Animated short for music composer Daniel Mulhern.
Role: Design and animation.
More project information: danielhojlund.com/koan
Koan meaning: A paradoxical anecdote or riddle without a solution, used in Zen Buddhism to demonstrate the inadequacy of logical reasoning and provoke enlightenment. A problem or riddle that admits no logical solution.
Curiosity is engraved into the DNA of mankind and as a species we constantly explore to seek understanding in the world around us. Since the beginning of our time we have documented and mapped our findings on our way towards unlocking the answers hidden from us. But the more we push to pursue and unravel, the more complex and unclear our path seems to get. Perhaps we are not meant to understand everything, or be in control of the world around us. Nature was never meant to be tamed.
“What is not seen must be considered as valid as what is seen, whether it is gravity or the miracles of transubstantiation.”
We are inclined to live in our own little bubble and forget the vastness of existing reality which our eyes cannot directly see. One “knows” a world not only in the sense of recognizing it, but also in the act of shaping and “realizing” it.
We are all navigating on our private atlases. The path is not a given, but is made in the treading of it–we move by our beliefs, curiosity, and association. We keep arranging imaginary rhumbs on an ever growing map in a way we associate with successful navigation. If we pause to ponder about it, we realize that our map shows all the things we still do not know.
We are lost, disoriented, we are at sea.
In partnership with The Foundry.
For the Pause 2016.
Direction, Design, FX– Naoko Hara
Sound Design– John Blackford
Special Thanks– Andrew Pulaski, Brendan Bellomo, Gerald Mark Soto
Inspired by the words of– Roger Ames, Stephen S. Hall, Sun-Tzu, Tomas Saraceno