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Solfège Souche

A Solfège Souche is by definition the root of a forgotten connection with nature.

In times of rapidly increased use of technology, humans face increased stimulation and variables on age old questions in ethics and morality.

In an effort to portray a dynamic relationship with nature, instead of dominance over nature, the Butoh movements recreate ways lifeforms cut down in the forest continually find ways to reach towards light. 

This space framed in the video presents a body moving amongst an autumnal forest, merging and emerging from light and shadows. The body draws lines through movement; binaural beats compose the soundtrack. The pitches register at markers in time, reminiscent of ear trauma or tinnitus.

The Solfège Souche video is situated at the intersection of dance, performance, video art, projection, research and study. The artistic research and pedagogical development asks the questions: Are our cultural and bodily movements dangerous if we do not understand what we stand to lose? In what ways do sounds move and change forms from within the body and around? 

Ut queant laxīs resonāre fībrīs; Mīra gestōrum famulī tuōrum; Solve pollūtī labiī reātum, Sancte Iōhannēs.

The term, Solfège, refers to the music education method developed to teach sight-singing and pitch accuracy. Originating in 11th century, music theorist Guido of Arezzo assigned six syllables: ut, re, mi, fa, sol, la, now recognized as the major scale. Much later, the "ut" was changed to the open syllable "do". "Sol" changed to "so". "Si" later became "ti", was added for the seventh scale-note, giving rise to the modern solfège. Souche has several meanings; as a stump (of a tree), the Latin word meaning root, simultaneously referring to genealogy. Souche was also a name of an unknown virus claiming the lives of at least twenty people  (une souche virale inédite a fait au minimum vingt morts).

The changes and understandings in musical notation, are related to posture and movement. These bodily performances considered intuitive or based on vision, relating Gregorian and Orthodox histories with traditions found in native and pagan rites of passage. Therefore the things themselves, present and projected become the shared ground. The next record in this artistic research is the Afjordance video projection and data based, algorithmic generated sounds based on the term Affordance. 

Affordance is what the environment offers the individual, and refers to all action possibilities depending on users’ physical capabilities. For example, a chair not only “affords” being “sat on,” but also “thrown,” “stood on,” and so on. James J. Gibson, coined the term "affordance."

  • Rachel Wolfe
    Director
    Director, producer, choreographer, performance, cinematography, editing
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Solfège Souche
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Short, Other
  • Genres:
    art, contemporary, dance, video
  • Runtime:
    4 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    November 6, 2018
  • Production Budget:
    0 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Norway
  • Country of Filming:
    Norway
  • Shooting Format:
    digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    No
  • WAV Film Festival
    Venice
    Italy
    February 7, 2019
    European Premier
    Official Selection
  • Czong Institute for Contemporary Art (CICA)
    Gyeonggi-do
    Korea, Democratic People's Republic of
    July 16, 2019
    South Korean Premier
    Official Selection
  • Dumbo Film Festival
    Brooklyn
    United States
    May 14, 2020
    Bi-Monthly
    Semi-Finalist
  • New York Tri-State Film Festival
    New York
    United States
  • Beyond The Curve Film Festival
    Paris
    France
    Finalist in Best Experimental Film Category
  • LoosenArt
    Rome
    Italy
Director Biography - Rachel Wolfe

Rachel Wolfe is a synesthetic, project-based artist working with images, installations, and performance.

Born and raised in the Midwestern United States, Rachel pursued philosophy, writing, dance, piano, and singing before studying interior architecture and advertising communications. She went onto study and work with photography and studied social psychology in Matsuyama, Japan. After completing an MFA in L.A., Rachel moved to Norway continuing art and photography with public events and exhibitions, taking up short films, artistic research, and learning methods while studying human behavior, traditions in Japanese dance and book making. She was artist in residence in Oslo (Norway), Trélex (Switzerland), Kjerringøy Land Art (Norway). Albumen Gallery (London) and The Print Atelier (Montréal) represent several of her photographic series.

Seeing the body as the generative force in cognition, her works look at ways places make people and materiality of images. She exhibits and works internationally on private, commercial, and consulting projects. Her award-winning work is held in private and public collections, including 1st place by the jury for the monolithic image and text, Omniscient, in the Imaging New Eurasia exhibition in Gwangju (South Korea).

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