slow motion heart

Posted on July 30, 2009
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Peripetics by ZEITGUISED from NotForPaper on Vimeo.

I have seen a lot of video art.  Much of it looks like the disappointing efforts of art school undergraduates trying to learn software that is too sophisticated for their drug addled minds to properly understand. There is a reason for this. Even at its best, you tend to think, “why can’t I be watching this in a nice cinema, in comfortable chairs rather than standing on this cold marble floor hoping that its going to end soon.” Nonetheless, I think we have to acknowledge, that its here to stay , so when we see good stuff, we should try to encourage it as much as possible, and hope that in the mean time, galleries will start providing dedicated areas for its consumption, which will include comfortable padded seats with built in cup holders (we could call them “cinemas”).

Peripetics is a film in  “in six acts”  it was made by London-based Zeitguised for the opening exhibition at the Zirkel Gallery. Mashing plant chemistry, biology, contemporary architecture and fairytales into some very smooth surfaces creates a film that is alwasy surprising, so stick with it, as some of the most remarkable images are up the end.  They have a talent for visualisation that makes the ludicrous seem natural, like the jet engine and pumping heart that is the finale.  This Motionographer post offers insights into Zeitguised’s creative process and there’s also a behind-the-scenes video that gives a sense of how they developed their ideas. Then of course, there’s this video


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