Purple Music – Elevator


The band Young Rival realised for their song Elevator an handmade video using dot matrix printers, and the result is just stunning. The video was directed and edited by John Smith.

Some insights about the process:

This video was digitally shot and edited, and then printed out frame by frame on dot matrix printers, and re-scanned to achieve the final result. Conceptually the video was heavily inspired by the work of Canadian animation pioneer Norman McLaren – specifically his work “Pas De Deux“.

Purple Music – Up&Up

Animated collages!

Let’s face it, the first impression once I saw this video was “wow, the collages are moving!”.

Last week a friend of mine introduced me to the new Coldplay video, and I truly liked it. I also recognised several clear mentions to lots of amazing contemporary collagists that I love. I was curious to see if the directors Vania Heymann and Gal Muggia gave a kind of explanation of what brought them to create this video.

But  nothing.

The day the video was live, there was no trace of credits to these artists, and I was a little bit surprised. Although none of the images were literally “stoled”, there is a clear inspiration to tons of them. After a while some of the artists “mentioned” on the video clearly started to get disappointed, and shared their thoughts through social media. I can understand that was a kind of bitter sweet tribute.

Now, not sure if this paragraph was added after this online debate or not (I truly don’t remember any credits gave to the artists), but here, on the Vimeo account of one of the two directors, there is now an entire list of artists that were taken as inspiration for the creation of the video:

“Inspired by the amazing art of:
Victoria Siemer, Sammy Slabbinck, Karen Lynch, Sarah Eisenlohr, Joe Webb, Jeff Hendrickson, Katie Dutch, Linder Sterling, Kieron “cur3es” Cropper, Beth Hoeckel, Eugenia Loli, Mariano Peccinetti, Shang Chengxiang, Charlie Davoli, Artem Rhads Cheboha, Fran Rodriguez, Felipe Posada, Jay Riggio, Ser Sinestésico, Marina Molares, Merve Ozaslan, Julien Pacaud, Angelo Vazquez, Terry Ringler, Djuno Tomsni, John Stezaker, Richard Hamilton, Hannah Höch, and of course Rene Magritte”.

I don’t believe that this was made to take all the credits, I truly hope so. As far as I am concerned, the first thing that I do if I create something taking inspiration from other artists I will give them credits, that’s all.

After all these words (sorry!), I truly enjoyed the video and I am happy to see that this kind of works caught the attention of a huge public. On the other  hand, I am concerned about how artists have to deal with their rights, and the inevitable risk in some way to have their brilliant ideas “violated”.

What do you think about it?


Thomas Blanchard – The Colors Of Feelings

Colors in motion!

Not so long ago I posted a similar video, I deeply love these kind o f experiments, especially when they are so well executed. So here we go again with another awesome work about colors.

In this case the project was realized by Thomas Blanchard, where he played with paint, oil, milk, honey and cinnamon to realize this stunning “colors splash” video.



Studio Inty, in collaboration with Studio OpArts and the sound designer Tim Aminov, realized this stunning interactive lights installation for LifeZone exhibition in Moscow. The viewers of this installation were able to interact with it, where a “haunted forest” came to life in a suggestive mixture of lights, shadows and music.

Below more details about this awesome work.

Installation offers the viewer to feel the atmosphere of the mystical forest and meet its inhabitants, by moving the light beam through the panoramic visual surface. The installation was placed in the center of contemporary art M’Ars, within interactive exhibition LifeZone (Moscow, May-June 2015).
To implement the idea of “magic light bulb” we have used IR LEDs in combination with a system of four high-fps cameras. To work with high-resolution (8K), we had to assemble a cluster of 4 computers.
A special area for photographing, where people could take a photo with one of the inhabitants of the forest, was organized next to the installation. Within two months over thousand photos have been shared.