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Olivier Snijders: Bad Trip

13 Dec

End of school year animation 2014 – 2015.

PELEPE Rail

10 Dec

Israeli poet and artist Ave has been a regular feature onthe DPV since it’s very beginning. Ave’s video (see here) are unique in that what makes them psychedelic is not a garish flow of colors on the screen, but rather something more simple and unmediated. The felt presence of immediate experience.

Whether it is two plastic bags hovering around each other in the wind like two lovers caught up in a dance, or a zen moment on top of an amusement park merry go round, Ave’s videos capture something elusive and beautiful about the reality of the present moment. As a viewer, you tend to get caught in the experience of what is happened in those very moments in which the video was shot.

Ave has a very Zen-like approach to film making, a way of filming reality and yet being present in it. Whether he is the one shooting the video or the one to appear in it, the camera is not invisible. It is part of the scene, like a participator but in a way that doesn’t hem or hamper the magic which happens on the screen but ends up making it even brighter and more awesome.

Ave’s present video, Pelepe, is, to my mind, his best work so far. It starts as a regular ride on the Israel train service, but then Ave and his partner in this video, the dancer K, begin their highly peculiar act which is difficult to describe: is this a dance? a performance? a meditation?

As they continue they arouse the interest of not only their immediate wagon neighbors. The entire train car gets involved, all sharing the magic of the moment, the wonder of watching people open up like this, sharing their intimacy with strangers on the train. In this way, Ave and K give those around them the present of intimacy, as the whole train wagon gets immersed in the special and beautiful happening.

Things continue to evolve from there, ending with a reminder of the kind of fears this intimacy and expressiveness can also stimulate in some, and the existence of violence which is always there lurking alongside the beauty and the joy in this imperfectly perfect world of ours.

A spectacular video.

Off The Air: Conflict (S05E02)

23 Nov

Aired in 2015.

List of videos in this episode:

Anatomy of a Street Fight: How to Win When You’re Outnumbered by Don Wasser from PFS Video, Inc.
Bloops by Johnny Woods; title sequence animations by Sean Buckelew, Kyle Mowat, Jonathan Djob Nkondo, and Caleb Wood
“Green” music video by bif and Mill+
Plug Party 2K13 by Albert Omoss
Unabomber Speckles drawing provided by R. Land
Angry Ram Destroys Punching Bag by Marty Todd
Pivot by Albert Omoss
The Angry Prokaryote by Caleb Phoenix Plesant
Cody’s Positive Affirmations by Joseph Bennett
SSI’s Shred of the Month: “The Monster” footage provided by SSI Shredding Systems, Inc.
31 Ways to Say Fuck Off by Emanuele Kabu

Off The Air: Liquid (S05E01)

16 Nov

Aired in 2015.

List of videos in this episode:

Run Walter Run video provided by Newsflare
Phantom Water Reel by Chris Bryan
Helium Shark by Thomas Marque
Ice Crystal Timelapse by Shawn Knol
Ice cream video by Alan Steadman
Machine Networks 2013 by Ryan Tyler Martinez
Most Incredible Volcano by Geoff Mackley
BBBB by Natalia Stuyk
A Family Affair by Ed Schrader, Kevin Sherry, and John Voigt
Bubble Device #2 by Nicholas Hanna
“Bryn Marina” music video by David Jude Harris, for the song by Sound of Ceres
Splashy Duck by William Anderson; atomic bomb footage provided by VCE Digital, Inc.
The Huber Experiments – Vol. 2 by Erik and Matthew Huber
Vagabond Mutant Liquid by Tobias Stretch
Dry Lights by Xavier Chassaing, score by Thomas Vaquie
Kayakers in Drainage Ditch by Rush Sturges and Ben Marr

Off The Air: Transportation (S04E04)

9 Nov

Aired in 2015.

List of videos in this episode:

Gravity by Hadas Fisher-Oren; title sequence by Tori Cook
JP Auclair excerpt from All.I.Can by Sherpas Cinema
Departures by Cy Kuckenbaker
The Motorcade by International Geographic
Rollerman by Danny Strasser, score by Michael Beckmann and Melina Fessmann
METRO Re/De-construction by Christopher Douglas Coleman
Psycho City by Vince Collins
Bubblegum Fannypack by Richard Dicko Mather
Let’s Paint, Bicycle & Blend TV by John Kilduff
Sketch Three: Avant-Garde (R.P.M. 2) by Ryan Fox
“Cadillac Dreams” music video by the Great Nordic Sword Fights
Scene 2 by Kim Laughton
3K Project TrackMania 2: Canyon (Slow Mo Version) by RickardRick

Off The Air: Death (S04E03)

2 Nov

Aired in 2014.

List of videos in this episode:

One Got Fat film supplied by the Prelinger Archives
Yield by Caleb Wood
Stillicide by Eric Ko, music by Alex Cook
“Beat the Drum Slowly” music video by Chad VanGaalen
Crowd Dynamics/UFO animated shorts by David Fothergill
“Arterial” music video by Christophe Thockler
Checkpoint by Robby Rackleff
Death Fest by Kutay Cengil
The Jump by Charles Huettner
Life Is Flashing Before Your Eyes by Vince Collins, performance by Lewis Motisher

LuYang Delusional Mandala by LuYang

29 Oct

LuYang is an emerging Chinese artist who has also presented in the Chinese pavilion in last Venice Biennale. Her video, “LuYang Delusional Mandala” is  really crazy, somewhat eerie and very weird video. It’s laden with ideas about neuroscience, death, theology the virtualization of the artist and many other themes. If I haven’t said it already, it’s extremely bizarre, but I recommend watching it. I think she’s on to something!

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