An experimental short featuring a dancer going inside her dreamy inner thoughts.
You may have already come across Jungle’s Platoon video featuring the incredible six-year-old B-Girl Terra (i.e coolest girl on the planet). Well, after obsessing over that track for a while, I can’t get enough of The Heat. Like Platoon, a simple backdrop sets the scene, but what looks like an abandoned warehouse is soon transformed into a stage for the smoothest roller-skating I have ever seen. The featured duo is part of the High Rollaz UK skate crew, whose self-described aim is to “to inspire and share their skill and love for skating with the world.” How awesome is that?! Though Jungle have only released two videos, a coherent visual aesthetic and philosophy is already becoming apparent. I love the fact that, in conjunction with making great music, they are providing space to showcase other amazing talent.
Jungle’s motivations are clearly not focused on stealing the spotlight—they are notorious for their enigmatic ways, refusing to give any clear clues to their identity. It seems that the core duo goes by “J” and “T” in interviews, working with a growing group of musicians and cohorts. Check out their live performance of Platoon at BBC studios, it’s all shadows and mystery in black and white, and their live set sounds seamless.
Jungle’s music is texturally rich, it hooks you in with its mesmeric grooves, soulful vocals, electro-funk influences and 80s hip-hop nostalgia. I am seriously addicted, I have played their four existing tracks at least twice every day for the past two weeks. If you haven’t listened to them yet, click play and get ready to get hooked! And check out their website for tour dates, they will be playing in Europe, the U.K and the U.S throughout March.
Flatness is an audio synchronized video creation with capability of being displayed solely as a silent piece for frontier’s media contest.
Once in a while you come across something so gobsmackingly amazing you can’t wait to share it with everyone you know. I have been a bit beside myself waiting for an opportunity to post this magical claymation video by artist Allison Schulnik. “Eager” is set in a fantastical world of dancing ghostly figures, swaying carnivorous flowers, a boneless horse and creatures that melt from one state into another. In this world everything is melting, oozing, growing, merging and transforming. The only constant is change, as the cyles of life and death swiftly flow into one-another.
Claymation is a bit of a favourite of mine when it come to animation, and I have never seen it been manipulated in this way. Schulnik has an incredible mastery of the material, managing to guide dancers through mesmerising movements, and mould the faces of flowers into monsters in a seamless transition. Prior to her current reincarnation of an artist she studied dance, this explains the deft skill with which she evokes such elegant movement from clay. The video is accompanied by a perfectly matched soundtrack— a haunting bespoke piece of music by Aaron M Olsen.
Allison Schulnik is an artist that works in several mediums, though her work is populated with a host of recurring characters and landscapes. Her paintings, often huge in scale, are rendered in thickly textured, whirling globs of paint, making the progression to claymation seem quite natural. Schulnik still paints, exhibiting on a regular basis. She has made several animations, including a video for Grizzly Bears’ “Ready, Able” and has taken part in multiple film festivals. What an inspiring maker! But enough words, dim the lights and get ready for a mesmerising journey. The video starts off slow, but stay with it and be greatly rewarded.
Are you into creating moving images? Do you want to travel and get exhibited?
15-60 seconds of awesomeness packaged into a short video is all you need to enter the Frontier VisionFest competition. Keen? Well you should be, the grand prize will blow your mind – an all inclusive scholarship with flights to ArtFest, Santa Fe in the U.S of A! ArtFest is three weeks of creative wizardry with workshops held by international experts, covering multiple disciplines in art and design. This is your ultimate opportunity to travel and grow as and artist / designer.
On top of this the best work will be exhibited at the Outdoor Vision Fest, a series of events with environmental and interactive projections around the campus of the Santa Fe University of Art and Design. Add this to your resume!
Sounds like a dream? Well it’s not, so get to work!