This is our current film under production. It will be composed of live action sculptural sets, stop-motion animations, composited After Effects images and macro video segments. It tells the story of the two most unlikely candidates to ever possibly meet in space and time: an astronaut and an a neanderthal.
This here is a little collaboration with Beet & Yarrow. Find the matching pair.
Score written and composed by Dave Wilton
SFX by Dynamite Laser Beam
"David Lynch meets Matthew Barney in this trip through a foamy landscape of cotton balls and stop-motion animations."
-Seattle International Film Festival
Real Ethereal is an experimental/conceptual video with which meaning remains elusive; understanding it is a subjective undertaking. However, I have written the following regarding the filming process of the opening and closing sequences:
"I hit the record button and began the journey into the sea while Deborah remained on the beach with the camera. She gave me verbal directions to keep me in the frame, “turn left... go straight... turn right...” As I ventured further, the waves washed out her guiding voice. The costume was disorienting, lacking both eye slits and peripheral vision, so my course wandered. Water licked my chin.
By now I was shoulder deep in the sea, attempting to submerge myself, but the wetsuit and costume were too buoyant. This was a problem I had not anticipated. My initial plan was to emerge from the water and walk toward the camera, but because this was not possible, I had to settle with the less epic version. I bobbed around in the tides for a bit and made my way towards the beach. Deborah’s voice returned again, guiding my path. The waterlogged costume slowed my movements and became increasingly heavy as I progressed towards dry land. By now, we had gathered the attention of more than just a few casual onlookers.
The police were waiting for me. Apparently a concerned citizen thought it unusual to cover one’s own body with household materials, and in the twilight, walk into the icy shadows of the sea. The blustery weather brought no consolation, for it had snowed the previous day. What I intended as poetry, someone else perceived to be a tragic oneway journey into the ocean. I struggled to remove the saturated costume and transfer it into an oversized trash bag.
With the soggy whiteness encapsulated, we made our way to the parking lot, where the idling police cars waited patiently. I needed only to mention “RISD” and “school project” for the officers to fully realize the innocence of the situation. They said I had been described as a “mentally disturbed person attempting suicide” and suggested that next time I should disclose my intentions beforehand to avoid confusion. The thought of calling the police before making art had never occurred to me. After giving them my regrets for the miscommunication, we moved on.
This experience enriched the content of the project, for it revealed the presence of death in a scene that I perceived as life, thus painting truthfully the predicament of existence. The opening scene of Real Ethereal represents creation and the emergence of birth. It is the cleansing waters of baptism that purify the soul, the reclamation of life from the frigid waters of death, and the introduction of a profound mystery that continually nudges us along the winding path we follow. In regards to the final scene, it is the completion of reality and the satiated cycle of life. In order for something to live, something needs to die. Death gives life."
Looping video art generated from suspended sculptural forms. See more work at www.evanmann.com
Engaging and withdrawing in an endless loop, Relationship represents the unceasing struggle between two entities to move forward despite the inevitable strains that ensue. Healthy relationships are those of perpetual engagement, despite the distance, be it physical, emotional or spiritual, that inevitably creeps in.
1 : purification or purgation of the emotions (as pity and fear) primarily through art
2 : a purification or purgation that brings about spiritual renewal or release from tension
3 : elimination of a complex by bringing it to consciousness and affording it expression
The audio design for this stop-motion animation video was composed entirely from sounds made from the body. In other words, the human figure acted as an instrument to create the soundscape for this otherworldly environment.
This series of digital photographs is imagery captured from Colorado cloud formations during the spring of 2013. Colorado produces among the most majestic thunderheads, which usually form east of the front range. The tessellation allows for a visual symmetry while at the same time, negates a horizon or any reference to a landmass. This re-contextulization of cloud formations transforms the familiar appearance of cloud matter into otherworldly floatations of atmosphere.
A dystopia is a community or society, usually fictional, that is in some important way undesirable or frightening. It is the opposite of a utopia. Such societies appear in many works of fiction, particularly in stories set in a speculative future. Dystopias are often characterized by dehumanization, totalitarian governments, environmental disaster, or other characteristics associated with a cataclysmic decline in society. Elements of dystopias may vary from environmental to political and social issues. Dystopian societies have culminated in a broad series of sub-genres of fiction and are often used to raise real-world issues regarding society, environment, politics, religion, psychology, spirituality, or technology that may become present in the future. For this reason, dystopias have taken the form of a multitude of speculations, such as pollution, poverty, societal collapse, political repression, or totalitarianism.
Famous depictions of dystopian societies include Nineteen Eighty-Four, a totalitarian invasive super state; Brave New World, where the human population is placed under a caste of psychological allocation;Fahrenheit 451, where the state burns books out of fear of what they may incite; The Hunger Games, a government that controls its people by maintaining a constant state of fear through fights to the death. The Iron Heel was described by Erich Fromm as "the earliest of the modern Dystopian".[3
This here is a collaboration with Harper Point Photography. There is really no reason for this except to play with light paintings and cinemagraphs.
Ultrasound images and heartbeat of a human being at twelve weeks.
Ascension is a looping video filmed in Lincoln Woods just outside of Providence, Rhode Island. A figure wrestling with rock is a metaphor of the unending earthly trials to be overcome.
In collaboration with the Mueseum of Contemporary Art Denver, Failure Lab, and Otherworldly Productions, this film was hand made by 12 high school students:
Alex Haefling, Athena Alvear, Emily Trautwein, Gary Doan, Jacque Howard, Kalina Gallardo, Kellehanna E'Shawn, Moises Segura, Sandisz Thieme, Sophia Rizzolo, Sophie Knauf and Tatiana Goderstad.
Special thanks to Ama Mills-Robertson and Molly Nuanes at the MCA for facilitating this project.