FHK Productions : the current CREATION Like an octopus by its own ink erased a hybrid performative work Composed of a corpus of choreographic, CINEMATIC, musical, plastic and virtual events
/INTER-ARTS /trompe-l'oeil /metamorphosis
Like an Octopus by its Own Ink Erased is a TRIPTYCH. Three independent and interdependent forms They can be seen individually as: Form 1- Choreographic performance piece Form 2- Cinematic work Form 3- Inter-arts deployment When viewed together they comprise one creation, multi- layered and intertwined.
SYNOPSIS An old mother losing her memory gets her back tattooed with a Māori motif. What seemed to have no meaning for her divided sons will reveal after her death a deeper quest for unity. After scattering her ashes into the sea, in exchange, the brothers will catch a vulnerable creature - once mythical, tangled up in plastic: an Octopus.
As a coming-of-age odyssey, the tale embraces Māori and Celtic references enriching the journey with different layers of symbolism and perceptions.
If our central story deals with a topic that is close to people’s heart and concerns- memory loss and the impact on the families involved, suspended time and abstraction introduce a raw visual poetry to the parallel realities of the drama: the loss of our World Ocean.
The Octopus shape-shifting faculty and confusing metamorphoses are inherent in the spirit of our research and creation. « Like an Octopus by its Own Ink Erased » exists in the universe of dreams. Its Odyssey is told without and outside the bounds of the same space-time reality.
Drawings 1&3 by France Hervé
"Te Wheke is the Octopus, a symbol from Ancient Hawaiiki, that illustrates the interdependence of all things across the universe". Rose Pere
Why the Octopus? The Octopus has organs, but no skeleton. It has an inconceivable form of intelligence without bone structure, governing in the depths of the oceans as well as looming within troubled, unfathomable places of our imagination ... Our myths have made them monsters.
The creature escapes the temptation of definitive outline. Supple, without rigidity, the octopus can enter tiny openings that were at first sight not made for her. Impossibility becomes a landscape of expression. As a huntress, she imitates “conformity” to perfection, recognising and transforming herself into the shapes, geometric figures, movements, pace, and colours of her environment. She knows how to evolve in this « in between world", to play lavishly with identifiable complex forms, while we, through our education, associate the unknown with chaos. The universe of straight lines that our organized society has made us familiar with, essential to our equilibrium ( our "vision" of things ), the Octopus makes dispensable.
Meanwhile, the Octopus produces ink to protect herself. As soon as she foresees the danger of being recognized, she expels the ink and disappears. Her pursuer sees only fire ... Rushing head first into the dark formlessness, committing itself entirely to volutes.
GENESIS The origin of this project stems from my meeting with Luc Chopplet - Visual Artist, who was my Drawing & Painting teacher at Terre & Feu Fine Arts School in Paris. In his teaching, rich and subtle, he had allowed me to read his Fine Arts Dissertations des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, also a graduate from the National School of Fine Arts- Les Beaux Arts, Paris. At the sight of its haiku-title "Comme une Pieuvre que son encre même efface" ("Like an Octopus by Its Own Ink Erased"), the potential of a performative work had appeared to me. I am grateful to him for allowing me to draw on this title the inspiration of this hybrid artistic project.
"The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever." – Jacques Yves Cousteau. Not convinced, click on pictures