Saturday, 29 November 2008
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Thursday, 27 November 2008
Wednesday, 26 November 2008
Tuesday, 25 November 2008
The moon shines in my body, but my blind eyes cannot see it:
So long as man clamours for the “I” and the “Mine”, his works are as naught: When all love of the “I” and the “Mine” is dead,
For work has no other aim than the getting of knowledge:
The flower blooms for the fruit: when the fruit comes, the flower withers.
From: Songs Of Kabir
Translated by Sir Rabindranath Tagore
Monday, 24 November 2008
Directed by Masayoshi Nakamura, White Birds (for Sarah Fimm) is a dreamy piece with a white bird flying across layered clouds and waves. Partially seen in silhouette, simplicity has it virtues when it comes to something as smooth as this. It fits the gorgeous song perfectly. Sarah's music is new to me. She has a most appealing voice and the folksy number is destined for my iPod. The music video was produced for New York's Newspeak. Born in Nishinomiya, Japan, Masayoshi is now domiciled in the USA. His website has other stylish illustrations and animations. Alternate viewing via Reel Exchange.
The award-winning films for AURORA 2008 were announced at the awards presentation on Sunday 16 November. Three cash awards and one special mention were made by the competition jury, as follows:
Best Music Video: Flesh Unitard in P*E*A*C*E* by Jessie Stead (USA)
Best Film: the object which thinks us: OBJECT 1 by Samantha Rebello (UK)
Dick Arnall Award, for rogue vision in the manipulated moving image
Infection Transmission Event / Cloudy November by Paul Abbott (UK)
Special Mention: Origin of the Species by Ben Rivers (UK)
Further details, including the jury's citations, can be found here.
AURORA Edition 2 and book now available
The new AURORA DVD, Edition 2, and this year's sumptuous book, AURORA 2008: The Infinite Measure, are now available to buy from the AURORA shop online. The DVD (£15) features ten of the best new artists' films from across the world, taken from the selection for this year's festival (including the winner of Best Film, the object which thinks us: OBJECT 1), whilst the book (£10) includes exclusive writing by Robert Beavers, Mark Webber, Henriette Huldisch, Iain Sinclair, Chris Petit and others - as well as colour plates and full film notes. Available from the online shop (and check back for more DVDs and books - available soon).
Sunday, 23 November 2008
The Sunday Classic
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Saturday, 15 November 2008
With a cosmopolitan background of higher education in Florence, Minneapolis and Paris, and currently working in the animation and film industry in the French capital Lisa Paclet produces innovative work. Take Ghost Dancing, an accidental animation, so-called, in which two dresses hanging outside the apartment doors sway in the breeze or Shoe Army in similar vein albeit these are her rather fashionable shoes extracted from the wardrobe in November of last year, photographed, music added and synchronised from slim and shapely to bold and chunky, light and lemon to gloss black. Here she encapsulates a life, formal and play. It really works this idea so much so that am I thinking of nicking it and emptying out the wardrobe. Sadly my colour balance would be two-tone and altogether more chunk than chic. I guess Lisa completed the work in bare feet. She wastes little. Wrapped chocolate fish form the artfully composed and orchestrated Fish. Moving away from her camera Lisa's Dinosaurs discloses the courtship rituals of the prehistoric beasts whilst at New York's Chelsea Hotel Lisa and her friends construct a piece of art that itself becomes the art. Fascinating and a nicely understated interface for her website.
Friday, 14 November 2008
Thursday, 13 November 2008
Animation takes all forms, many of which are represented here in the blog. New Yorker Jeff Scher paints in watercolour and these paintings are sequenced together as movies. He has an eye for detail or nuances of life whether it be the behaviour of dogs or man. Though he also does live action work, somewhat rarely for the industry nowadays he uses hand drawn rotoscoping, cel by cel to achieve his effect, a technique first devised by Max Fleischer in the early part of the last century. Dog Days is an attractive example with the heat of the day reflected in the hot colours of pink, orange and yellow. The dogs pant a lot. A warm treatment of his subject then in terms of affection and clearly a dog lover. All the Wrong Reasons (or, via YouTube) is a dreamlike excursion through the flickering memories and fears of the day - a circus, wedding, fierce dog. His sharp eyes are at work again, sifting through the detritus of the day, beautifully capturing the moments of beauty or fear that whirl about in our subconscious. He used almost 3,000 paintings and collages here, the constantly changing colours inducing a dream-like state, with the music of Shay Lynch stitching the piece together. Jeff's website, Fez Films, has his paintings for sale - the dog's on show at $500 or so! His work is showcased in Animated Life, a series for the New York Times. He accompanies his animations with philosophical or poetic commentary that sets the scene well for the moving material. His writing, as with his animation, is idiosyncratic, viz: "I shot this film with a Beaulieu wind-up 16 mm. movie camera from the ’60s and film stock that was at least ten years out of date. The film was shot on a balcony with an awning while my wife napped in the next room with one of our boys. They slept so deeply that even the thunder did not wake them" - the sequenced live action short and very soothing ‘While You Were Sleeping’. If you are in need of further Inspiration follow the link.