Berlinale 2012 - London, Berlin, Milan

A work colleague and good friend Michele Castellucci from Milan with whom I worked with in London at an online media agency flew into Berlin for the Berlinale 2012. Michele Castellucci and Joseph Fortebraccio one an Award for Best DOP at the Talent Campus competition for a music video they submitted. London connections coming into Berlin from Milan, it was really good seeing them. Yesterday we went to the premiere screenings of the film shorts at the Berlinale, films of note were Rafa, The Man that Got Away and La Santa. As usual afterwards we then went on to talking, discussing creative ideas into the night...

Zbigniew Rybczynski

Yesterday I went to see the show Der Stand der Bilder an exhibition of works by Zbigniew Rybczynski and Gábor Bódy both specialising as media pioneer artists. The exhibition was held at the Akademie Der Künste, Berlin-Tiergarten. Beyond any doubt the work on show of Zbigniew Rybczynski  was thought provoking, memorable and inspiring for new media artists. Two works in particular struck a chord and both were videos; Tango and Imagine the latter being the famous music video for John Lennon's song Imagine released in 1986. The choreography and timing of Tango is pure cleverness with a touch of genius. In Tango no one person or subjects ever crosses the path of the other even when the room is rapidly populating. I now see how Zbigniew and his work is influential to the likes of contemporary directors namely Michel Gondry.

Zbigniew Rybczynski Imagine

Video still from 'Imagine' Dir. Zbigniew Rybczynski, 1986

Zbigniew Rybczynski Tango

Video still from 'Tango' Dir. Zbigniew Rybczynski, Winner of Oscar Award for Best Animated Short, 1983

'Visual simplicity of an idea or concept stems

from a complex and chartered understanding

of subject and self.'


ishal Shah, 2011.