Letters) that focuses on the relationship between people and animals. The films perspective draws on the essay “Why look at animals?” by John Berger and uses it as a point of reference. By looking at animals, she relates the desire of looking at something or someone to her own past and present. Drawing from her practice as a photographer, she makes audiovisual portraits of different creatures she discovered during her residency stay in Japan, resulting in images that explore themes of camera-agency, solitude, displacement and love through cautious encounters with pigeons, ravens and deer.

Overview of the residency

During my residency I focused solely on the production of the film project Minnebrieven (Love letters). In that sense the main outcome of the residency will be the film once it has been finished here in Belgium. The film will be screened in avant premiere in WIELS Brussels and has received extra funds for post-production via the VGC (Vlaamse Gemeenschapscomissie). I made some very valuable connections with fellow artist-residents. Because the work I was making in Tokyo was related to film production, I think it would have been more optimal to have an assistant for the entire residency period. Other than that, I’m happy with the results of my practice in Tokyo.

Minnebrieven (Love letters), 2019

Minnebrieven (Love letters), 2019

Minnebrieven (Love letters), 2019

Minnebrieven (Love letters), 2019

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