Mohamed Ziani

PanIK is een maatschappelijk geëngageerde animatiefilm met Mohamed in de hoofdrol (Wie ben IK in mijn omgeving?)

2017 / 04:52 / BE

Holger Czukay

Never-before-released 1968 recordings from the co-founder of Can Holger Czukay!! He played bass guitar and performed most of the recording and engineering for the group. After his departure from Can, Czukay recorded several albums. One of his trademarks was the use of shortwave radio sounds and his early pioneering of sampling in those days involving the painstaking cutting and splicing of magnetic tapes. He would tape-record various sounds and snippets from shortwave and incorporate them into his compositions. He also used shortwave as a live, interactive musical instrument (such as on 1991’s Radio Wave Surfer), a method of composition he termed radio painting. These versions of 'Ode to Perfume' and 'Fragrance' have never been released before, found when Holger was digging through his back catalogue. These are beautiful, slo mo, subtle rhythmic chuggers, Holger has added an ace vocoder effect to the original mastertapes which add to the intensity!

1981 / 04:06 / UK

UntitledPaul Cox
Paul Cox

Artist and designer Paul Cox was born in Paris in 1959. Self-taught in art, he studied art history and literature and majored on Laurence Sterne. Cox has published numerous artist’s books, children’s books, designed posters for operas and theatres, and has been a member of the AGI (Alliance Graphique Internationale) since 2003.

2014 / 00:45 / FR

Little Nemo (fragment)Winsor Mccay
Winsor Mccay

Cartoonist and artist Winsor McCay (1869-1964) is often considered the father of true animation, pioneering the drawn image in film and influencing iconic creators for generations to come, from Walt Disney to Moebius to Bill Watterson. His celebrated Little Nemo comic strip appeared in the New York Herald and New York American newspapers between 1905 and 1911. Upon the series end in print, McCay and J. Stuart Blackman, of Enchanted Drawing fame, co-directed a short silent film—though, at 10 minutes, it was practically feature-length by the standards of the early cinema era—about the process of creating comics. Winsor McCay, the Famous Cartoonist of the N.Y. Herald and His Moving Comics, also referred to simply as Little Nemo, is commonly considered one of the first bits of true animation ever created, exploring the frontiers of a then-nascent storytelling medium that we have now grown to take for granted.

1911 / 09:20 / USA

Words (kortfilm)Enle Li & Liz Xiong
Enle Li & Liz Xiong

the short video Words is an experiment by Enle Li & Liz Xiong who, without telling a particular story, have put together words, sounds and colors. Their intent was, in fact, to create a visual connection between worlds that coming together thanks to our eyes but otherwise would remain separate. Each word corresponds to the color that best describes it, in the background the sound that belongs to it. The result, despite the simplicity of the video itself, is a poetry of sounds that shakes feelings.

2017 / 02:00 / USA

Powers of tenCharles & Ray Eames
Charles & Ray Eames

Powers of Ten is one of the Eameses’ best-known films. Since it was produced in 1977, it has been seen by millions of people both nationally and internationally. As with A Communication Primer and 2n (a 2-minute Peep Show from the exhibition, Mathematica), in this film, Charles and Ray employed the system of exponential powers to visualize the importance of scale. When the Eameses came across the 1957 book by Kees Boeke, Cosmic View: The Universe in Forty Jumps, they decided to use it as the basis of a film investigating the relative size of things and the significance of adding a zero to any number. Powers of Ten illustrates the universe as an arena of both continuity and change, of everyday picnics and cosmic mystery. It begins with a close-up shot of a man sleeping near the lakeside in Chicago, viewed from one meter away. The landscape steadily moves out until it reveals the edge of the known universe. Then, at a rate of 10-to-the-tenth meters per second, the film takes us towards Earth again, continuing back to the sleeping man’s hand and eventually down to the level of a carbon atom.

1977 / 08:47 / USA

Unendurable lineDaihei Shibata
Daihei Shibata

The flip of a switch. The bounce of a spring. The collapse of a tower of blocks. If you know where to look, everyday life is filled with hidden physics–the small dramas of masses, volumes, and inertias. Through the work of Japanese artist and designer Daihei Shibata, we get a glimpse of how these moments chart out on graph paper. His short Unendurable Line, created for the Japanese TV program Design Ah and featured on Kottke, recasts the most plebeian of tasks into lovingly rendered line graphs celebrating “thresholds,” or the moments between one state of an object and another. “It expresses how things change from A to B when a parameter exceeds a certain value,” Shibata writes on Vimeo. To create the graphs, Shibata measures the objects in use with pressure and rotation sensors once. Then he re-films the task without the sensors. The rest of what you see is careful, editing magic, to align the data with the video as perfectly as possible. However, all the work was worth it. After two minutes, I can guarantee you’ll never look at flipping the light switch the same way again.

2017 / 02:04 / JP

Godard in fragmentsKogonada

In the 1960s, pioneering French New Wave filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard introduced the world to a new cinematic lexicon, generated from his innovative, auteurist style. Between 1960 and 1967 alone, he made fifteen features (beginning with his groundbreaking début, Breathless)—and it’s this period that regular Criterion Collection contributor, kogonada explores in a new video essay highlighting the iconic director’s signature themes and devices.

1960 / 06:34 / FR

Robert Kennedy Funeral TrainBritish Pathe
British Pathe

St. Patrick’s Cathedral, in New York City, was the scene of Bobby Kennedy’s funeral. His remains were thereafter placed on a “funeral train,”which was greeted by many thousands of people on its journey to Washington, D.C. Many, many crowds of people lined the tracks as the funeral train made its way to D.C. A tragedy occurred while the train was en route. Two people who wanted to greet those onboard, stepped onto the tracks. They were both killed. Bobby Kennedy now rests in Arlington Cemetery, not far from the grave of his much-loved brother Jack.

1968/ 04:43 / USA

BubblegumSonic Youth
Sonic Youth

Sonic Youth was an American rock band based in New York City, formed in 1981. Founding members Thurston Moore (guitar, vocals), Kim Gordon (bass guitar, vocals, guitar) and Lee Ranaldo (guitar, vocals) remained together for the entire history of the band, while Steve Shelley (drums) followed a series of short-term drummers in 1985, and rounded out the core line-up. Sonic Youth emerged from the experimental no wave art and music scene in New York before evolving into a more conventional rock band and becoming the most prominent of the American noise rock groups. Sonic Youth have been praised for having "redefined what rock guitar could do",using a wide variety of unorthodox guitar tunings and preparing guitars with objects like drum sticks and screwdrivers to alter the instruments' timbre. The band is considered to be a pivotal influence on the alternative and indie rock movements.

1986 / 02:49 / USA

Alexander Girard, a designers universeVitra Museum
Vitra Museum

Girard worked across the fields of architecture, interior design, textiles, and graphics to create stunning environments that greatly enriched the visual language of mid-century modernism. Girard returned color, texture, decoration, the handmade and even opulence to classic modernism, making him an important touchstone for today’s artists and designers. After to moving to Michigan in 1937, Girard established a design office and retail space in Grosse Pointe. Although he relocated to New Mexico in 1953, Girard kept his ties to Michigan as head the textile and fabric division of Herman Miller, headquartered in Zeeland, Michigan—a major purveyor of modern design worldwide. He collaborated with many designers and architects such as Charles and Ray Eames, Eero Saarinen, and George Nelson, among others.

2014 / 03:57 / USA

Buildings and wordsEd Ruscha
Ed Ruscha

An influential Los Angeles painter, printmaker, and photographer, Edward Ruscha developed a vibrant signature style of combining words, images, objects, and landscapes in deadpan ways—sometimes humorous, sometimes sinister—that associated him first with Pop art in the 1960s and then with Conceptual art in the 1970s. Trained as a commercial illustrator, Ruscha had an early interest in comic books, graphic design, typography, and serial imagery that led him to produce a now landmark series of inexpensive, large-edition artist's books comprising black-and-white photographic essays on commonplace architecture and objects. In the late 1960s and early 1970s, he began focusing on traditional printmaking, which has remained a consistent and vital part of his artistic practice. Working in screenprint, lithography, etching, and sometimes utilizing unconventional organic substances instead of inks, Ruscha has completed more than three hundred prints and some twenty artist's books to date.

2016 / 07:20 / USA

Count to ten
Matt Bieler
Matt Bieler

When making a chilling new PSA highlighting gun violence, director Matt Bieler, of Reset, was inspired by a song many '70s kids will remember from their childhood, the Sesame Street counting to twelve pinball video. Bieler's "Count to Ten" video, currently a Vimeo staff pick, is styled exactly like a film designed to teach kids how to count to 10, using the voices of kids and visualizations of numbers we see in our everyday lives, for example on bank notes, phones, road signs or playing cards. However, as the music speeds up it gradually takes a grisly turn as images of blood, guns and crime scenes are intermingled with the innocent numbers. The film actually highlights how ten children (ages 0-17) were killed or injured every day in 2016 by a gun in the United States. Bieler tells Creativity: "Everyday I read of deaths across the United States by a gun, the stories and statistics are overwhelming and the numbers continue to climb. The goal for everyone involved in this project is to stop those numbers from increasing, so we created a sing-along film that informs families of the alarming fact that 10 children are killed or harmed everyday by a gun, as sung by the voice of the children this statistics affects. By informing the viewer through song and everyday numeric imagery of this real life horror we in turn hope it inspires families to take action against gun violence and possibly save a life."

2016 / 01:12 / USA

MayokeroRoy Kafri & Vania Heymann
Roy Kafri & Vania Heymann

You may not have heard of Israeli artist Roy Kafri, but believe us when we say, you want to watch this video for his song Mayokero. The video is the work of innovative Israeli director Vania Heymann, and magically brings to life dozens of classic album covers from iconic artists. From David Bowie on the cover of Aladdin Sane, to Michael Jackson on the cover of Thriller and Bob Dylan on Highway 61 Revisited, the video shows them all beatboxing along to Kafri’s catchy tune.

2011 / 02:10 / ISR

NormanJames Patterson
James Patterson

"Norman is the animation tool that I’ve always wanted. I built it in JavaScript, it runs in a web browser and lets me animate naturally in 3D using VR controllers. Here’s the source code. To use the tool you’ll need some rather fancy VR gear."

2017 / 03:05 / USA

Beauty of mathematicsYann Pineill & Nicolas Lefaucheux
Yann Pineill & Nicolas Lefaucheux

In the above video you can see an equation, the visualization or blueprint of the equation in motion, and then the tangible object it represents. This shows that our world can be defined and examined, merely by combining numbers, symbols and concepts. For non-mathematicians (or maths enthusiasts), equations appear daunting, let alone even considered for any aesthetic qualities. The project “Beauty of Mathematics” by Yann Pineill & Nicolas Lefaucheux, take these equations, and animate them to show their true image; that these equations depict movement, describe snowflakes, or create a masterpiece of computer technology. Just like we read artworks, equations are also meant to be interpreted for their meaning, but not everyone is trained to read equations. The project reads the equations for us, translates them if you will, and we are then able to relate a series of numbers and symbols to objects in our daily lives. It is a wonderful way to begin the process of getting others interested in becoming versed in the language of mathematics. For, “mathematics, rightly viewed, possesses not only truth, but supreme beauty — a beauty cold and austere, without the gorgeous trappings of painting or music.“ - Bertrand Russell

2013 / 01:40 / USA

Iggy pop speaksAvro

Iggy Pop’s lust for life. A rare interview with the Dutch TV was filmed right after the destruction of the recording studio Iggy was set up in. He’s completely calm and astute for a crazy rocker, not to mention incredibly handsome. Watch out for his funny sneer at the end!!

1977 / 03:03 / USA

Cooper blackIndexgrafik-thomas Sipp
Indexgrafik-Thomas Sipp

Tous les jours, dans la rue, au bureau, à la maison, nous sommes en contact avec des milliers de caractères typographiques différents. Leur omniprésence s’est encore renforcée avec la multiplication des écrans qui nous environnent. Nous les lisons, nous les écrivons, nous les envoyons. Times, Futura, Helvetica, Mistral, Bodoni, Garamond , etc. Ces « sacrés caractères » sont des intimes inconnus que nous fréquentons sans même le savoir. Les douze films de cette websérie racontent les origines et les histoires toujours surprenantes de quelques-uns de nos « sacrés caractères » les plus emblématiques. Ils montrent comment chaque caractère trouve son origine dans les évolutions contemporaines, dans les domaines des techniques d’impression, des arts, de la communication de masse et de la publicité. Ils révèlent les personnalités souvent excentriques et obsessionnelles de leurs créateurs. Sculpteurs, peintres, historiens ou typographes ont consacré des années de leur vie à dessiner des caractères qui, pour certains, leur survivront pendant des siècles.

2013 / 03:04 / FR

Oil and water do not mixAnthony Burrill - Happiness Brussels
Anthony Burrill - Happiness Brussels

Happiness brussels the ‘oil & water do not mix’ poster created by british designer anthony burrill may look like another graphic poster, but the unique design is actually printed using spilt oil from the gulf of mexico. the project was organized by happiness brussels, who will donate all proceeds from the posters sold to the coalition to restore coastal louisiana. the posters are being sold for 150 euros each in a limited edition of 200 signed and numbered prints. the oil was picked up on the beaches of grand isle, louisiana and printed using silk-screening at purple monkey design in new orleans, louisiana. the printers simply used the slurry of dirt and oil as they would normal paint. the end result is a rich brown tone that is a direct reminder of the oil spill disaster.

2010 / 01:56 / BE

Blue monday coverOrchestra Obsolete
Orchestra Obsolete

New Order's Blue Monday was released on 7 March 1983, and its cutting-edge electronic groove changed pop music forever. But what would it have sounded like if it had been made 50 years earlier? In a special film, using only instruments available in the 1930s - from the theremin and musical saw to the harmonium and prepared piano - the mysterious Orkestra Obsolete present this classic track as you've never heard it before.

1983 / 04:00 / UK

ARTube: Kunst is gekkigheidW.T. Schippers

Willem Theodoor "Wim T." Schippers (Groningen, 1942) is a Dutch artist, comedian, television director, and voice actor. During the 1960s, he worked mostly as a visual artist, associated with the international Fluxus-movement. As a television writer, director, and actor he is responsible for some of the most notable and controversial shows on Dutch televisions from the 1960s to the 1990s, creating a number of lasting characters and enriching the language with terms and expressions first coined in his shows. In addition, he voiced the characters of Ernie and Kermit the Frog on the Dutch version of Sesame Street.Throughout the 1960s Schippers' work was popular with the director of the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, Willem Sandberg, who bought many of his drawings and collages.

2015 / 04:25 / NL

The kissWilliam Cobbing
William Cobbing

In 'The Kiss', the artist proposes one of his recurring themes, heads immersed in a shifting mass of clay, with arms and hands free to move. The concealing of the faces, probably referred to the pixilation that newsroom editors employ to protect speakers' identities, does not allow to understand the facial expressions of the two actors. The title 'The Kiss' causes the viewer to catch a glimpse of tenderness in the movements, but their gestures could also have other meanings, such as attempts of prevarication, of submission, of a desire to remain separate and to withdraw. By using clay the artist draws from the imaginary of man's creation of the Sumerian mythology, of the Golem, of Frankenstein by James Whale. The multiplicity of the possible interpretations of 'The Kiss', with its potential conflicting meanings, enrols itself in the researches of Artphilein Foundation on the ambiguity of language and gestures.

2004 / 01:00 / UK

Bed PeaceYoko Ono, John Lennon & Nic Knowland
Yoko Ono, John Lennon & Nic Knowland

After the recent unrest in London – that has not only impacted the UK but caused shock worldwide - Yoko Ono, artist and wife of John Lennon, has decided to share the 1969 film Bed Peace online until August 21. Directed by Ono and Lennon and filmed by Nic Knowland the 70-minute documentary was filmed in 1969 as the former Beatle and his wife spent their honeymoon in bed at the Amsterdam Hilton, talking to members of the press, before flying to Montreal, Canada to repeat their act of non-violent protest during the height of the Vietnam War. Still working for peace over four decades later, Ono hopes that the film will “give encouragement and inspiration to the activists today.” Adding, “ I want to encourage people to be reminded of and to discuss peace, in light of the UK’s recent events.”

1969 / 1:10:55 / UK

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