Alright, so… for this project I was influenced by books, films, music & music videos, animation videos, photographers, exhibitions, architectural movements, artists, people and everyday sounds & situations.
Since the beginning of this project, I’ve wanted to create something surreal or psychedelic, as to make it clear that a utopia, a reality like the ones we’re creating, could never be obtainable.
One way to do this – which I think it works very well – is through collages. “You Know How Not To Love” is an animation project based on collage artworks that explore the theme of love and human behaviour.
“Cyriak Harris learned hand-drawn animation at school, but it’s his bag of self-taught digital tricks that power the insane cavalcade of worm-shaped cats and madly multiplying lambs that make him one of YouTube’s most popular filmmakers”.
Speaking of surreal animation projects, our tutor Zak introduced us to the british artist Cyriak, whose crazy videos definitely pull the trigger to our imagination. His works are so AMAZINGLY weird! (Go and have a look @ Cyriak’s interview for CO.CREATE; it’s worth reading)
Next, entering an even more psychedelic-crazy-trippy dimension, we have Leif Podhajski. “His work explores themes of connectedness, the relevance of Nature and the psychedelic experience. By utilizing these subjects he attempts to inspire the viewer into a realignment with themselves and their surroundings.”
I mean… this description fits pretty much in my original idea of utopia. Plus, he has worked with some great bands like Foals and Tame Impala. How come I’m only getting to know his work NOW? This is SO GOOD!
Another sick video we were shown the other day in class was “End Love” by the north-american alternative rock band OK GO, known for its “often quirky and elaborate one-take music videos”.