"Doorcuts": Exploring Infinite Portals

As we all know, doors are portals to places that can be both good and bad. In filmmaker/artist Zak Tatham’s new short “Doorcuts”, a young girl navigates a world of various doors that lead her through physical and virtual type spaces. It’s all fun and games until door upon door leads her into an unnerving, never ending world of real and imagined spaces and places. The goal of the film was to explore our online identities and how they can define our real life identities. These portals control us, in a way. A scary (but fun in short film form) truth, indeed! A fascinating, relevant watch, be sure to read Tatham’s interview over at The Creators Project and watch the short here.

VR is always finding new ways to astound us and change up the playing field. Take for example, Tilt Brush by Google. By simply setting up your HTC Hive and installing Steam, you can be painting in 3D space with virtual reality in no time! They call it: “Painting from a new perspective”. Indeed! Though it’s already a truly immersive experience in its own right, the audio-reactive painting brush feature will take it to a whole new level. Head on over to The Creators Project to check out the psychedelic video demo and get prepped for a new way of “seeing” sound!

Each summer, deep in the mangrove forests of Thailand, fireflies come out and illuminate in droves. Artists Robin Meier and André Gwerder saw this as an opportunity to experiment and “question the idea of free will” by creating a rather lovely use of technology in nature. Setting about a few firefly mimicking LED lights to flash on and off at intervals, their resulting film shows that the fireflies started to respond to the LEDs, flashing in synchronocity. The experiment even became an installation at Wood Street Galleries in PA, where fireflies and crickets responded to the lights set up by the two artists. For more information about the artists, the project and a teaser of the full film, “Synchroncity (Thailand)”, head on over to The Creator's Project.

Directed by Pask D’Amico and scored by Al-Maranca, “L’illusion de Joseph” is a lovely throwback animation that honors Joseph Plateau, a Belgian physicist who played a part in developing the phenakistoscope. D’Amico says about the film: ”Virtual reality, 360-degree videos, social networks, video games that look like movies and movies that resemble video games: I think that most of the entertainment's world nowadays has become monstrous and it is no longer just eyes' illusion, but often illusion of the mind." Enjoy the fun little film here!

 Over in the NEON arts district in Norfolk, Virginia, a new kind of interactive mural has popped up that changes shapes and colors in relation to the viewer’s proximity to the images. Under the glow of a rainbow of lights, illustrator Jason Levesque’s work, titled “Transparent Seas”, features four women composed of different layers and painted in a variety of pigments that are only revealed under certain lights and colors. Reactive sensors are what adjust the color casts on the mural and allow it to morph before our very eyes. What makes the sensors react? The viewer! Depending on how close or far away the viewer gets, the lights will adjust, revealing different images under the glow of the changing colors! To learn more about this morphing, interactive piece of street art and watch it in action, click here.

While developments in the digital video synth world are making leaps and bounds, we can’t forget the fun of playing around with analog systems. Melbourne-based animator & sound designer, Robert Jordan, still sees the demand and has created a new Video Equation system that allows users to create all kinds of twisting colors, shapes and patterns. Jordan’s goal was to create a visual instrument that people could think of as a sort of video drum machine. The system uses math to create, as Jordan says, “rippling lo-fi seas of color, acid trip roguelikes, glitching fractals, visions of an 80s techno dream and worlds of crashing computer programs.” Interested? Read more about the project here and be sure to check out the Video Equations Kickstarter

A transcendent experience now greets visitors at the rainbow-hued, geometric facade of a local chapel in Youssofia, Morocco. Street artist Okuda San Migual has covered the church in his signature eye-catching & multicolored shapes. Giving his art a higher level of power and spiritualism through the canvas of a church, the piece, entitled 11 Mirages of Freedom, is part of the British Council sponsored Street Art Caravane. The movement is taking place around Morocco and is helping to build an art community around the country. To check out more images of this spiritual prism-like artwork, read here.