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Wednesday, 13 June 2012

Boris Labbé "Kyrielle" (2011)

Boris Labbé's  Kyrielle was very well received at Annecy this year winning the Special Jury Award. I concede it is a clever piece of work, consisting of some 285 watercolour drawings, worked on in 2D on a computer. The sparse screen is soon teeming with a myriad figures each greeting each other, cartwheeling, stretching, leapfrogging.... At over ten minutes in length it is possible to fix on one figure and watch the various actions and metamorphoses. I read vicarious explanations on Vimeo without conviction. I was too busy working out how many layers it had taken to create the piece, or whether or not Flash was used to simplify compositing. Ten minutes at Annecy on the big screen with an enthusiastic, knowledgeable audience whooping it up might make the ten minutes pass more quickly. Post holiday blues meant that I contracted my viewing into about half that time. Boris studied at L'Ecole des Métiers du Cinéma d’Animation. I wonder what L.S. Lowry might have done had he the use of a computer. Use less colour I suspect.

1 comment:

Kimberley said...

This is incredible!! Really creative quite trippy as well. Amazing!