“Spectacular car chases, an intense hostage crisis, wild animals rampaging through the city and even more” describe Logorama, a 16-minute animated short made up of more than 2,500 logos and mascots which took creators a year and a half to collect. Written and directed by H5 (François Alaux, Hervé de Crécy and Ludovic Houplain), Logorama recently won an Oscar for Best Animated Short Film.
Superflat First Love
Bleed Does Tokyo
I stumbled across this in my email today and I had to share. Here’s a nice animation created by my friends at Bleed for DesignTide. Last year, this piece was shown for an entire week at the crossing at Shibuya Station. The famous Shibuya Crossing in Tokyo is known to be the busiest crossing in the world.
Advanced Beauty is an ongoing exploration of digital artworks born and influenced by sound, an ever-growing collaboration between programmers, artists, musicians, animators and architects.
The first collection is a series of audio-reactive ‘video sound sculptures’. Inspired by synasthesia, the rare, sensory experience of seeing sound or tasting colours, these videos are physical manifestations of sound, sculpted by volume, pitch or structure of the soundtrack.
The films embrace unusual video making processes, the visual programming language Processing, high-end audio analysis and fluid dynamic simulations alongside intuitive responses in traditional cell animation. Each artist was given the same set of parameters to work within; to start, finish and exist within a white space, creating a seamless coherence, all sculptures sharing the same white environment.
Using 5:1 surround sound, the films transform the screen into a digital canvas, how the minimalism of a single, floating pixel can be as engaging as the maximalism of an intense multicoloured explosion.
Curated by design studio Universal Everything, with a soundtrack by Freefarm, the music studio of Simon Pyke (formerly recording as Freeform on Warp, Nonplace and Skam) Advanced Beauty is an international collaboration, taking in a family of artists from London, Russia, New York, Japan, Buenos Aires, Glasgow to San Francisco.
This collection of films in the first in a series of exhibitions, with upcoming commissions for the Victoria & Albert Museum, London and galleries in Europe, USA and Japan.
Running with the Beast
Running with the Beast is the latest album by zZz, a Dutch band from Amsterdam. Roel Wouters created a music video, the artwork and a series of posters that are mindblowingly cool. The project is about two artists who have created the conditions to capture rage in a systematic way – and capture it they did. Two colored cocks print their fight on a sheet of paper while making for an extremely satisfying visual in the video itself. Fantastic.
Zeitguised made a wonderful piece in six acts for the opening exhibition at the Zirkel Gallery entitled ‘Peripetics or The installation of an irreversible axis on a dynamic timeline.’ The three minute piece entails six imaginations of disoriented systems that take a catastrophic turn, including the evolution of educational plant-body-machine models and liquid building materials.
Zeitguised was founded in 2001 in Germany with its members having a background in creative direction, architecture and art. Zeitguised’s high gloss artschool 3D punk blends complex geometries, surreal subjects, artificial behaviours and the recycling of digital readymades into their distinct hallucinatory narration style.
Sound design created by Zeitguised with Michael Fakesch.
Nagi Noda (1973-2008)
A moment of silence for Nagi Noda (野田 凪 Noda Nagi), the talented, eccentric and boundary-pushing artist, art director and fashion designer from Tokyo. Noda passed away this past Sunday, September 7, 2008, at the young age of 35 after surgical complications from injuries sustained in a traffic accident the previous year.