Vyclone: Crowdsourced Filmmaking
Has anyone lately had the fly eye effect at a concert? While watching the main stage, you suddenly see the action refracted into a thousand different cell phones, held rapt recording the live event? Now we can put all this footage into one place to get a compelling film!
This incredible new app, Vyclone, from Joe Sumner lets two or more people in close proximity shoot video with their iPhones, upload the clips and then view a movie that is automatically spliced together from different angles. Vyclone tags each video with the location where it was shot using GPS and then lines them up by date and time.
Joe was touring with his band Fiction Plane and noticed over 400 YouTube videos of the show that went online the day after the show. This gave him the idea for Vyclone, an app that has investment from Madonna, Ashton Kutcher, Live Nation, DreamWorks and VC firm Thrive Capital.
Thanks for The Tanks
Last night, The Tanks opened at Tate Modern. The converted oil tanks are now devoted to showing time based media such as performance, film, and sound works. This marks a pivotal moment for contemporary art, as the biggest space devoted to this kind of media. Artists must respond to the spaces they are given to show in, so as galleries get larger, so do the artworks. The Tanks will allow artists to realize ambitious works in ephemeral media to one of the largest art audiences in the world.
They were designed by Herzog & de Meuron who also designed the pavilion at the Serpentine this year with Ai Weiwei.
Flex x Chris Cunningham
This incredible video installation Flex was commissioned by the Anthony d’Offay Gallery for the Apocalypse: Beauty & Horror in Contemporary Art exhibition curated by Norman Rosenthal and Max Wigram at the Royal Academy of Arts.
In 2007, an excerpt from Flex was shown in the Barbican’s exhibition Seduced: Art and Sex from Antiquity to Now curated by Martin Kemp, Marina Wallace and Joanne Bernstein. The work was shown alongside other pieces by Bacon, Klimt, Rembrandt, Rodin and Picasso.
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Do we come from monkeys and are we turning into machines? This short film, Monkey Drummer, by Chris Cunningham, shows a figure with a monkey head and human appendages mechanically drumming a frenetic rhythm. Each body part moves in an authentically human way but seems to be controlled by a machine.
The film premiered at the Venice Biennale of Art in 2001. The music is made by Aphex Twin and is the tenth track on their album, drukqs. Sigtryggur Baldursson or “Siggi” of the Sugarcubes was shot several times drumming and then his torso was cut out in post production to be replaced by the robotic trunk.
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Portishead x Chris Cunningham
This GIF is a clip from Chris Cunningham’s music video for the song “Only You” by Portishead. The film showed gravity defying ethereal movements. Beth Gibbons and a young boy were shot in underwater tanks and then digitally reinserted into a street scene. The lack of any bubbles and distinct sharpness of the light, make it almost impossible to make sense of visually.
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Illustrations of Tokyo
Tokyo-born Tatsuro Kiuchi created these poignant illustrations for part of a graphic novel called “Downtown Rocket by Jun Ikeido. The film noir framing combined with hand hewn lines and textures are compelling. The emptiness in the images captures the feeling of walking alone late at night on a city street.
Chris Cunningham x Audi City
Chris Cunningham is a relentlessly experimental creator who defies categorisation. His work is shaped by the sci-fi films and electronic music he devoured in his youth. The frenetic, wildly inventive music videos he made for Aphex Twin ( “Windowlicker”, “Come to Daddy”) and Bjork ( “All Is Full of Love”) redefined the form and has influenced high fashion, advertising, blockbuster movies and low-budget horror flicks alike over the last decade.
In recent years he has moved further away from the music video genre and now creates independent video works, which no longer have their starting point as commissions. His video and sound art has been shown in the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Venice Bienalle, the Barbican, the Anthony D’offay gallery amongst others and his live show at The Royal Opera House, The Roundhouse and Royal Festival Hall.
Chris has created his own disturbing visual language, that pits the grotesque imperfections of human anatomy against high technology embodied in robots and hallucinatory motion effects.
Always driven forward by its ethos of Vorsprung durch Technik, Audi City is a new venture that uses technology to create space in the city centre. For five days in Mayfair, Audi reveals a site-specific installation of Chris Cunningham’s latest work. Enormous industrial robots veer around one another in a mysterious room. Their motors are syncopated with the room’s metronome and they embark on a frenetic interchange over a mechanical ‘brain’.
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Portrait of the city: Shadows
A shadow is an image that results from the absence of light. In this simple yet powerful film about mobility, a skateboarder moves around concrete of the city. His shadow is filmed upright, inverting the POV and creating a moving image against the texture of materials such as asphalt, concrete and traffic cones. The short film is made by Joe Pease and inspired by an essay on Peter Pan called Shades of a Shadow that examines the symbolism of the shadow.