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During my recent residency at Tokyo Wondersite I explored vanitas and still-life in Japanese art and story. The stop-motion animation that I created is loosely based on one of the founding myths of Japan: the story of Izanami and Izanagi from the Kojiki. My work also took inspiration from Kabuki theatre and the practice of Ikebana. . I have used the shape of the narrative from the origin myth to choreograph the movement of the animated objects. Izanami and Izanagi are deities that created the eight islands of Japan. The sound is created by Yokohoma based artist Nao Nishihara. This project was made possible thanks to a residency at Tokyo Wondersite in Japan and the Conseil des Arts et des Lettres de Quebec.
Sound by: Nao Nishihara

  • Elisabeth Belliveau
  • Nao Nishihara
    Key Cast
    Sound Design
  • Project Type:
    Animation, Experimental, Short
  • Runtime:
    5 minutes 42 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    June 1, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    100 USD
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    English, Japanese
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Director Biography - Elisabeth Belliveau

Short bio:
B. Antigonish Nova Scotia 1979
Belliveau is a Montreal based Interdisciplinary artist and published author of four graphic novels. Her work has been screened and exhibited internationally. She has attended residencies including Banff Centre, Women’s Studio Workshop NY and the National Film Board of Canada among others. Belliveau completed a BFA at Alberta College of Art and Design and an MFA at Concordia University in Montréal. She was the 2015 recipient of the Federation Wallonie Bruxelles and Conseil des Arts et des Lettres Quebec studio residency in Belgium. She was recently awarded the CALQ studio residency for Tokyo Wondersite in Japan for 2017.


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Director Statement

My interdisciplinary practice braids stories, history and everyday life, employing intuition, curiosity and material exploration.
Founded in creative writing practice, my work employs stop-motion animation, sculpture and drawing strategies to explore the relationship between biography and place. Through observation, recording and collecting, narrative fragments are distilled. I explore interdisciplinary practice, exhibition strategies for video projection and approaches to storytelling- weaving text, sound and time.