Charis Boon - Visual Artist & filmaker
Essex-based film maker, visual artist and projectionist Charis Boon, joins us this Saturday 10th March, for our International Women' day special event. She will be providing the backdrop and visual stimulation to accompany the beats in the basement of what will be our 15th Fèmmme Fraîche party at our East London home of Dalston Superstore . Projected on the Dark corners of the dancefloor, Charis' visuals promise to create an immersive, hypnotic, interactive presence, which will intertwine with the pulsating rhythms and the impetuous dancers, unwittingly cutting their shapes in time with the beats. We caught up with Charis for a quick Q&A before Saturdays show.
Hey Charis, we’re super excited to have you as our first visual artist for Femmme Fraiche. So tell us a little about your work and creative background
Thank youuuu. It’s so good to be part of such a great night. So I make abstract visuals and sometimes they are projected at performances, installations and events. I was in uni and decided I wanted to use film for social change. When I was experimenting with my camera and loved how light, shadows, colour, perspective and movement could be captured. I was getting into meditation at the time and wanted to create a soothing effect that eases your focus. I met different creatives who took a chance on me to project. I'll be creating visuals for my biggest project in Gdansk Opera House in Poland next year for a piece by the wonderful Performance Artist / Maker Amelia Emma Forrest. The premiere is set for August 24th, 2018.
Incredible stuff! So where do you source the content for what you capture? And what inspires you to capture something to use? Are your sources organic or will you go about creating something specifically?
I like to capture moments in everyday life. Initially I just came across things but now I source objects or build little sets. I love capturing ethereal forces like water ripples. Now I create to a specific vision or designs mixed with what I come across
You talk about each piece changing conceptually and having different themes to your work, does this change with your own mood and experiences, or is this reflective on your audience and what you want them to experience from the pieces?
It's a bit of both. I go for smooth transitions and how I feel when I edit. Otherwise that changes depending on the audience, what the performance is about or what collaborators envision.
So what do you have in store for us on Saturday?
I've put together a few of my films from different projects so it's going to be a range of colours and imagery. Trippy & abstract. The projection is going to be reflected into a mirror onto a curved wall, I've never done before so that'll be awesome
Apart from Gdansk Opera House, where else can we see your work?
My instagram will be the best place as I'm going to start posting everything through there soon or on my website www.charisboon.co.uk/