Video Art

Paper animation about Alzheimer

Post by Meltem Akturk

Suus Hessling made this stop motion video about Alzheimer’s disease for her graduation at the School of Arts in Utrecht, Netherlands.

It’s a really good paper animation, great details on her models. Very appropriate technique and materials selected to tell the story. This makes it so much easier to understand the context in comparison to text.

Discover Typography

Post by Meltem Akturk

Type:Rider is a videogame for smartphones, tablets and desktop-computers that makes you discover the unexcepted world of typography.

It’s really interesting and great game. You would learn more about the visual design of type and what those choices mean to the books and texts we read.

A stunning piece of moving city life

Post by iSiZ

I’m fascinated by the beautiful patterns and shapes a kaleidoscope makes. Last year I posted an article about a Human Arabesque made from a 18-meter high kaleidoscope, read about it here.

Filmer and photographer Michael Shainblum has experimented with mirroring images and video for the past five years and has come up with a moving piece of city life  in ‘Mirror City’. He visually lures you through the cities of Chicago, San Francisco, San Diego, Las Vegas and Los Angeles.

Watch how he combines timelapse photography with kaleidoscope effects and reduces city life into ‘city-shapes’, ‘city-movements’ and ‘city-lights’. Whenever I watch a kaleidoscope made from landscapes, I can’t stop but wonder ‘Does a parallel universe look like this?’

Portrait of the physical and the psychological

Post by iSiZ

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.’

An animated epic fresco, from medieval rural to urban in the future

Post by iSiZ

Babel is an animated epic fresco, which tells the story of two characters, their personal lives against the backdrop of China’s historical progression, from rural to urban. Produced by Studio Hdk Productions based in Paris.

At one point the main character travels by train, the landscape transforms from a medieval rural village setting to where he arrives, in the future.

It was filmed in Shanghai, but most work was done behind the computer, compositing. This epic collage is a must see. You can watch the full length 15 minutes here. Also watch the director Hendrick Dusollier get interviewed in the following video.

Human Arabesque

Post by iSiZ

A beautiful Human Arabesque was made for TEDxSUMMIT, last april in Doha, Qatar.

Hosted by The Doha Film institute it was exclusively for TEDx organizers. The aim of the video is to visualize the power of x through ‘Ideas Worth Doing’. It was done without any computer graphics, solely choreography, camera and a 18-meter high triangular mirrored structure.

The video was created by We Are Pi. The music is by Yasmine Hamdan. Also watch the second making of video.


Struck by Hale Tenger’s work

Post by iSiZ

Last weekend I visited the exhibition ‘Istanbul Modern Rotterdam’ in museum Boijmans van Beuningen in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Here a small collection of Istanbul Museum of Modern Art is shown. Gathering together works by fourteen artists from different periods. I was particularly struck by the work of artist Hale Tenger, a video installation called Beirut 2005-2007. A still taken from the video:

Beirut shows the windows of the hotel in front of which Rafik Hariri was assassinated by a car bomb in 2005. The video was shot secretly in an area that was under the armed protection of the United Nations. The peacefully fluttering white curtains of the empty hotel are in sharp contrast to the sounds of explosions and sirens heard in the background; we are suddenly confronted with the experience of war. As if highlighting postwar regret, oblivion, and the desperate repetition of war, the video is played in a loop, creating a vicious circle.

Below watch a fragment from the video installation ‘Beirut, 2005-2007’ (Don’t be mistaken, behind you hear the sound of another video installation ‘and Others, from the series of ‘Mines” by Ayse Erkmen.) The music for the Beirut video was composed by Serdar Ateser; the soundtrack at the end of the video was recorded in 2007 during Israel’s intervention in Lebanon and taken from Youtube (user:msoubra):