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Tribute to Len Lye: Surface Movement: Hugo Arcier

Tribute to Len Lye: Surface Movement: Hugo Arcier

Don't know who Len Lye is?  

New Zealand born artist that focuses on experimental film and kinetic art. Quite what we're attracted to. I confess I didn't know who Len Lye is until I saw the amazing ensamble of Mr. Hugo Arcier. 

This film is a tribute to artist and director Len Lye in the shape of a friendly confrontation between analog and digital. In most of his films, Len Lye uses a very particular technique: film scratching. Not only his medium is analog (the film) but also his work is completely manual, with a tool reduced to its bare minimum. This can seem contrary to the very technical world of computer generated images. And yet to me, it seemed judicious to combine these two universes and to show the influence that Len Lye’s films were able to have on my work and in a more general way, the fact that computer generated images do not represent a departure, but fall well within the continuity of artistic movements that preceded them. Even if the idea is attractive, for me, digital technology was never a revolution in the sense of a complete change of paradigm, I consider it rather as an evolution allowing to optimize, to improve or simply transform the existing The original music created for Surface movement – surface light by the composer Thomas Mercier was thought of in this same logic of analog material transmuted by digital technology. As in Len Lye’s films, this soundtrack multiplies the synchronous events with the image so that they become an inseparable unit.     

 

Something by the great Len Lye

This early experimental film premiered at the London Film Society. It imagines the beginning of life on earth, as single-cell creatures evolve into species with distinct identities.

Enjoy the early days of motion graphics. 

Character Design jam collaboration: The Doodle Project: Dante Zaballa

Character Design jam collaboration: The Doodle Project: Dante Zaballa

Hydraulic synapse: Nerve: Wen Zhu

Hydraulic synapse: Nerve: Wen Zhu