Night Fishing with Cormorants, 2009

 

"Night Fishing with Cormorants"  is a very loose and abstract meditation, inspired in part by the 17th Century Japanese screen painting by Kano Tanyu, "Night Fishing with Cormorants", and by the very stark and beautiful novel of Akira Yoshimura, "Shipwrecks". I am not telling a naturalistic story in this piece, but rather I have tried to make a work that will hold in equal reverence the spirit of the bird, the fish, and the fisherman.

Music by The Headroom Project, “Winter Skies”, from the CD, Dominatus Illuminato Mea.

Duration 4:13,  Video Projection

 

“Night Fishing with Cormorants”, 2009
Awards and Honors:
Special Prize, Hiroshima International Animation Festival
Special Mention, Premio Simona Gesmundo Animation Festival
Prize for Best Animated Work, Chelyabinsk No-festival of Video Art and Animation
Screenings:
Athens Video Art Festival, Athens, Greece, May, 2012.
Istanbul Animation Festival, Istanbul, Turkey, November, 2011.
Animatic 2011, Pamplona, Spain, November, 2011.
Punto y Raya Festival 2011, L’Alternativa Curated Program, Reina Sofia Museum, Madrid, Spain, November, 2011.
Big Cartoon Festival, Moscow, Russia, November, 2011.
Golden-Kuker, International Animation Festival, Sofia, Bulgaria, September, 2011.
Santa Rosa International Film Festival, Santa Rosa, CA, September, 2011.
Northwest Animation Festival, Portland, OR, June, 2011.
Visual Music Concert, Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA, May, 2011.
Cinequest Film Festival, San Jose, CA, March, 2011
Savannah International Animation Festival, Savannah, GA, February, 2011
Animpact Animation Festival, Seoul, Korea, December, 2010
2010 Animation, Art Basel Miami, Miami, FL, December, 2010
Hiroshima 2010 Special, Animax TV, Tokyo, Japan, November, 2010
No-festival of Video Art and Animation, Chelyabinsk, Russia, November, 2010
17th International Film Festival Etiuda & Anima 2010, Krakow, Poland, November, 2010
Kinofest 2010, International Digital Film Festival, Bucharest, Romania, November, 2010
Tindirindis 8th International Animation Film Festival, Tindirindis, Lithuania, November, 2010
Prize Simona Gesmundo for Animated Films, Cetraro, Italy, October, 2010.
FIA Festival 2010, Forum for International Animation, Stockholm, Sweden, October, 2010
London International Animation Festival, London, UK, September, 2010
Strasbourg International Film Festival, Strasbourg, France, August, 2010
Hiroshima International Animation Festival, Hiroshima, Japan, August, 2010.
New Filmmakers, Contemporary Experimental Animation, New York, NY, July, 2010
Melbourne International Animation Festival, Melbourne, Australia, June, 2010
Vesak 2010 International Buddhist Film Festival, Colombo, Sri Lanka, June 2010
backup_festival 2010, Bauhaus Film Institute, Weimar, Germany, May, 2010
SoundImageSound VII, University of the Pacific, Stockton, CA, March 2010
Videographies 21, Digital and Experimental Film Festival, Liege, Belgium, March 2010
ByDesign10, Northwest Film Forum, Seattle, WA, March, 2010
Anima2010, Brussels Animation Festival, Belgium, Feb.2010
Iota Salon, UCLA Art and Media Dept, Los Angeles, Ca Jan.2010
Music &Technology Concert, DeMontfort University, Leicester, UK, Oct.2009
Stash DVD magazine, #60, Sept. 2009
Siggraph 2009 Computer Animation Festival, New Orleans, LA, Aug.3-7, 2009

 
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“Sumi Dreams”, 2014 . Online version not currently available.
Awards and Honors:
Selected for Best of Fest, Punto y Raya, 2014

Screenings:
Punto y Raya, Reykavik, Iceland, January, 2014
Melbourne International Animation Festival, Melbourne, Australia, June, 2014
Animex Screen Festival, Teesside University, UK, February, 2016
ZKM | Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie, Karlsruhe, Germany, December, 2014
Espacio Fundación Telefónica Lima, Lima, Peru, August, 2014
Waterpieces Festival | Contemporary and Video Art Festival, Riga, Latvia, August, 2014
Cinémathèque Québécoise, Montréal·QC, Canada, June, 2014
Resonate Festival, Kolarac, Belgrade, Serbia, April, 2014
Kino Muza, Poznan, Poland, March, 2014

 

All the possible braidings, 2007

All the Possible Braidings is an abstract choreography.  Once I had completed the 3D portion of the animation, this film sat on my desktop for a year without any music before I heard this beautiful cello piece by Jamie Sieber and knew that it was a perfect fit for the mood of the animation.  It was first screened in the Visual Music Marathon in Boston in 2007, a festival dedicated to exploring the many possible relationship of music and graphics.

Music: Jami Sieber 

 

“All the Possible Braidings”, 2007
Screenings:
Visual Music Marathon, Boston, MA, April, 2007
Lumen Eclipse Gallery, Cambridge, MA, 2007
Siggraph Art Gallery, San Diego, CA, Aug.2007
Ylem Gallery, San Francisco, CA, Sept. 2007
8th Seoul Film Festival, Seoul, Korea, Sept..2007
Huddersfield Film Festival, Huddersfield, UK, Nov. 2007
Lipa Festival of Contemporary Music, Iowa State University, Oct.2007
Visual Music Marathon, New York, NY, April, 2009

 

Below is a selection of experimental motion sketches done as personal projects.

The gentle melody of the piano is reflected in the languid movements of the forms, part brush strokes and part dancers.

 

CONSTRUCTIVISM, 2010

Using the basic constructivist vocabulary of simple primitive shapes, I created a rhythmic arrangement of these elements, always balancing choreography  with the more painterly elements of color and light.  Nothing is synced with the music in this piece as the music and animation were brought together after the final visual mix had been completed.

Music, Mike Boo, Dunhill Drone Conspiracy

 

motion sketch 2010, electrophoresis

During this time I used to do a short motion sketch everyday as part of my art practice.  They were usually under one minute, and explored some part of the 3D software that I was learning or teaching.  They were inspired by music that I was listening to at the time, and I had no other agenda than to have fun.

Music by The Headroom Project

 

motion sketch 2010, double vj

Cloning objects yields a fractured yet rhythmic unity that is play to forces of attraction and  repulsion.  This creates an environment  where sound and graphics work as parallel entities to create a new kind of wholeness.