When we think about travel, we tend to think of a collection of little moments which remind of us of where we have been and what we have seen. We take this collection and create an idea of place, shadowed by distance and ambiguity, dependent on memory to sustain our impressions. But perhaps there are ways of capturing snippets of time, like the way that a sea shell collection or an old train ticket do. Clara Molloy, founder of Cinehaiku has found one unique way to seize and exhibit these little moments.
Cinehaiku is a celebration of the art of Japanese poetry, the haiku, which some consider to be the highest form of interpretation, presented through the lens of a camera through an audiovisual experience. Molloy describes this collaboration as an exercise in the link between poetry and image. This exercise provides filmmakers the opportunity to communicate a story through the lens of a haiku in just under thirty seconds, a challenge to hone in on only the most visually descriptive moments. Like a haiku, these films are to be made up of three separate lines of thought, each under ten seconds, combining narrative and technology to evoke some kind of catharsis. Perhaps the most interesting element of Cinehaiku for us at Kilometre is the ability to subtly transport the reader to a new place, rich with wondrous imagery, in the same way that our brand tries to achieve wonder and curiosity through our clothing.
Cinehaiku’s annual festival showcases a selected collection of these shorts in the ancient town of Gordes in the Luberon region of Southern France from now until the 17th of June 2018. The festival is held inside the castle of Gordes, allowing visitors from all over to experience these moments of visual poetry during the early summer months. This year the festival is hosted by Carine Soyer, editor-in-chief of art magazine Profane. The exhibition will showcase works of global contemporary artists such as Louis Cyprien Rials, photographer, videographer and traveler whose work focuses on capturing the landscape of countries like Kazakhstan, Iraq or Armenia and whom recently won the Sam Art Projects Award (2018, Paris). Global artists all the way from New York to Ecuador and Italy are represented at the exhibition. Cinehaiku Festival is an exciting place for globe trotters, visual curators, artists and everyone in between to gather and rediscover cinema as poetry while taking in the beauty of Gordes. From the impressive castle which crowns the village to the vast lush landscapes and olive trees, summer is the perfect occasion to dive into the South of France and bask in art, culture and a shared global curiosity.
KILOMETRE’S LITTLE HAIKUS
A CRISP SUMMER BREEZE
LIKE THE WAY DUSK TOUCHES A LEAF
I HEAR THE SOUND OF WATER
ROADS CARVED OUT LIKE A GAP IN THE CLOUDS
THE SUN PEEKS THROUGH
AND LETS OUT A SIGH
A SECRET GARDEN AWAITS
ON WHITE KHADI LINEN
IT SMELLS LIKE HOME
SHE TRACES NOSTALGIC HUES OF BLUE AND GOLD
ALL ACROSS THE MAP SHE GOES
DRIFTING ONCE AGAIN