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“I Think I Love You” by Xiya Lan

A very beautiful and thought-provoking 2d animation (and probably one of my favorite animations from 2017) about the many different forms and aspects of love we experience in this world.
Created by a California Institute of the Arts graduate, Xiya Lan

There’s a lot of ideas associated this with animation. If you’re curious about more of it, Id recommend reading the description of this video.

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Experimental 1960s psychedelia by Jud Yalkut

Some real history of psychedelic video. These are videos by 1960s experimental psychedelic film maker Jud Yalkut. Here a quote from a dissertation about Yalkut by psychedelic historian Chris Elcock.

USCO also collaborated with the filmmaker Jud Yalkut, who produced disorienting films allegedly in an attempt to ―find another way to hit people, to dislocate them, and then re-center them at the end – very much a trip analogy.‖102 Masters and Houston described his art as ―a torrent of hurtling colors and lights, forms blinking, whirling, and surging. Image follows image in rapid-fire succession, distorting awareness of time and space as the sensory bombardment continues.‖103 For Gerd Stern, a testimony of Yalkut‘s use of psychedelics is apparent in his heavy use of the in and out zoom,104 as can be seen in his collaborations with the polka-dot artist Yayoi Kusama.105

On March 1, 1968, Kusama presented her ―Self Obliteration‖ at the Cooper Square Arts Theater in front of a crowded audience. To accompany the happening, a band composed of late-teenagers called ―The Dayz Beyond‖ played psychedelic rock. Kusama entered from behind the stage, ―dressed in red leotards with white dots sporadically covering her outfit and wears a long-furred black coat.‖ She was soon followed by three semi-nude men who wore US flags around their waists. As she began to paint dots on their skin, more naked or near-naked participants joined in. Then, a fake policeman arrived on stage, swinging his club and shouting that everyone was under arrest. He was wrestled down to the floor and stripped. Kusama then produced a print of the Mona Lisa and began painting dots on it, while a film partly made and edited by Yalkut appeared on a screen, just above the band. The whole event was intensified by flashing strobes.106

(From:Elcock, Chris. “High New York: The Birth of A Psychedelic Subculture in the American City.” PhD thesis, University of Saskatchewan, 2015.)

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Loie Fuller – Danse Serpentine by the Lumière Brothers (1896)

This is the earliest psychedelic film that I am aware of (1896!) featuring the legendary dancer and Art Noveau icon Loie Fuller. The film was made by the Lumiere Brothers, who were among the earliest pioneers of cinema, which means psychedelic visuals were there from the very start.

Here’s a short video about Loie. What a goddess!

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Flight Through Spacey Design Elements

Hope everyone had an amazing and/or psychedelic 2017!

Here is a trippy experimental short film, taking you deep into time and space to help kick off your year of psychedelia

Heres to 2018, and hopefully, another great year

 

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Land of Mine – Roman de Giuli

A truly spectacular video made of acrylic paint on paper.

“The idea was to recreate the unique look on planet earth from space which sometimes rather appears like an abstract piece of art than a real photo. From far away, the surface of our planet shows the beauty of it’s landscapes, coasts and the sea in perfect order. It’s highly expressive visual aesthetics and it’s contextual narrative inspired me to create an artistic interpretation of what I’ll never see with my own eyes. It’s just flowing colors on drawing paper, but it’s there, it’s massive and it’s real: the land of mine.”

Beauty knows no end