Edie at a party and sleeping

November 18, 2017

Edie at a party and sleeping:

Josiane Keller - Edie leaning against a wall

Josiane Keller “Edie leaning against a wall” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Edie in pink light

Josiane Keller “Edie in pink light” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Edie blurry

Josiane Keller “Edie blurry” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Edie chatting

Josiane Keller “Edie chatting” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Edie chatting 2

Josiane Keller “Edie chatting 2” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Edie chatting 3

Josiane Keller “Edie chatting 3” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Edie chatting 4

Josiane Keller “Edie chatting 4” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Edie sleeping with orange pantyhose on

Josiane Keller “Edie sleeping with orange pantyhose on” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Edie sleeping

Josiane Keller “Edie sleeping” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Edie sleeping 2

Josiane Keller “Edie sleeping 2” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Edie sleeping 3

Josiane Keller “Edie sleeping 3” (2017)

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Making of Edie – Vol. II

November 15, 2017

Edie, after firing. (Turns out, Edie is the baby sister of late Billy aka Franz Josef Weisslechner.)

Josiane Keller - Edie 4

Josiane Keller “Edie 4” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Edie 5

Josiane Keller “Edie 5” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Edie 6

Josiane Keller “Edie 6” (2017)

 

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ホテル-Hotel – Vincent on the junkyard (2017)

November 13, 2017

Vincent on the junkyard; to view, please click: HERE

music: “Funky Suspense”https://www.bensound.com/

Josiane Keller - Vincent on the junkyard

Josiane Keller ホテル-Hotel – Vincent on the junkyard” (2017)

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Edie in the kiln – bisque fire

November 12, 2017

Edie in the kiln:

Josiane Keller - Edie bisque fire

Josiane Keller “Edie bisque fire” (2017)

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Making of Edie – Vol. 1

November 7, 2017

Making of Edie:

Josiane Keller - Edie 1

Josiane Keller “Edie 1” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Edie 2

Josiane Keller “Edie 2” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Edie 3

Josiane Keller “Edie 3” (2017)

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five shorts (2017)

November 6, 2017

currently password protected (please ask), to view click HERE;

five shorts: the fetus: ultrasound and in the womb – Alexander’s first steps – Molly is taking a shower – little boy sulking – blonde woman screen test (Chiaki)

Josiane Keller - five shorts

Josiane Keller “five shorts” (2017)

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Blonde woman screen test (Chiaki)

October 23, 2017

Filming the screen test with Chiaki:

Josiane Keller - Chiaki screen test 1

Josiane Keller “Chiaki screen test 1” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Chiaki screen test 2

Josiane Keller “Chiaki screen test 2” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Chiaki screen test 3

Josiane Keller “Chiaki screen test 3” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Chiaki screen test 4

Josiane Keller “Chiaki screen test 4” (2017)

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blonde woman screen test – Chiaki (2017)

October 23, 2017

currently password protected (please ask), to view please click: HERE

screen test of a blonde woman (Chiaki Sato);

Josiane Keller - blonde woman screen test - Chiaki

Josiane Keller “blonde woman screen test – Chiaki” (2017)

 

 

 

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blonde woman looking to the left (2017)

October 23, 2017

Josiane Keller - blond woman looking to the left

Josiane Keller “blond woman looking to the left” (2017)

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little boy sulking #5259 (2017)

October 12, 2017

Josiane Keller - little boy sulking #5259

Josiane Keller “little boy sulking #5259” (2017)

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little boy sulking #5263 (2017)

October 12, 2017

Josiane Keller - little boy sulking #5263

Josiane Keller “little boy sulking #5263” (2017)

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New category and project: The Shape of Things / Screen tests – little boy sulking

October 11, 2017

Came up with the new project [finally! It took me a while to sort through stuff in my head!], originating from the hotel, but new characters and this time without narration: The Shape of Things ,

Still images:

Josiane Keller - little boy portrait 20 times

Josiane Keller “little boy portrait 20 times” (2017)

Josiane Keller “little boy portrait 16 times” (2017)

and:  Screen tests:

first clip: “little boy sulking”, currently password protected, but you can ask me for it and watch it HERE

Josiane Keller - little boy sulking

Josiane Keller “little boy sulking” (2017)

 

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ホテル Hotel – Molly taking a shower (2016/17)

October 9, 2017

To view please click: HERE

Molly taking a shower, washing hair, drying it with a towel and walking out of the bathroom.
Technically this is a film from the ホテル Hotel -project, but because it is an important clip that led up to the Screen tests it is in this category.

Josiane Keller - Molly taking a shower 16

ホテル Hotel “Molly taking a shower” (2016/17)

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Making of a puppet of a boy – Vol. IV – clothes and photo shoot

October 9, 2017

Clothed and ready for photo shoot before he’ll be sent off (this is a commission).

Josiane Keller - little boy standing by a wall

Josiane Keller “little boy standing by a wall” (2017)

Josiane Keller - little boy standing by a wall - close-up

Josiane Keller “little boy standing by a wall – close-up” (2017)

Josiane Keller - little boy standing by a wall - close-up 2

Josiane Keller “little boy standing by a wall – close-up 2” (2017)

Josiane Keller - little boy holding his hands in front of his eyes

Josiane Keller “little boy holding his hands in front of his eyes” (2017)

Josiane Keller - little boy counting with his face against a wall

Josiane Keller “little boy counting with his face against a wall” (2017)

Ready to go.

Josiane Keller - little boy close-up

Josiane Keller “little boy close-up” (2017)

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ホテル-Hotel – Goebbels the dog barking at the Bagdad Cafe (2017)

October 8, 2017

ホテル – Hotel: ShinySkySituation are playing a gig in the desert, stopping for a burger Goebbels the dog, always on edge, is barking his lungs out at the famous Bagdad Cafe;

to watch click HERE:

Josiane Keller - Bagdad Cafe trailer

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ホテル Hotel – slide-show: LA Underground Film Forum, Honorable Mention, 2017

October 6, 2017

LA Underground Film Forum, Honorable Mention, ホテル Hotel – slide-show 

Josiane Keller - ホテル Hotel -Surrogates - slide-show

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Making of a puppet of a boy – Vol. III – after cutting hair – Happy Halloween!

October 5, 2017

Oh-oh, someone is pouting a bit. Ops. After cutting hair.

Sorry folks, I couldn’t help myself. And anyways, these guys do what they want, I only take the photographs. Happy Halloween!

Josiane Keller - happy Halloween puppet

Josiane Keller “happy Halloween puppet” (2017)

Josiane Keller - happy Halloween 2

Josiane Keller “happy Halloween 2” (2017)

Josiane Keller - happy Halloween 3

Josiane Keller “happy Halloween 3” (2017)

Josiane Keller - happy Halloween 4

Josiane Keller “happy Halloween 4” (2017)

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Making of a puppet of a boy – Vol. II – after washing hair

October 4, 2017

After washing hair.

Josiane Keller - little boy after washing hair

Josiane Keller “little boy after washing hair” (2017)

Josiane Keller - little boy after washing hair 2

Josiane Keller “little boy after washing hair 2” (2017)

Josiane Keller - little boy after washing hair 3

Josiane Keller “little boy after washing hair 3” (2017)

Josiane Keller - little boy after washing hair 4

Josiane Keller “little boy after washing hair 4” (2017)

Josiane Keller - little boy after washing hair 5

Josiane Keller “little boy after washing hair 5” (2017)

 

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Making of a puppet of a boy

October 2, 2017

This is a very belated commission for a good friend of mine. Usually I am very meticulous about commissions, in this case I had some serious problems of an unexpected very long lasting creative block and, possibly connected to each other, a serious contemplation about my position as an artist and questions about future directions, context and the profession as such, if it can be called that, perhaps being an artist is not a profession, perhaps it is more an addiction and should be treated as such.

Josiane Keller - puppet of a boy

Josiane Keller “puppet of a boy” (2017)

Josiane Keller - puppet of a boy - quintett

Josiane Keller “puppet of a boy – quintett” (2017)

Josiane Keller - puppet of a boy 7

Josiane Keller “puppet of a boy 7” (2017)

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ホテル-Hotel extension film project: Screen tests – Starfish walking on the beach

September 24, 2017

Starfish walking on the beach, to view film please click HERE

Josiane Keller - Starfish walking on the beach

Josiane Keller “Starfish walking on the beach” (2017)

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Rattenkönig – “Jesus as a rat”-animation

September 21, 2017

Topic: “Rattenkönig” (“rat king”); animation, “Jesus as a rat”.

This project as much as I loved it was tossed out as an individual topic, but you can see the animation HERE.

Josiane Keller - Jesus as a rat

Josiane Keller “Jesus as a rat”-animation (2017)

 

 

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ホテル Hotel – Grasshopper Road Tour

September 10, 2017

A long, slow summer is finally coming to an end. It seems we are all hard-boiled and moving slower than before. Much has happened, but hardly any of it seemed spectacular, although it is not much different from last year’s adventures, this year for some reason we are a bit falling apart, it seems anyways, maybe starting with Laila moving with Alexander into her own place. Kids give a sense of group-feeling to a place, everyone gets a part of it, even those who claim they don’t want anything to do with it.

Molly being there but not there for most of the time, either rehearsing “Was wollen Sie von mir?” or sleeping with Elle and leaving Starfish without much explanation (not that the situation needs much explanation, but those left behind always push for one anyways), wandering aimlessly around or hiding in his own or his friends’ room, til he get’s kicked out, doesn’t lift the mood; Larry seems the most tolerant with him, but he is no replacement for Molly and at some point Larry’s faible for drama is in reverse going on Starfish’s nerve.

End of July ShinySkySituation went on tour, the Grasshopper Road Tour, being summer vacation Molly was meant to come along but on the morning of leaving she broke her elbow, which delayed the departure, put Starfish in a deep black mood and didn’t help after all, Molly had to stay at home, cast and all, and the secretly hoped for chance for reunion for Starfish went downhill.

However, they came back with shiny eyes after all, so in a way it did some good to the situation.

I am editing film clips and grouping photographs together, exhausted from the project and in need of my own vacation, but there is no time for anything like that, to much work, still.

Josiane Keller - grasshopper road tour - train tracks in Arizona

Josiane Keller “grasshopper road tour – train tracks in Arizona” (2017)

 

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ホテル Hotel – Surrogates – the slide show Semi-Finalist at Los Angeles CineFest 2017

July 12, 2017

The slide show won Semi-Finalist at Los Angeles CineFest 2017, … one more badge, hahaha, und das sieht so aus:

Josiane Keller - ホテル Hotel -Surrogates - slide-show

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Brief Interlude: “Pictures Speak Louder Than Words” – new book by Atelier Herenplaats on Outsider Art

July 12, 2017

Finally it has arrived: new book by artists of Galerie Atelier Herenplaats in Rotterdam on exactly that: Outsider Art. If you are interested in the topic and since it is absolutely beautiful I decided to show a few pages, to give an impression other than just bragging how gorgeous it is (it REALLY is!)

For more information check their homepage: Galerie Atelier Herenplaats

Atelier Herenplaats - Pictures Speak Louder Than Words

Atelier Herenplaats “Pictures Speak Louder Than Words” (2017)

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Unexpectedly: Puppet Animation for Children: “Confessions of a Runaway – In the Cafe” (Vol. I)

July 4, 2017

I never thought this day would ever come, and yet… : here it is, a puppet animation for a very small child, in fact for a specific small child, age 4. No sex, drugs or rock’n roll, no search for the meaning of life. (Ahh… wait! Not true, but maybe a bit more simplified, or is it?)

The story behind this is a certain friend, actually an art college class mate, has a little boy, who lost his favourite toy and was devastated. So we came up with a story to explain what happened, and since kids these days are smart, we can’t simply tell fake news, we have to come up with evidence of it.

It was so much fun that now we have a new (and very unexpected) category: Puppet Animation for Children

Josiane Keller - Confessions of a Runaway

Josiane Keller “Confessions of a Runaway” (2017)

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ホテル Hotel – on the beach

July 2, 2017

Molly is spending an awful amount of time with Elle, also at Elle’s fancy apartment, although it’s only fancy inside, where she lives everyone has a Chihuahua and lets them pee all over the place, so it reeks. Oh well. I volunteered to go pick Molly up there anyways, as the idea is to go together to the beach with Starfish, Chiaki and Larry, and we hope, Molly and Starfish get a chance to rekindle.

Josiane Keller - Molly leaving the apartment

Josiane Keller “Molly leaving the apartment” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Molly leaving the apartment 3

Josiane Keller “Molly leaving the apartment 3” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Molly leaving the apartment 4

Josiane Keller “Molly leaving the apartment 4” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Molly leaving the apartment 6

Josiane Keller “Molly leaving the apartment 6” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Molly leaving the apartment 7

Josiane Keller “Molly leaving the apartment 7” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Molly leaving the apartment 8

Josiane Keller “Molly leaving the apartment 8” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Molly, Chiaki, Larry and Starfish on the beach

Josiane Keller “Molly, Chiaki, Larry and Starfish on the beach” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Molly, Chiaki, Larry and Starfish on the beach 2

Josiane Keller “Molly, Chiaki, Larry and Starfish on the beach 2” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Molly, Chiaki, Larry and Starfish on the beach 3

Josiane Keller “Molly, Chiaki, Larry and Starfish on the beach 3” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Molly on the beach

Josiane Keller “Molly on the beach” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Molly on the beach 2

Josiane Keller “Molly on the beach 2” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Molly on the beach 3

Josiane Keller “Molly on the beach 3” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Larry and Starfish on the beach

Josiane Keller “Larry and Starfish on the beach” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Starfish on the beach

Josiane Keller “Starfish on the beach” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Larry and Starfish on the beach 2

Josiane Keller “Larry and Starfish on the beach 2” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Starfish on the beach 2

Josiane Keller “Starfish on the beach 2” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Larry and Starfish on the beach 3

Josiane Keller “Larry and Starfish on the beach 3” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Larry and Starfish on the beach 4 - Larry's tattoo

Josiane Keller “Larry and Starfish on the beach 4 – Larry’s tattoo” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Larry and Starfish on the beach 5

Josiane Keller “Larry and Starfish on the beach 5” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Molly and Chiaki on the beach 4

Josiane Keller “Molly and Chiaki on the beach 4” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Molly, Chiaki, Larry and Starfish on the beach 4

Josiane Keller “Molly, Chiaki, Larry and Starfish on the beach 4” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Molly, Chiaki, Larry and Starfish on the beach 5

Josiane Keller “Molly, Chiaki, Larry and Starfish on the beach 5” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Molly, Chiaki, Larry and Starfish on the beach 6

Josiane Keller “Molly, Chiaki, Larry and Starfish on the beach 6” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Larry and Starfish on the beach 6

Josiane Keller “Larry and Starfish on the beach 6” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Chiaki on the beach

Josiane Keller “Chiaki on the beach” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Molly on the beach 4

Josiane Keller “Molly on the beach 4” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Molly, Chiaki, Larry and Starfish on the beach 7

Josiane Keller “Molly, Chiaki, Larry and Starfish on the beach 7” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Chiaki on the beach wearing Larry's hat

Josiane Keller “Chiaki on the beach wearing Larry’s hat” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Chiaki on the beach wearing Larry's hat 2

Josiane Keller “Chiaki on the beach wearing Larry’s hat 2” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Chiaki on the beach wearing Larry's hat 3

Josiane Keller “Chiaki on the beach wearing Larry’s hat 3” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Starfish on the beach 3

Josiane Keller “Starfish on the beach 3” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Molly, Chiaki, Larry and Starfish on the beach 8

Josiane Keller “Molly, Chiaki, Larry and Starfish on the beach 8” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Molly, Chiaki, Larry and Starfish on the beach 9

 Josiane Keller “Molly, Chiaki, Larry and Starfish on the beach 9” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Chiaki on the beach 2

Josiane Keller “Chiaki on the beach 2” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Larry and Starfish on the beach 4

Josiane Keller “Larry and Starfish on the beach 4” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Chiaki on the beach 3

Josiane Keller “Chiaki on the beach 3” (2017)

Josiane Keller - sailing boat

Josiane Keller “sailing boat” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Ferris wheel and roller coaster on the beach

Josiane Keller “Ferris wheel and roller coaster on the beach” (2017)

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ホテル Hotel – making new jeans for Molly

July 1, 2017

Molly fashion queen is getting a new summer outfit, particularly new jeans:

Josiane Keller - making new jeans for Molly

Josiane Keller “making new jeans for Molly” (2017)

Josiane Keller - making new jeans for Molly 2

Josiane Keller “making new jeans for Molly 2” (2017)

Josiane Keller - making new jeans for Molly 3

Josiane Keller “making new jeans for Molly 3” (2017)

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panther running at night – early screen test (2017)

June 29, 2017

Screen test ‘panther running at night’; to view please click: HERE

Josiane Keller - panther running at night

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ホテル Hotel – Surrogates – the slide show officially selected at Sydney Film Festival 2017

June 28, 2017

I posted this before, but now you can see it on their site (scroll down, we didn’t win  the top prices, but we’re in!):

http://sydneyworldfilmfestival.com/

Josiane Keller - ホテル Hotel -Surrogates - slide-show

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ホテル Hotel – not a black cat, rather a panther

June 26, 2017

It turns out, no matter how you want to look at it in reality this black cat is a black panther and that’s it.

I have no idea what it is doing here running around at night. Maybe it escaped from the zoo or something. Hopefully it’s hunting the tons of annoying chihuahua around, that pee all over the place, I wish!

But here it is:

Josiane Keller - panther at night

which looks like that in motion:

https://vimeo.com/223574410

compare with : Eadweard Muybridge, animal locomotion pictures, 1887:

Eadweard Muybridge - a cat running - 1887

Eadweard Muybridge  “a cat running” (1887)

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ホテル Hotel – Around the 50th Day /Starfish in the Museum – test clip melodrama (2017)

June 22, 2017

Test: a film clip from ホテル Hotel; Starfish is being ditched by his lover Molly for Elle; heartbroken and lonely he tries to distract himself in vain in the museum;
song: “Por una Cabeza” by Carlos Gardel /Alfredo Le Pera (1935)

to watch please click: HERE

Josiane Keller - Starfish in the museum 13

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ホテル Hotel – Uncle Karli brought everybody down and Starfish’s Herzschmerz in the museum

June 17, 2017

Since the stint with Uncle Karli something has definitely changed, although nobody wants to admit it, people are in a foul mood. The girls are afraid of being sold, and there is a lot of talk about that, because that is always the danger and around the hotel that is the history here, like it or not, better get used to it and plan and act accordingly. Chiaki advises everyone to get off it, but at the same time she is rather gloomy, also she had been considering to come along to the show in Chicago and then last minute didn’t, I guess partially she was worried something could happen to her, but partially she might have been too lazy to go on a trip, that too.

Apparently Chiaki pulled another modelling job for some new and upcoming magazine, so  that is a bit of light at the end of the tunnel.

Molly is so rare to be seen around, it’s a joke. She  busy with the show “Was wollen Sie von mir?”, and then there is a lot of murmuring about Elle, although nobody met her so far, Molly certainly has, because they are both in the show, and we saw her from a distance, maybe one day Molly will introduce us to her, and all that is not exactly best news for Starfish, who is eating himself up over it. The two, in the rare time they spend together, are mostly fighting like cats and dogs, Molly generally leaving frustrated, we can guess she is going to stay with Elle, and Starfish being fucking devastated. He is trying his best to find a way to deal with it, a few days ago he announced he is going to be a painter now, but I don’t know if anything more than the announcement came of it. He is not in a good shape and people try their hardest, as far as they can be bothered, to be supportive, but it seems nobody can reach him right now.

Josiane Keller - Starfish in the dinosaur room

Josiane Keller “Starfish in the dinosaur room” (2017)

It’s all not so brilliant days at the hotel right now hope things cheer up soon. So I took Starfish to the museum today, thinking it might distract him, but instead he elaborated on the transient nature of life, so it was not really having the effect I had hoped for.

Josiane Keller - Starfish in the African mammal room

Josiane Keller “Starfish in the African mammal room” (2017)

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ホテル Hotel – making a black cat… or something… a wabi-sabi cat

June 14, 2017

Next to showing the slide-show off I am working since a while on a black cat, or was it a black panther? No idea, it looks weird, also I made a mistake on the left front paw, somehow, or assembled the whole thing wrong. BUT it has some great shoulder-blades, and I did not waste my years in Kyoto for nothing (in fact I certainly did not waste anything there), so I trust, because I know, it looks best when it’s WABI SABI, so here is so far roughly assembled, my wabi-sabi cat:

Josiane Keller - black cat assembled 1

Josiane Keller “black cat assembled 1” (2017)

Josiane Keller - black cat assembled 2

Josiane Keller “black cat assembled 2” (2017)

Josiane Keller - black cat assembled 3

Josiane Keller “black cat assembled 3” (2017)

Still needs some ears, more tail and a few details, so even wabi-sabi, this is not the finished version.

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ホテル Hotel – TRAILER ready for the slide-show

June 14, 2017

Finally the TRAILER for the slide-show is ready (just when you THOUGHT you were done, turns out you were nowhere near done… that one…)

If you had no chance to see the slide-show yet, perhaps it will entice you to see that one, too, see the TRAILER HERE.

Josiane Keller - Laila's lips

Josiane Keller “Laila’s lips” (2017)

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Brief Interlude: images, lenses and ‘It doesn’t look like that!’

June 13, 2017

Since showing the slide-show has thrown me somehow back in discussion with the Animation crowd out there, I am once again confronted with the critique my film work is “too choppy, too blurry and the transition is not smooth enough.”

This is not due to lack of technical skill, because I was unable to do any better I had to settle for the next I can. I am making these decisions after a lengthy through process and intentionally, after I initially tried it the conventional way and the results did nowhere near satisfy me.

Growing up in continental Europe provided me with a constant availability of direct interaction with old art and craft, from anywhere up to 1000 years backwards from our time, it is anywhere and everywhere, integrated in daily contemporary life.
The advantage is: one has seen many things and can draw from that visual information.
The disadvantage is: one has seen many things and automatically draws from that visual information.
If one is used to a long heritage of visual language one is inclined to take things for granted, no matter if they apply, still apply or no longer apply in that form for various reasons. Because in some media I am working in now I am actually self-taught, like puppet making and photographing I tried to create decent puppets and images of them the way I “thought” they “should” look like, but then by critical self-assessment realized, they only looked like many other puppets and puppet-images, but they did not look anywhere near like people when we actually SEE them and that was and still is important to me.

I am since my first serious film project in 2013 “I anyways live until I die” put in front of the problem that I have trained as an artist for years and years and eventually started using cameras and other photographic lenses, that one assumes create a perfect reproduction of what is depicted by them and that seems to be also the objective (as opposed to other art, such as for example painting these days does not ask for that.)

But if you hold a photograph next to even a living person and if you really ask yourself “Does this look the same way as I see it?” you might (?) notice it simply DOES NOT.

The reason is:

A; the camera is generally not recording things by its own or by no will but the images taken by it are chosen by the photographer, whoever that is, and s/he has chosen a certain image to take that was matched by a visual memory s/he has accumulated by things s/he has seen before. Otherwise s/he would not be able to see the image in the first place, at least it must remember him/her of something s/he has seen before or s/he would overlook it.

B; the camera does not represent human vision  exactly, only so-so, and will only create images that look like what the camera ‘sees’, not what the human eye sees.

In terms of animated films for some reason currently the opposite applies compared to contemporary photography, where in the attempt to create very “real” images we have completely lost ground, in animation we avoid creating anything that looks “real”, or perhaps, in both media our ideas of how that is being done, creating a very “real” image by means of photography versus by means of animation are, although very different approaches, by my humble taste both not correct because “it* simply does not look like that”.

(*By “it” I mean “the world”, by “the world” I mean our “visual perception”; these may not be the same things after all.)

Most of the time we do not see everything centered, in focus, in bright light clearly distinguishable colours, we do not see every motion is a nice smooth wave; if we remember an action it may be in strobe or in loop or still stand. And so on.

But if it looks completely different from my own experience I cannot relate to the image or understand the emotion it may be supposed to communicate, which makes looking at these images an out-of-my-world experience, (that can be both interesting or not interesting.)

Besides, there seems to be a conventional pressure to stay within certain aesthetic rules no matter if they make any sense or not.

In puppetry that seems to be “it has to be FRUMPY”, in animation “it has to be cute”. WHY, other than because that is how it’s done? It makes no sense at all. How funny would it be if we made films with real live actors the way we make puppetry and animation, it would be incredibly silly, surreal (perhaps a good thing?!) and might remind of some form of extreme right-wing-political-propaganda material promoting a perfect innocent and always happy or safe world that has nothing to do with the complications of adult life and therefor as art media at best serves escapism, but does not help me at all dealing with a better perspective on life on earth.

Josiane Keller - Sebastiao's feet in the creek

Josiane Keller “Sebastiao’s feet in the creek” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Sebastiao's feet in the creek 2

Josiane Keller “Sebastiao’s feet in the creek 2” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Sebastiao bathing his feet in the creek

Josiane Keller “Sebastiao bathing his feet in the creek” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Sebastiao hiking

Josiane Keller “Sebastiao hiking” (2017)

I am still working on this question: how do things look like the way we SEE them, and am trying to express that in my work, constantly discovering new aspects of this question.

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ホテル Hotel – slide-show at Physical Festival Chicago SCRATCH NIGHT – the show and a review in PerformInk

June 7, 2017

… was fabulous and BIG FUN.

Some highlights in images from here to there and then there you can see here:

Josiane Keller - Physical Festival Chicago - Sequence A - flight

Josiane Keller “Physical Festival Chicago – Sequence A – flight” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Physical Festival Chicago - Sequence B - rehearsal screening with Liam Fitzgerald

Josiane Keller “Physical Festival Chicago – Sequence B – rehearsal screening with Liam Fitzgerald” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Physical Festival Chicago - Sequence C - dressing room at Stage 773

Josiane Keller “Physical Festival Chicago – Sequence C – dressing room scene at Stage 773 with Cam Porter, Aileen McGroddy, Isaac Samuelson and Janet Howe” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Physical Festival Chicago - Sequence D - Physical Festival Chicago at Stage 773

Josiane Keller “Physical Festival Chicago – Sequence D – Physical Festival Chicago at Stage 773” (2017)

Scratch Night performers were: Semi-Circus Company /“Murmurations”, Janet Howe /”This is for You”, Cam Poter /”The Tinder Lover”, Amalia Mathewson / “Procession”,  Aileen McGroddy and Isaac Samuelson /“Tobes & Sauce Go To The Moon” and finally ホテル Hotel – the slide show.

Sadly I had to come straight home after my show, but the festival is still going on all week long, more info here:

https://www.physicalfestival.com/scratch-night-1

Review PerformInk / Kyle Whalen:

  • “The evening closed with a slideshow of some of Josiane Keller’s ホテル Hotel, an ongoing project of stark, devastating photographs of clay sculpture-puppets, based on images from the 1970s and ‘80s. It was a quick tonal shift for Scratch Night, but Keller’s work is undeniably powerful. Viewing her explorations, as she puts it, of the difference between a 3-D sculpture and a 2-D image of a 3-D sculpture, was a valuable section of the night, and of the whole festival.”

International Physical Theater Festival Recap – Part 2

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ホテル Hotel – slide-show at Physical Festival Chicago SCRATCH NIGHT

June 1, 2017

Coming Monday if you are in Chicago you can see the slide-show again,

being featured at SCRATCH NIGHT ad the 4th Physical Festival in Chicago:

https://www.physicalfestival.com/scratch-night-1
Josiane Keller - ホテル Hotel - slide-show

Josiane Keller –  ホテル Hotel – slide-show (2017)

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ホテル Hotel – Day trip out

May 27, 2017

Day trip, taking depressed Starfish out, we’re taking snapshots with cell phones…

Josiane Keller - Starfish, Larry and Chiaki with skyline

Josiane Keller “Starfish, Larry and Chiaki with skyline” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Starfish, Larry and Chiaki with skyline 2

Josiane Keller “Starfish, Larry and Chiaki with skyline 2” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Larry and Chiaki with palm tree

Josiane Keller “Larry and Chiaki with palm tree” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Starfish, Larry and Chiaki with skyline 3

Josiane Keller “Starfish, Larry and Chiaki with skyline 3” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Chiaki with skyline and raised arms

Josiane Keller “Chiaki with skyline and raised arms” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Goebbels running on the street

Josiane Keller “Goebbels running on the street” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Goebbels running on the street 2

Josiane Keller “Goebbels running on the street 2” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Goebbels barking on the street

Josiane Keller “Goebbels barking on the street” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Goebbels barking on the street 3

Josiane Keller “Goebbels barking on the street 3” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Goebbels running on the street with buggy behind

Josiane Keller “Goebbels running on the street with buggy behind” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Chiaki with clock on the street

Josiane Keller “Chiaki with clock on the street” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Chiaki 58 with purple lipstick on Sunset

Josiane Keller “Chiaki 58 with purple lipstick on Sunset” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Chiaki on Sunset with yellow traffic light

Josiane Keller “Chiaki on Sunset with yellow traffic light” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Chiaki on Sunset looking back

Josiane Keller “Chiaki on Sunset looking back” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Chiaki on Sunset looking back 2

Josiane Keller “Chiaki on Sunset looking back 2” (2017)

Josiane Keller - $1 Larry on Sunset

Josiane Keller “$1 Larry on Sunset” (2017)

Josiane Keller - $1 Larry on Sunset 3

Josiane Keller “$1 Larry on Sunset 3” (2017)

Josiane Keller - $1 Larry on Sunset 4

Josiane Keller “$1 Larry on Sunset 4” (2017)

Josiane Keller - $1 Larry on Sunset 7

Josiane Keller “$1 Larry on Sunset 7” (2017)

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Brief Interlude: Review by Centre of Ceramic Art York – Rethink Ceramic

May 20, 2017

This morning started with a surprise review of by the Centre of Ceramic Art York – Rethink Ceramic, surprise, because it’s been quite a while ago that I was in touch with them, but Thank You very much for your interest! Definitely a great surprise!

If you wish to read more or even all about it click this link:

https://www.centreofceramicart.org.uk/rethink/artist-josiane-keller/?platform=hootsuite

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Mein erstes Märchenbuch

May 15, 2017

Carl Offterdinger - Das Tapfere Schneiderlein

Carl Offterdinger Mein erstes Märchenbuch / Das tapfere Schneiderlein (‘The Valiant Little Taylor’)”, 19th cent.