A Time-Lapse Map of Every Nuclear Explosion Since 1945 by Isao Hasimoto

This is just too good not to post. The multimedia artwork titled '1945-1998' from the series 'the fear and the folly of nuclear weapons' is a time-lapse map of every nuclear explosion since 1945 by Japanesse artist Isao Hasimoto.

A thought provoking, undeniably scary and mesmerising data visualisation piece with 2053 nuclear explosions, which have taken place between 1945 and 1988. It starts really slow but if you can't wait and want to see some real screen action skip to 1962 onwards. I recommend watching it from beginning to end.

Visual Music - A Work in Progress

Here's a glimpse at a wonderful Visual Music and Acoustic Image collaboration between myself Vishal Shah and talented Musician, Eduardo Rodríguez who plays Double Bass.

Production team includes:

Vishal Shah, Director & Producer 
Eduardo Rodríguez, Music Double Bass
Lewin St Cyr, DOP & Lighting
Rob Rauchfuss, 3D & Compositor
Renata Kudlacek, Studio Camera


Ray Domingo
Kanti De Biswas
Anthea Hamilton
Paulina Vassileva
Ksenia Maximova
María Alché
Steve Baker
Conrad Edwards

This list is going to keep growing so watch this space. 
More info to come...

Eduardo Rodríguez

Double Bass

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.

SCREAM Festival 2011: Sounding Images

Few months ago I mentioned Pollen had been selected over 135 submissions worldwide :)
And now the time has come for the screening which will be held at the REDCAT - Roy And Edna Disney / Calarts Theater. Calart's Downtown Center For Innovative Visual, Performing And Media Arts.
This is just brilliant...

Programme Info:

Saturday, November 5, 2011

SCREAM Festival 2011: Sounding Images

Camet Notre
Video still from 'Camet Norte' (2009), by Elsa Justel.

Co-presented with the Southern California Resource for Electro-Acoustic Music and NewTown.
Electroacoustic music merges seamlessly with electronically generated or enhanced imagery in this screening of 11 international works—a program that attests to the ongoing maturation of an electronic “inter-arts” that transcends disciplines, genres and geographies. Whether created through collaborations between artists and technicians at major art centers, or by digitally savvy individual artmakers in faraway outposts, these composites of sound and image share in common aesthetic imagination and skillful technique.

Screening Includes:

Suspended Edges (2010), UK
 Monty Adkins, Music; Oliver Jones, Video

Sinus Aestum
(2009), UK 
Bret Battey, Music and Video

Apres Le Feu
(2010), France
 Arnaud Castagne, Music; Jacques Perconte, Video

Song Cycle for Haruki Murakami
(2007), USA
 Matthew Dotson, Music; Bart Woodstrup, Video

(2008), France
 Francis Dhomont, Music; Ines Wickman, Video

(2009) , USA Brian Evans, Music and Video

Camet Norte
(2009), Argentina
 Elsa Justel, Music and Video

White Noise
(2009), USA 
Dennis Miller, Music and Video

Bloomy Girls
(2007), Brazil 
Joao Pedro Oliveira, Music; Takagi Masakatsu, Video

Mutations of Matter
(2008), Chile / Colombia 
Roque Rivas, Music; Carlos Franklin, Video

(2009), UK
 Adam Stansbie, Music; Vishal Shah, Video

SCREAM Festival 2011 is a collaboration between NewTown and the Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States (SEAMUS).
Funded in part by a grant from The Los Angeles County Arts Commission.



Faux Images Berlin

My friend Tino Schwanemann invited me to 'Faux Images III' which is happening next Tuesday 18.10.2011 at the project space LEAP,  Karl-Liebknechtstrasse 13, Berlin. If your into motion, video and experimental goodness then come along it's free entry :)


Faux Images

Flex by Chris Cunningham

The film 'Flex' by Chris Cunningham is a fairly old work. However, for some reason last week 'Flex' came to mind. I distinctively remember seeing and experiencing the work as a single channel audio video installation at the Royal Academy of Arts back in 2000 in the group exhibition 'Apocalypse'. The film has a Poe and Kafkaesque resonance to this work by Chris Cunningham. Now that I look back I could say that my film 'Seek Assistance' Director, Vishal Shah & Sound, Adam Stansbie was an unconscious reference alongside Man Ray and Moholy-Nagy. Not bad names to reference a work on.

Meshes of the Afternoon by Maya Deren

A video art classic. 'Meshes of the Afternoon' directed by Maya Deren and her husband Alexander Hammid in 1943, is one of my all time favourite pieces of experimental video art. A truly beautiful, surreal, thought provoking, memory and imagination blurring, circular in narrative with weighted symbolism, black and white experimental film. Every time I watch this film it seems to have a profound affect on me, the film always relates to what ever my situation. Now that's a sign of a timeless film.

The editing and experimental camera work in 'Meshes of the Afternoon' is truly exquisite and defined with feeling, rigour and precision; an art form which many editors today should aim for and revisit throughout their practise. This particular work is influential and of great importance to film and contemporary cinema, think Chris Nolan's 'Inception' there are many references at work here... Stunning and gets me every time I watch it.

Christian Marclay: The Clock

The Clock
Single Channel Video
Duration: 24hrs
Gallery: White Cube, Mason's Yard, London, UK, 2010

'The Clock' by artist Christian Marclay was probably my number one single channel video / cinema piece of work for 2010. 'The Clock' is truly brilliant, simple and thought provoking. However like most brilliant, simple and thought provoking work it consists of great depths of complexity.

The film if you can call it this, is constructed out of moments in cinema when time is expressed or when a character interacts with a clock, watch or just a particular part of the day. Marclay has excepted thousands of these fragments and edited them so that they flow in real time, While 'The Clock' examines how time, plot and duration are depicted in cinema, the video is also a working timepiece that is synchronised to the local time zone. At any moment, the viewer can look at the work and use it to tell the time. Yet the audience watching 'The Clock' experiences a vast range of narratives, settings and moods within the space of a few minutes, making time unravel in countless directions at once. Even while 'The Clock' tell the time, it ruptures any sense of chronological coherence.

'The Clock' plays with how audiences experience narrative in cinema, examining the conventions and devices through which filmmakers create a persuasive illusion of duration. When watching a film, an audience is removed from normal time and swept up in a new register that corresponds to the narrative at hand. 'The Clock' transforms this condition of cinema: time, in this case, corresponds precisely to the actual time beyond the work. The audience will have the peculiar awareness of experiencing a fictional event, or countless events, at what appears to be the same time as when they watch it in the gallery.