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frankiezafe is a pseudo i use for my online presence.
It appeared in the the early 00's .
I kept it because my family name is generally hard to spell in english  (the 'j' & the 'g') and difficult to pronounce by non-french speakers.
And also because i like it.

François Zajéga

Born in 1979
Lives & works in brussels
frankie[a]frankiezafe.org

This is the "official" section of my website, by opposition to the lab.
The purpose of this section is to present my work in a short and non-technical way, sorted by common categories in visual art, such as "digital" or "paper".
If you dig a bit lower, you'll understand that i don't care about these convenient categorisation of art. See "about" for more details.

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About the design of this section.
Thanks to Carsten Nicolai for his inspiring "Grid index"!
Read more about this here

Tanukis is an investigation of the possibility of an emotive relationship between a human and a virtual avatar.
Tanukis being polymorph gentle spirits[*], it's natural for the whole project to be have many possible presentation "forms".

Three main forms have arose since the beginning of the reflexion:
[1] performance (the latest by date), [2] installation and [3] art game.

skin regression [performance]
lines begin [performance]
other lines grow [performance]
broad gestures [performance]
closeup on avatar with texture #1
closeup on avatar with texture #2
closeup on avatar with texture #3
closeup on avatar with texture #4
user/avatar danse preview
avatar deformation test #1
avatar deformation test #2
avatar deformation test #3

performance

13, 14 & 15/02/2014 - Started as a way to work on a bigger scale projet, the performances we play with Loïc are eventually a simple and very poetic form of the project.
Complete performance #1.3 [video] @ Espace Pasolini, Lille.

11/01/2014 - Gare Saint-Sauveur, Lille. Party was organised by Electronique Bazaar.
Complete performance #1.2 [video]

07/01/2014 - Residence at Greylight projects in brussels - details

14/10/2013 - Last by date but first to be showable, the performance form appeared during the residence at espace Pasolini. Loïc Reboursière and I worked for one week on the movements/shapes and musical identity of the tanukis' world.
Complete performance #1.1 [video]

"Flottaison en cave obscure: Voici quelques images prises à l'arrache - via un téléphone pas vraiment fait pour ça - du filage de Tanukis, projet ici présenté sous sa forme performative par François Zajéga et Loic Reboursiere. En 30 minutes, une forme de vie (un Tanuki: dans la mythologie japonaise, l'un des yōkai - esprits - de la forêt, ressemblant au raton laveur, auquel les japonais attribuent des pouvoirs magiques. Maître des déguisements, il est réputé pouvoir changer de forme à volonté.) se crée devant les yeux du spectateur, fait ses premiers mouvements, parfois posés, parfois chaotiques, s'apaise, vibre et explose, abandonne sa surface de très belle manière pour laisser place à un ballet de filaments organiques, sans connaître un quelconque moment d'écorchement. Le Tanuki repart au final vers le néant… mais il reviendra, ils reviendront, soyons-en certain. Musique et images (organiques) dialoguent, en état osmose, d'homéostasie, pour parfois se tourner le dos un instant, un instant seulement, avant de hurler de concert. Tout cela dans l'étonnant lieu qu'est le Greylight Projects. Intense, surprenant, ça fait du bien."
Gauthier Keyaerts - 10/01/2014

installation

Fully immersive experience + aptic feedback - in progress.

art game

Emotion simulation by personnality breeding - in progress.

credits

and many others to come...

[*]Tanuki, ou tanukibayashi, désigne, dans la mythologie japonaise, des esprits facétieux ressemblant à des blaireaux et ayant la capacité de changer de forme à volonté.
Yôkai, Dictionnaire des monstres japonais, Shigeru Mizuki, Pika Edition, 2008