Julianna Thomas || Black & White In Color

Julianna Thomas says : “One of my biggest pet peeves in art is the lazily-desaturated DSLR video. “Black & White In Color” is my personal response to treating black and white as an editing afterthought.

This short video is the culmination of a year and a half of experimentation with black and white textures. Please note: in some instances, color is unavoidable — dark purples, greens, and blues separate out of black dye within a few minutes.

“Black & White In Color” is the first in a pair of videos that contrast black and white with color, minimalism with maximalism. The paired video is tentatively named “Oversaturated.”

Hand-lettered titles by North Carolina calligrapher Dara Linn. Many thanks to the Triangle Calligraphers Guild.

Black hair: Derek Torres
White hair: Laura Campbell

Song excerpt: freemusicarchive.org/music/johnny_ripper/epilogue/08_sonder

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Universal Everything || Sydney Opera House / Living Mural

A global animation project by Universal Everything, collaborating with over 20 different animation studios worldwide to create a living mural on one of the world’s most iconic buildings.

Embracing emerging technologies, Universal Everything’s process always starts from drawing. The hand drawn techniques seen in this film are akin to the early pioneers of animation Len Lye, Norman McLaren and Walt Disney.

Using these timeless techniques mean this film could have been existed in 1920, albeit with a 21st century twist – bringing our influences of global pop culture, modernist graphics and physics simulations into a playful exploration of this iconic building.

Creative Director: Matt Pyke
Animation Director: Chris Perry
Sound Designer: Simon Pyke / Freefarm – freefarm.co.uk
Producer: Greg Povey
On-Site Producer: Mic Gruchy – grup.tv

Commissioned by Sydney Opera House for VIVID 2015

Animation Sequences:

01, Block: Universal Everything –
02, Burst: Patch d. Keyes – patchdkeyes.co.uk/
03, Fill: Drew Tyndell – drewtyndell.com/
04, Chase: Tymote – tymote.jp/
05, Multiply: Nicolas Ménard – nicolasmenard.com/
06, Climb: Parallel Teeth – parallelteeth.com/
07, Rise: KClogg – kclogg.tumblr.com/
08, Twist: Matt Scharenboich – mattscharenbroich.com/
09, Wind: Váscolo – vascolo.com.ar/
10, Swarm: Universal Everything
11, Calm: Zutto – zuttoworld.com/
12, Float: Cindy Suen – cindysuen.tumblr.com/
13, Power: Masanobu Hiraoka – vimeo.com/user6065152
14, Slide: Ori Toor – oritoor.com/
15, Spin: Ori Toor
16, Wave: Váscolo
17, Construct: DXMIQ – dxmiq.com/
18, Growth: DXMIQ
19, Flow: Ruff Mercy – ruffmercy.com/
20, Scatter: Caleb Wood – vimeo.com/calebwood
21, Shrink: Bee Grandinetti – behance.net/grandinetti
22, Noise: Takcom – takafumitsuchiya.com/
23, Attack: MixCode – mixcode.tv
24, Boom: nöbl – nobl.tv
25, Bounce: Matt Abbiss – abbiss.co/
26, Ricochet: Matt Frodsham – mattfrodsham.com/
27, Splash: Guille Comin – guillermocomin.com/
28, Bang: Universal Everything
29, Embrace: Matt Frodsham
30, Melt: Caleb Wood
31, Stripe: Matt Abbiss

 

Liquid Light Lab & Steve Pavlovsky || A Brief History of Analog Light Shows

 

 

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Electric Circus

 

Technique et style de performance visuelle analogue ayant débuté vers la fin des années, les “Liquid light shows” ont surtout fait patients de la scène de musique progressive des années 70s. Plutôt rare de nos jours, mais encore utilisée dans certaines écoles / universités comme technique de base pour de l’animation expérimentale, elle vaut la peine que l’on lui consacre un peu plus d’intérêts, spécialement de la part des artistes vidéastes et VJ qui performent dans des lieux immersifs comme la SATOsphère de la SAT.

Voici donc une excellente collection de liens par Liquid Light Lab / Steve Pavlovsky qui retrace l’histoire de ce “mouvement de premiers VJs analogues immersifs”

A Brief History of Analog Light Shows
partie 1
partie 2

 

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Leigh Sachwitz & Andi Toma || INSIDEOUT

Leigh Sachwitz (flora&faunavisions) shows her newest 360° multimedia installation INSIDEOUT: The house as our sanctuary, a safe haven to hide from nature’s forces. Leigh Sachwitz invites you to experience the rain drumming hard on the roof, watching through the window seeing dark clouds stacking up in the night sky. As the protecting walls disappear into the moonlight and the thunderstorm reaches its climax we feel naked – but purified by the light.

The sound design was created by the award-winning composer, musician and producer Andi Toma, who is one of the founding members of the breakthrough electronic music collaboration Mouse on Mars.

INSIDEOUT
Artist concept & Creation: Leigh Sachwitz
Motion Designer: Achilleas Gatsopoulos
Motion Designer: Fabian Tschöpl
Sound Designer: Andi Toma (Mouse on Mars)
Production Manager: Sanna Müller
Technical Director: Andreas Schwarzburger
Video Documentation: Miguel Martinez

 

Drew Tyndell || Loops

J’adore regarder les boucles animées de Drew Tyndell. La combinaison de formes géométriques et organiques, les palettes de couleurs riches et variées, et la trace du crayon et du pinceau me séduisent à coup sûr. Mention spéciale pour la trame sonore de ses loops, souvent ludique, qui complète bien les courtes oeuvres. Je vous partage ici quelques unes de ses loops que j’aime particulièrement, consultez sa page vimeo pour en découvrir d’autres.



Cy Kuckenbaker || 20 Minutes of Kite Flying Time Collapsed: San Diego Study #6

The San Diego Studies is a series of short videos that collapse time to reveal otherwise unobservable rhythms and movement in the city. There are no CG elements, these are all real kites that have been separated from their original shots and compiled together.

The rest of the San Diego Studies videos and other cool projects can be found here : http://cysfilm.com/

30000FPS || GIF LOOPS

 

Le tumblr 30000fps.com est un incontournable pour ceux qui aiment les images graphiques animées en boucles. J’aime particulièrement ceux qui ont une facture “VHS” mais on y trouve aussi du minimaliste géométrique, des paysages de science-fiction et des écrans cathodiques qui n’ont pas dit leur dernier mot. L’entête du site est aussi une véritable mine d’or de liens qui semblent inspirer l’artiste : vidéos, musique, articles Wikipédia, applications. Prévoyez vous quelques heures pour passer à travers ce matériel extraordinaire !

J’ai posé quelques questions à l’artiste derrière ces oeuvres. Voici ses réponses (en anglais):

What is your background ?

I grew up in the 80s in California, so I’m a mainly a product of dust, sunlight, and endless VHS and cassette overdubs. My grandfather who was an engineer at Xerox, RCA and the Navy introduced me to computers at an early age and taught me to write programs on a Commodore 64. I also studied architecture and painting at one point.

What inspires you ?

Space, light, optical illusions, human perception. Cycles in nature. Patterns. Noise. Music.

This: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timeline_of_the_far_future

What do you like in the gif format ?

Seamless looping is maybe the most important aspect, which for some reason most modern video formats still can’t do properly. I also enjoy the simplicity of making GIF animations due to the built in restrictions – limited color palette, graininess, size restrictions, etc. So from the very beginning you have to approach it differently than other formats that don’t come with these limitations.

To keep the file sizes low I can’t use too many frames, so it’s always a challenge to work with these very small segments of time – one or two second loops – and try to hold the viewer’s attention for longer than that.

Honestly, the GIF is an imperfect format but seeing it make a comeback during a time that more and more seeks technological perfection has been interesting. It’s the zombie format.

I’m also drawn to the concept of hauntology, or to quote Boards of Canada “the past inside the present.”

D_FUSE || Tektõn – Live

Tektõn live presents extracts of the various Tektõn works as a realtime experience, the live Audio-Visual performances are presented on two layers of screens: one transparent gauze hang in front of the performers with a solid projection screen at the back. Images echo through the gauze to create a mesmerising 3D experience. Tektõn has been performed in the USA, Iceland, Brazil and Europe.

Tektõn is inspired by the constructivist designs of Vladimir Tatlin, and László Moholy-Nagy’s Light Space Modulator, physical or mechanical rules are used as creative constraints in a moving architecture of light. Each set of constraints give way to the production of a different tool, resulting in emergent behaviours and forms. The traces of light organise themselves in the tension between noise and pattern.