Visions of the Invertebrate is a dance of geometric shapes set to electronic sounds, a collaboration between artist Edwin Rostron and musician Supreme Vagabond Craftsman.
Collaborating with a musician opened up possibilities in Rostrom’s storyline: “Supreme Vagabond Craftsman and I wanted to make something where his music and text came first, and the visuals followed. He gave me recordings; I started animating. I showed him the drawings, and he gave me more sounds. It continued like this until it reached a natural conclusion. I like something unnatural and artificial in electronic sounds, and I wanted to connect with that sound through straight lines and movements.”
Rostron creates motion that could more easily be approximated with animation programs, but feels his labor intensive process of drawing each frame on its own is necessary, for it allows him to dissolve the thinking mind into the visual art: “I didn’t use the programs that I could have used to move the shapes–it is all drawing after drawing! There are 12.5 different drawings per second and thousands of separate drawings in the whole film. I draw one shape, put it on a lightbox, and redraw it again, moving it a little further in the direction it’s going, making it slightly bigger or smaller if it’s changing shape.”
“While I could achieve motion more easily with software, I wanted to not know what would happen next; I wanted to draw the next tiny change and the next tiny change but never consciously know where it was going. This is my ‘thinking through doing.’”
Edwin Rostron: edwinrostron.net/
Supreme Vagabond Craftsman: facebook.com/pages/Supreme-Vagabond-Craftsman/325635444144277