Snapchat is a music video for the wonderful band Andi Valandi & Band.
Music & Lyric: Andi Valandi
Director of photography & Editing: Omani Frei
Light: Jan Kosyk
03:28 min


Cranes, drawn with clear lines on paper, formed the starting point of this work.
.The focus was on the old Japanese Senbazuru legend and thus the number one thousand. But over time it became clear that each drawing represented its own strong individual. It was no longer about the one thousand drawn cranes as a large group, but about each individual crane. How similar were they? What characteristics did they have? Which groups could be formed?
I decided to have an algorithm programmed. This compared all the crane drawings with each other and created a first overview of possible similarities and differences. After that, more and more features were added: number of lines, the yellow tone of the paper, wingspan… and the number of enclosed areas, which led to their later name area crane. Slowly, more and more character traits were added. Thus, one crane appeared sluggish during prolonged observation, the next playful.
Over time, 1000 crane drawings became 1000 individual and precisely determined area cranes.
The collected knowledge will be published in a three-part identification book:
Volume 1 | Swarm behavior
Volume 2 | Names
Volume 3 | Identification book





As a small sensation it appears in the beginning, but soon the feeling is permanently present. The feeling to be constantly in search of something and never arriving. The restless search for the unknown destination, which brings you the long awaited inner peace. But how to reach a goal that has no name and eludes any concrete description.
Signposts from outside seem to be the solution. Easy to read and unambiguous, they appear everywhere in abundance. Not like your own, which are deeply hidden within yourself and often only show themselves in an encrypted form.
You only have to choose the right ones.
So it seems.

Animation/Installation (2D animation, hand drawn)
Film: Omani Frei
Sound: Omani Frei
Mastering: Jan Kosyk
05:30 min


An old Japanese legend says that whoever folds one thousend paper cranes will get a wish fulfilled by the gods.
If you unfold such a crane, a geometric pattern remains on the paper. In the Senbazuru II and Senbazuru III series, this pattern represents a folded crane.
Senbazuru II contains one thousand such geometric patterns drawn with ink on nine sheets of cardboard. The Paper is extremely sensitive to light and without certain protective measures, the sheets yellow more and more over time and the drawings disappear.
For Senbazuru III 370 such crane patterns were silkscreened onto paper and divided into 4 small series.


„Lepidoptera“ is the scientific denomination of butterflies. Since antiquity the butterfly serves as a picture of the soul. In Ancient Greek it even bears the same name „ψυχή“. The title of the animation short film by Omani Frei thus suggests an analysis of the soul. And indeed, it begins like an experimental arrangement with a single female figure in the middle of an undefined space without background. […]
An excerpt from the text „Soul“ by Dr. Alexander Wiehart .

Animation (hand drawn on paper)
Film: Omani Frei
Sound: Jonas Holfeld
5:18 min

Blue Velvet

The installation „Blue Velvet“ was created in collaboration with the Düsseldorf based artist Klara Virnich (vocals) as part of an exchange project of the Stiftung Kleine Kunstdialog West/Ost.