Sunday, December 4, 2011

Top 10 Dec 5

Hi dear viewers.
I'm in Amsterdam, where are you?

Either way here comes this weeks top 10.

Mr. J

1. Caitlin Hackett

In my work I am exploring the relationship between humans and animals; the idea of the human denial of our animal nature and of humans as the dominant species, as well as the mutation of the animal created by the human interpretation of the animal. My work alludes to the boundaries that separate humanity from animals both physically and metaphysically, as well as the objectification of and personification of animals. I invent creatures, anthropomorphic, mutated, or pseudo mythical in imagery, using my imaginary world and bringing it into the physical world in an attempt to create a language that speaks about the human animal relationship and the natural and unnatural elements of it. I am faced with the fact that we live in a planet in decline, where almost every natural ecosystem in the world is slipping away. Human kind has created a planet of refugees; animals forced to flee ever farther from the insatiable encroachment of urban development, victims of a war for space which they cannot hope to win. My drawings refer to this decline and to the refugees it has created. I am left with the question of what is natural; are we (human beings) still a part of nature? If so, does that make all that we have created, cities, vehicles, factories, all technology, part of nature as well? As we move into an increasingly plastic, electronic, and robotic culture how can we define our own fundamental nature as the nature of the world around us changes and our metaphysical identity evolves into something beyond the human as an animal? As we separate from our animal nature, will we be able to still see and understand the importance of other animals and our relationship to them? As we are able to remove ourselves from our own physical bodies and to come to experience life through the metaphysical, the digital, and the psychic, how will this distance from our own bodies and the physical experience of the world affect our relationship with nature and the way we see creatures who exist completely within their physical bodies and are defined by their physical needs?
As my work evolves I am beginning to think more and more about the way in which people bestow identity and how, deprived of identity, animals are reduced to a kind of living taxidermy subject to human apathy and mutated by human ideals of beauty or monstrosity. I am telling a story about disappearance and the rapid and extravagant destruction of the human-animal, and how this loss of our animal nature is affecting the way human kind views the animal world.
I am describing these questions through the use of paper and ink in the form of life sized anthropomorphic creatures, which are installation pieces. Done entirely in ballpoint pen, ink, watercolor and colored pencil, these massive creatures are a balance between the power and physical presence of the life sized and the intensity of the dense, delicate, and time consuming detail of the ballpoint pen and ink. By installing these animals cut out on the walls they are released into our world and become characters that must be addressed in terms of our physical space, and must be granted an identity.

See more work by Caitlin Hackett HERE

2. Address is Approximate

Google Street View stop motion animation short made as a personal project by director Tom Jenkins.

Story: A lonely desk toy longs for escape from the dark confines of the office, so he takes a cross country road trip to the Pacific Coast in the only way he can – using a toy car and Google Maps Street View.

Music by the wonderfull Cinematic Orchestra ( and the track is Arrival of the Birds - please buy the fantastic album:

All screen imagery was animated - there are no screen replacements.

Produced, animated, filmed, lit, edited & graded by Tom Jenkins ( / - !NEW MAKING OF PICS ON FB PAGE! / @thetheoryUK /!/thetheoryUK).

Shot using Canon 5d MkII, Dragonframe Stop Motion software and customised slider.

3. Briony Ridley

Briony Ridley is a Melbourne-based photographer. She describes her work as an adventure or a fairytale, and says that her lack of organization on set helps lends her work an element of chance. Her series ‘Somewhere In Between’ has recently appeared in Antler Magazine.

4. Tribute to Drive

Music: Glass Candy - Digital Versicolor
Sound design: Alexandre Poirier

this very short film has been directed by Tom&Bruno for this awesome blog:

5. Team Hawaii

The tag team duo have been responsible for an repertoire of work in Aftonbladet, Appelbergs, Arla, Bonnier, Cap &Design, Dagens Nyheter, Darling, Demo Magzine, Gourmet, Great Works, H&M; Habit, Kupé, Moderna Tider, Neo, Ogilvy Frankfurt, Patriksson Communication, RFSU, Situation Stockholm och Sydsvenskan.
Comprised of Malin Grundtröm and Anne Gustavsson, they started to work together as Team Hawaii back in 2001 and quickly established a strong client base with illustrations easily recognisable by their strong sense of humor and visual concepts.
See more work by Team Hawaii HERE or HERE

6. Mound by Allison Schulnik

Film by Allison Schulnik
Cinematography by Helder K. Sun.
"It's Raining Today" written by Noel Scott Engel

7. The Bicycle Animation

Katy Beveridge About the project: 
This is a piece created to question whether it was possible to film animation in realtime. Part of my CSM 3rd year disseration project I was looking at proto animation (really early basic animation) in contemporary design. I've taken a lot of influence from other contemporary designers who are using these techniques to explore the way we look at animation and how its made. As stated on my channel I have interviewed animators such as Jim le Fevre and in my research referenced other people using this technique such as David Wilson and Tim Wheatley who did this before me. I developed this project based on what is being done in animation right now as well as a lot of primary research into the history of animation techniques.

Big Thanks to my friend Stefan Neidermeyer who did the sound. The soundtrack is made up of various bike noies recorded during the filming process which Stef then remixed to make the amazing soundtrack.

Thanks to Henry Chung ( Fernando Laposse ( and Dominic Roup and their great bikes for making an appearance.

Any Questions contact:

8. Tiger & Turtle – Magic Mountain

The walkable, large outdoor sculpture Tiger & Turtle – Magic Mountain is currently in construction on the Heinrich Hildebrand Höhe in Duisburg Wanheim (D). It overtops the plateau with the artificially heaped-up mountain by 21m | 23yd so the visitor can rise by more than 45m | 49yd above the level of the landscape and enjoy an impressive view over the Rhine.
The curved flight of stairs inscribes like a signature on the landscape and recruits the nimbus of the classical roller coaster. Having a closer look, the public is disappointed in a disarming way. The visitor climbs on foot via differently steep steps the roller-coaster-sculpture. So the sculpture subtly and ironically plays with the dialectic of promise and disappointment, mobility and standstill.

Location: Duisburg, Germany
Project Year: 2011

9. Sound Of New York

A project based upon the idea of documenting everyday street life in New York. Inspired by photos by Jacob Riis, Berenice AbbottAaron Siskind. Instead of photos - Sound. Instead of visual documentation - Audio documentation. Get lost. Dream away. Stay astray.

Lower East Side Rain by soundsofnewyork

Hear more sounds by Clara Renhuldt's Sound Of New York HERE

10. Seto Buje

Seto Buje is an Illustrator and Graphic Designer from Indonesia. He creates WPAP (Wedha’s Pop Art Portrait) which is a style of illustration portrait famous figure. Dominated from plane of flat color front, middle and back to create dimension. Formed from strong imaginary lines, create the position and proportion face shape remain the same as the original portrait with creative tracing process that not refer 100% on what is in trace.

More Information:!/setobuje