Five Artists Creating New Visions of What Animation Can Be
The Zoo is a strange playful work that has nothing to do with our standard concept of a zoo. Instead unusual things inhabit their “park” including a space satellite, 3 giant steam locomotives that spin around on their cow catchers and two tugboats that jump up into the air like dolphins, but they are in an urban construction site.
Zeitguised helps support their artistic endeavors by creating TV commercials that are quite inventive. In a 30 second ad for Banque Populaire Cooperative we see a futuristic world unfold that includes unusual looking plants, ultra modern buildings, a strange amusement ride and other eye catching creations.
Sweethearts opens with an elaborate heart shaped, Pop-Art inspired arrangement of brightly colored candies. For the next 20 seconds it flies apart and rains candy, ending with a MTV logo in the center of the mess.
Rain is a Peugeot ad that is unlike any car ad I’ve seen before. It begins almost like a normal ad, but what are those strange things above the shiny new car in the showroom. They might be chunks of plaster and for unknown reasons they come crashing down on the car in slow motion. I don’t know if there is a point to all this except to create a bizarre, memorable ad.
If you want to see shorts Ben didn’t have time to show, visit their website. It has about 50 ads and shorts on it and hopefully you will be fascinated by it. I was.
Zeitguised’s Website: www.zeitguised.com
Zeitguised's video catalog on Vimeo: www. vimeo.com/zeitguised
Max Hattler, a German video artist and experimental filmmaker, uses a wide variety of techniques: stop-motion, motion graphics, 2D and 3D computer animation and everything in between to create stunning abstract films. Some are handsome experiments in design, while others touch on serious themes. In the case of RE:AX (2011) the film evokes wartime experiences (the suggestion of bombs sailing through a night sky and exploding) and ominous feelings (rays of light coming from the eyes of a skull).
In Collision (2005) the work has an abstract symbolic narrative with bold, colorful American quilt patterns and Islamic symbols meeting each other and hopefully existing in harmony.