Motion Mapping

Articles, Fine Art, Uncategorized

“A part of the London 2012 Olympics, collaborators Quayola and Memo Akten have made Forms, a series of animations based on the motion of athletes”…. Read the full article by Tim Maly here (via fastcodesign)


Much like Norman Mclaren’s 1968 film Pas de Deux (below) the directors of this new film are making the motions of the athletes into a tangible pathway. I see the gesture of documenting the traces of a person’s movements both as evidence of a space that was occupied in certain way, as well as a signifier for a pathway that could be re-traced by another person or thing – a unique outline or framework that acts as a potencial vessel to contain the same movements again. I’m a bit obsessed with this seeming duality which is abstractly presented when an artist either purposefully, or involuntarily documents someone’s movements. I especially like this concept as explored by Norman Mclaren. If you havn’t watched Pas de Deux, do yourself a favour. It is a gorgeous piece that I have probably taken in two dozen times. I find myself going back to it every couple of months.

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*Gotye – Somebody That I Used To Know (feat. Kimbra)

Music

You’ll find that Gotye’s vids are pretty inventive across the board. I really dig this one! And the song too, which is always good. I’ve included a few still shots which to me seem just as dynamic as the entire vid. I love the simple concept, its actually quite theatrical and beautiful to watch. Somehow I can’t stop being reminded of Frida Kahlo’s self poraits when I watch this…maybe its the stripped-down, isolated self portrait thing? I dont know…but I really like that it reminds me of that work.
Check it out by clicking the link below!

Gotye – Somebody That I Used To Know (feat. Kimbra) – official video – YouTube.

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*M.I.A. Bad Girls

Misc., Music

I really like this video for a number of reasons, but you gotta check it out for yourself!-A good song also. Side note, I’ve always digged M.I.A. but until this vid I had never really gotten a good look at her face (which is often adorned with sunglasses, etc.)…she is stunningly beautiful! I actually thought she looked a bit like Cindy Crawford in some of the shots, although that is completely irrelevant and she is certainly one-of-a-kind.
Go M.I.A.!