Between 2D and 3D, blurring boundaries
Henning Lederer: Der Mensch als Industriepalast (Man as Industrial Palace) / Germany / 2009 / 02:44
Art meets science and technology – an animated interactive installation and short film based on the eponymous graphic print by Fritz Kahn from 1926. Each work poses the same question: whether we are we becoming more machine-like as humans evolve? Already a sci-fi subject thoroughly explored in contemporary film, tv and literature, this scientific dilemma has a long history. Perhaps Cronenberg’s world of ‘eXistenZ is not as far into the future as we would like to believe. Welcome to Cyborgia!
Weareseventeen: Strange Arrangements / UK / 2010 / 02:30
A series of graphic moving sculptures, mechanical and yet organic, which take their inspiration from surrealism and in particular, Dali’s iconic lobster telephone. The sculptures are equally appealing as a series of graphic prints though the high standard of music in the short makes the moving image piece more memorable.
Max Hattler : 1923 aka heaven / UK / 2010 / 01:49
1923 aka ‘Heaven’ is one of two 3D animation installations inspired by the work of French outsider artist Augustin Lesage. The film is based on Lesage’s painting ‘A Symbolic Composition of the Spiritual World’ from 1923.The films were created during 5 days in February 2010 with student animators and CG artists at an animation workshop in Viborg, Denmark. 1925 aka ‘Hell’ is the complementary short film created at the same workshop, which Hattler displays as a 2 screen touring installation.
Graham Young : Still Life with smoke and mirrors / UK / 2009 / 03:40
An animated 3D exposition of an abandoned swimming pool, which is also a beautifully subtle study of natural light. Shafts of light penetrate a dusty window to illuminate a shower of bright red rose petals, falling mysteriously from the rafters. A quiet painting to contemplate, coupled with understated sound design to perfectly match the tone.