Tag Archives: dutch psychedelia

“Paradise”-A contemporary interpretation of The Garden of Earthly Delights, Studio Smack

25 Nov

Official Press Release:

PARADISE, a contemporary interpretation of The Garden of Earthly Delights

Studio Smack, best known for their music video Witch Doctor by De Staat, have released a new animation: a contemporary interpretation of one of the most famous paintings by the Early Dutch master Hieronymus Bosch, The Garden of Earthly Delights.

In their latest work, the group cleared the original landscape of the middle panel of Bosch’s painting and reconstructed it into a hallucinatory 4K animation. The creatures that populate this indoor playground embody the excesses and desires of 21st century Western civilization. Consumerism, selfishness, escapism, the lure of eroticism, vanity and decadence. All characters are metaphors for our society where loners swarm their digital dream world. They are symbolic reflections of egos and an imagination of people as they see themselves – unlike Bosch’s version, where all individuals more or less look the same. From a horny Hello Kitty to a coke hunting penis snake. From an incarnate spybot to headless fried chickens.

These characters, once precisely painted dream figures, are now digitally created 3D models. All of them have been given their own animation loop to wander through the landscape. By placing them altogether in this synthetic fresco, the picture is never the same. What the animation and Bosch’s triptych have in common is that you’ll hardly be able to take it all in, you can watch it for hours.

‘Paradise’ was commissioned by the MOTI Museum in The Netherlands for the exhibition New Delights, which is part of the Hieronymus Bosch 500-year anniversary. A gigantic video installation of this work is exhibited in the Museum until the 31st of December.

Frieze Frame – 1991

30 May

39 paintings from the Frans Hals museum in Haarlem, Holland come to life in this 1991 video by Gerrit van Dijk.

Performance Capture: Parts 1 and 2 by Mike Pelletier

4 Dec

These two videos by Artist Mike Pelletier transform the grotesque beauty of motion capture glitches into a  lovely and eerie otherworldly dance.

Underwater studies without water.

Transmission of information.

From the Mike Pelletier’s Vimeo description:

Animation: Mike Pelletier mikepelletier.nl
Music: Robot Repair robotrepair.net

3d characters were generated using MakeHuman.
The motion capture data used in this project was obtained from mocap.cs.cmu.edu.
The database was created with funding from NSF EIA-0196217.”

For more about the artist see:

Mike Pelletier

Pas a Deux – Gerrit van Dijk

26 Oct

The eternal male archetype with its many forms goes on a dance with the eternal female archetype with its many forms, shape-shifting across the dance floor, in this amusing and very special animation by Gerrit Van Dijk,

From 0 to 100 years in Dutch and Hebrew

25 Sep

There is something distinctly psychedelic about these people counting the years from 0-100. Watching these many people advance with age is like watching life go by – collective life. It’s like those videos of people getting older, but this time around involving a collective of people. What I like about these videos is that they show an amazing portrait of society at large and it’s many faces. Watching this made me like these people and feel like we are all part of something greater.

So, first off here the original version as far as I can tell, done in Amsterdam in 2011: O-100 in Dutch.

And here is my favorite, in my own language. 0-100 in Hebrew:


2 Feb

The work of the carrot delivery rabbit 🙂

(Link: Snufje. Thanks!)

op een dag – Bas K

19 Jan


(Link: Snufje. Thanks!)

A Taste of Freedom

26 Oct

“A Taste of Freedom” is a somewhat unusual documentary film  by Dutch filmmaker Jan Beddegenoodts. The film is unusual in bringing together two disparate worlds: the lively Israeli trance party scene on the hand, and Palestinian West-bank demonstrations on the other hand. It provides some uneasy perspectives on the political position of the psychedelic underground, especially in a place like Israel, where talking about “Peace and Love” is more problematic due to a highly repressive political situation.  The film is not without it’s flaws, and the comparison between the two worlds of ravers and activists, stand at the danger of becoming overly simplistic at times, yet Beddegenoodts largely avoids this by remaining evocative and descriptive rather than judgmental or prescriptive. Overall, the film is well worth watching.

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