<p>Check out the three reader-submitted works we’ll be screening in Beijing.</p>
Last week we announced an amazing opportunity to screen your work at our upcoming 3-day launch event in Beijing. We sifted through dozens of submissions of music videos, stop motion animation, and experimental video art—the amount of great content was truly a testament to the immense creativity of TCP readers. It was a tough call, but in the end we chose three very diverse finalists whose works showcase a range of creative styles.
We just couldn’t wait until Beijing to share these awesome videos with the world, so we’re giving you a sneak peek here. Comment below to let us know which submission is your favorite and we’ll do a blog feature on the artist here.
Kenzo Digital – The Dee & Ricky Super Happy Fun Time Show
Up first, we have Kenzo Digital, who is no stranger to the Creators Project blog, having appeared in our Creators Project Spotlight previously. Kenzo is no stranger to the film festival circuit either—he’s screened at Tribeca Film Festival, Mill Valley Film Festival, and was a nominee for the Rockefeller Film Fellowship. It’s no surprise though, given that this guy calls Nam June Paik (as in, THE father of video art) his mentor.
For the screening, we’ll be showing an episode of the yet-to-be-released The Dee & Ricky Super Happy Fun Time Show, which features NY-based accessories designers Dee & Ricky. We fell in love with Kenzo’s colorful stop-motion animation film at first sight—come on, you know we have a soft spot for LEGO animations and pixel art. The show has a Pee Wee’s Playhouse kind of feel to it, or like being inside a Pac Man video game. Needless to say, we can’t wait to see more episodes released!
Christian Weber – Somatic
Lest you think we’re just a bunch of vapid nerds who’ll go nuts for anything ‘80s nostalgia (we will, but we have a deeper, more cerebral side, too!), take a look at this hauntingly beautiful work from filmmaker Christian Weber. While we’re not exactly sure what exactly a lion waking up to an afternoon snack has to do with a scanner (or whatever that mysterious piece of equipment in the video is)—is there some sort of deeper meaning here? perhaps a commentary on how man’s primal, animalistic tendencies are being stifled in the digital age?—we were totally won over by the quiet, captivating beauty of this piece. The video builds tension throughout—aided by the slightly creepy and unsettling soundtrack courtesy of Nine Inch Nails—and never really resolves itself, leaving goosebumps long after the credits start rolling.
Ryan Nethery – A Thousand Eyes
This submission from Ryan Nethery is by far the most abstract of the three—rendering footage shot around New York City into a colorful blur of flashing lights and circles set to a soundtrack recorded from the artist’s Epson printer. The piece was originally created in conjunction with Abecedarium: NYC project through the New York Public Library, an interactive online exhibition that reflects on the history, geography, and culture—both above and below ground—of New York City through 26 unusual words. Nethery’s word of inspiration was “Bibliomancy,” which means “the use of books in divination.” To create this piece, Nethery flipped to a random page in Siddhartha and let the passage he found there guide him in the making of this video. The result is a work of experimental video art that captures the energy and spirit of NYC without making explicit reference to it.
Comment below to let us know which submission is your favorite and we’ll do a blog feature on the artist here.