Portrait of the physical and the psychological

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Sergio Albiac creates, what he calls videorative portraits, a more “realistic” contemporary portrait of the physical and the psychological. His working process involves writing computer programs that generate these images. Like de video below, a collage of a person’s (video) memories that show up in the portrait.

The artist wanted to express the interior world of a human being, through memories, emotions, relationships and personal story. This is how he goes about generating a portrait:

‘Painting a Videorative portrait starts with collecting personal videos of the person portrayed, tagged by him/her with relevant concepts and descriptions. Then, using a custom developed tool, he “paints with meanings” and generates a video portrait, subtitled with generative personal narratives. In the interactive installation version of the work, the viewer can “navigate” through the subject’s mind, opening his/her video memories, accessing their thoughts and revealing hidden connections between the meanings, using real time access to Wikipedia to infer related emotional states.’

Simulating movement from a far away place

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David Bowen is an artist who specializes in kinetic, robotic and interactive sculptures. The video below shows an art installation that captures the movement of waves from the Pacific Ocean and projects it in real-time.

The ‘Tele-present water’ installation was part op the 14th WRO Media Art Biennale in The National Museum in the city of  Wroclaw in Poland in 2011.

The wave intensity and frequency is collected from an oceanic data station. The data is scaled and transfered to the mechanical grid structures and servomotors in the museum. This results in a simulation of the physical effects caused by the movement of water.

Is it not amazing how this movement from a remote place like the Pacific Ocean is visible to people far away visiting an exhibition in a museum. This makes our world so much smaller!


POPPY shows the dark side of globalisation

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Poppy is an exhibition and book by Robert Knoth and Antoinette de Jong. Launched on 31st of march 2012 at the Nederlands Fotomuseum, Rotterdam. After visiting the exhibition last year, I left the building relieved and happy, a huge contrast with the topic of the audiovisual installation.

Obviously we must be grateful these courageous independent journalists covered this incredible story for many years and from so many perspectives. But as a creator I was so happy to see a beautiful multimedia production telling a story with all the media available: audio, still images, moving images, text, paper and ink.

The production is selected for the shortlist Dutch Doc Awards 2013. From 26 april 2013 the presentation will be exhibited in het Tropenmuseum in Amsterdam, together with the other nominees. 5th of june 2013 the winner will be presented.

Watch the trailer of the Poppy audiovisual installation below.



‘The Silk Road has linked the East and the West from time immemorial. Once a renowned trade route, it transferred religions and cultures, the Silk Road has now turned into a heroin route and is carving out a path of violence and destruction through one of the world’s most strategic yet volatile regions while on its way to the end of its destinations in Europe. Robert Knoth and Antoinette de Jong documented the route for two decades, covering the rise of the Taliban, the American intervention after September 9/11 and the recent surge in opium production. The images and texts in the publication and the audiovisual installation reveal a dark side of globalisation, as reflected in the faces of smugglers, prisoners, prostitutes, border guards, children and farmers.’



The Lovers

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The music video for singer Carla Bruni’s song L’Amoureuse has a playfull ambiance. Perhaps like lovers are in their period of joyfulness.

The music video is, what we call, 2.5D animation. Pictures are made spacial in post production. The many pictures of clouds in the video gives a sense of freedom. The drawing animation that arises within the pictures makes it playfull. I think the video has achieved an appropriate sunday morning feeling, when it is still a surprise what the day will bring.

Tangled Up in the 1920s

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With only a few weeks until the release of her new album Dutch singer Caro Emerald has already revealed a peak by introducing the single ‘Tangled Up’, accompanied by a music video. In retrospective the video refers to a period of economic prosperity in the bigger cities of Europe and Amerika in the 1920s.

The team at Videodrome have mixed live action footage with animation to create a stylized world referring to the passionate Tango dance and the roaring 1920s. They have also been inspired by the Film Noir Cinema of the 1940s in Amerika. We made a music video for Dutch singer Karsu Dönmez inspired by this period. Watch the music video *Mistress* under this link.

The economic prosperity of the 1920’s in Europe and Amerika is a big contrast with the situation today. Nevertheless today’s technological developments mean endless opportunities, like the 1920s! For the creatives of this world it means we can find exciting new ways of expression.

Oh, such grandeur!

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Simone Rovellini, an Italian videomaker and blogger, has come with a beautiful narrated story of a woman in her perfect and stylish world.

You must watch this treat for the eye!

A peak behind the scenes? Watch it under this link.

Technology brings drawing back to computer animation

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The animated short film Paperman is already winning prizes and is on the nomination list for Best Animated Short Film at the Oscars this year. What’s so special about this 2012 production? The film is a combinations of traditional hand-drawn animation with computer animation.

I think this is an example of how technology can be used to combine our talents, like drawing, with computer animation. Mixing 2D drawings with 3D modeled environments. Another example of technology and it’s endless possibilities.

Check out what director John Kahrs inspired to make this film:


Paperman is a black-and-white animation by Walt Disney Animation Studios.
Watch the full 6,5 minute short here: