Category Archives: animation

Are going to the party?

Whenever i choose to go out in public with friends (mostly just to keep myself from becoming a goblin) i always end up having a great time because of them. However, the whole process of meeting people that will probably never share anything besides a few blurred sentences; dressing a certain way to complement the caged arena; head-bobbing/bouncing to a song that loops the off-key voice of a lady that may/may not be under the spell of an auto-tune; all the while im trying to consume as much alcohol as possible to ease awkward eye-contact sequences with my bartender…yeaa, that process just doesn’t appeal to me.
Lindsay Scoggins has actually simplified this whole process through a range of edited/juxtaposed mammals in her video “party animals”; which serves as the promo for the contemporary art show curated by her as well. This girl is a pro at beat-editing, and quite the master of contemporary satirical content. Check out her YouTube channel if you haven’t done so already.

***Also, many thanxs to Jay for introducing me to the term “goblin”; which i will shamelessly abuse in future posts***

delicate intensities


There is no way colors can communicate like the rise/fall of a line. The intuitive placement of a single line (this can be applied to handwriting as well) can open up a pandoras box of expression. Unlike color, which one can manipulate in shades/tint if mixed properly, lines have a very ‘unforgiven’ way of stating truth and purpose. For instance, they have a way of expressing movement that a detailed photograph bathed in strong contrasts wouldn’t be able to achieve. Lines evoke change and strength, yet have the delicacy to remain unobtrusive.

Lines are life in movement, and often the founding structure of color. At times, some of us tend to believe in color and completely dismiss lines when interpreting intentions. Simply because our eyes can discern and associate certain moods and feelings with a generic/basic knowledge of color theory. If we tried to explain or even rely on the intensity of lines to evoke/communicate a purpose, we’d have to take the time to study its roots; the guts and the worlds within us; everything that we cannot see that marks the intensity and shapes the course of a line.

I stumbled upon Ror-shak a couple of years ago when myspace wasn’t yet a hooker site. Immediately, i fell in love with the visual sounds and structured story lines in their music, so i bought the CD through their paypal store at the time. It is one of the few CD’s i keep in its original case, simply because the case itself is a linear relic. Im not particularly into bold symbolic gestures like skulls and graphic design, but i think the lines in the cover of that CD suits perfectly. I also think if they read this post, they’d probably agree with my linear nonsense.

Lost Things

One of the main reasons i praise stop-motion animation is because of it’s endless possibilities. Stop-motion has a way of getting away with fluid movement and minimal cuts/frames that never ceases to impress me. In the old days, animation studios like soyszmultfilm would accomplish stop motion by putting together a model, taking a shot with a film camera, moving it a bit, taking another shot, and another shot and so on. When i look at how stop-motion has changed, i realize that the procedure still remains intact, but it has advanced incredibly in terms of storyline and the tools used to execute it.

Similar to Oren Lavies “Morning Elegance”, Alison Sudol wrote the piece of music specifically for this short film written and directed by Angela Kohler.

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Thoughts on Gestures

When i began my college years as a fine arts/painting student, i had a drawing/figure anatomy professor who would constantly stress the importance of gestural drawings in order to embody anatomical proportions. Being the hard-headed donkey i am, i refused to let my subconscious take over the technical skills i held so dearly throughout the first semester with that professor. I would pride myself in dotting every line where it was supposed to, and reading books that explained how angles played alongside shadows to give the illusion of mass/weight upon a person/object.
It wasn’t until a project was assigned in which we were instructed to let go of every technical procedure, and draw to the rhythm of songs, that i understood why gestural drawings were so important to this peculiar professor. In order to carve out images from a blank canvas, i had to let go of all my beliefs, and open myself up to being wrong about everything i was taught in books. Kind of like falling in love, a procedure that requires no technical skills or even right/wrong approaches, i had to let down every technical/egotistical wall around my confidence and skills in order to understand and convey through a drawing.

“Thought of You” is the kind of film that can impact you with a wide range of emotions through simple gestures. Animator Ryan Woodward combines visual Fx, 2D-animation and choreography with his sense of visual poetry and love. An artist bold enough to convey emotions through gestures is something we seldom have the chance to experience in the art world. Below i posted the making of if you’re interested in learning a bit more about the artist and these kind of gestural projects.

Kari Altmann

Kari Altmann is a Baltimore-based artist whose works propose questions of technological interaction, and its relationship to the modern cultures use of such as a mode of communication. I stumbled across her work while listening to the song below. Immediately, i fell for the minimalistic and ridiculous effects that play along so well with 10mi stereo lyrics. It reminded me of a cheap iChat effect, and this is probably the initial reaction of plenty when they compare it to the iChat interface. As you start to look around, little 3D trinkets and symbols begin to appear alongside the human figures. She uses various forms of editing and 3D softwares, and technically, It’s pretty interesting to try and decipher everything that goes on in her work.

I found this while scavenging the artists shows and influences:

“I can only speak for myself, and I identify more with the ideas of post-network art or internet-aware art. As we’ve expanded our view of the relationships and voids between everything from databases or networks to dataclouds and holograms, we’ve arrived at a better realization of the virtual and physical properties inherent in everything. Everything becomes matter, energy, and representation, and is connected to everything else. This idea isn’t new, but I’m sure that the experience of growing up with the internet has affected the way that many artists my age approach it. We’ve had an unprecedented accessibility to a more “zoomed-out” and multidimensional understanding of our environments.

If you have an understanding of this infinite matter you can also learn from it and interact with it in infinite ways. The material we deal with everyday moves back and forth between virtual and physical form so fluidly. Each seems both tangible and imaginary. You are always interacting with matter “through” other matter. This is where processes like hacking, aggregation, modulation, disembodying and many more come into play, through surfaces and intermediaries. We are simultaneously sourcing from this ecosystem, interacting with it, and creating it.”

Also, if you’re interested in reading more about her work, here’s a pretty extensive INTERVIEW on her digitalisms

WE OWN THE SKY

This year has been an incredible source of inspiration for myself, and i believe also my surroundings. Living life in the present moment, not worrying about things that can be solved through intangible purchases or monetary exchange. The personal bonds we’ve built along the lines of this fickle life will be what is carried on to the next. In 2011, i plan on making these already built foundations into the tall and solid skyscrapers they are. I will remember this year as the wind that changed my path; a path that has proven to be/will be, nothing short of incredible. With that conclusion, I leave you all with my warmest regards and wishes for paving/changing your very own path in 2011, make it a memorable one.

“We Own The Sky” By M83. Directed by Alex Takacs and Joe Nankin of Young Replicant. D.Photog. Adam Kauper. A perfect blend of imaginative cinematography and special effects portraying life as we know it; full of emotions, ups and downs, climaxes and tribulations.

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“One of he most powerful visions I have experienced was the first photograph of the earth from outer space. The image of a blue planet floating in deep space, glowing like the full moon on a clear night, brought home powerfully to me the recognition that we are indeed all members of a single family – sharing one little house.”
-Dalai Lama ( Tenzin Gyatso )

A friend recently posted this quote on the almighty social networking monster that is facebook and it really got my brain buzzing. I don’t remember the last time i experienced something of such oracular magnitude. Which brings me to my next point, our human spirit has in lots of ways decreased in value. Our popular culture has such convenient accessibility to geography without distance, history without time, value without weight, transactions without cash; that in turn, it has dematerialized anything with true value. The human element, for instance; its in this day and age considered a replaceable object.
The capital leading interests of our generation seem to be: forcing up productivity, and shedding as many unprofitable tasks as possible, which in turn has delaminated the only constant thing we posses; the human spirit. We want more, more, and more of what isn’t truly fulfilling/important. Yes, facebook condenses time like no other living/breathing thing by bringing you real-time updates on whether/not your neighbor went to work this morning, and if he did, how much traffic is he encountering, or where he checked in to have his 2 o’ clock coffee. But can all of these replace the value of a vis-à-vis human conversation?
Unlike the perplexing experience one would encounter on a trip to the moon involving all human senses, we are now experiencing things through the palm of our hands; introducing a false experience through new and improved fabricated senses. I posted Eskmo’s most recent video, animated by artist CYRIAK. This guy is truly a hidden manic gem in the animation world. He uses everything from hindu connotations to capitalist and surrealist mario world politics. The song itself is short and simple, with a beat that could make cows tip over. In many ways, i feel the artist expresses his frustration through repetition. Like Eskimo’s sound-hacked simple statement “we got more”, CYRIAK’s animation is simple but powerful enough to compose a valid statement.

“Hello, I am Cyriak from 100 years into the future, where I have been exhumed and sent backwards in time via cyberspace in order to welcome you to the unabridged contents of my brain-damaged imagination”
CYRIAK