It is my belief that we need to look outside the typical, to the weird and strange, in order to create new and interesting things. We need to play and experiment with how we create media and have fun creating art in a way that is not strictly commercial.
“The creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect but by the play instinct acting from inner necessity. The creative mind plays with the objects it loves.” – Carl Jung
For these direct animation studies, I took inspiration from early designers such as Len Lye, in order to create fluid-like designs. For these studies, animated elements were drawn directly onto clear 16 mm film, or scratched into the black emulsion. Animations were then captured and digitized using an ELMO.
THEY WATCH US
They Watch Us was created through a complicated process of compositing, data moshing, re-compositing, and color shifting. The original file started as a sort of slice-of-life video that featured various captured moments from my time spent in Lacoste, but through purposeful corruption of files and transformation of the footage, took on an uneasy voyeuristic quality I chose to exploit. The faceless people are meant to make you uneasy but they are not the ones watching you, but instead we are looking at a collection of personal moments, captured data through our need to photograph and film everything. They are the ones being watched.