Genre : Avant-pop
3’10 min – Technique : stop motion / video
8 500 photos, 400 printed photos burning, 10 liters of gasoline, 1kg of powder.
Directed, filmed and produced by Christophe Thockler
Extract from the Album Divine Love, composed by Victoria + Jean (Stockholm - SE)
I previously worked on a project involving ice melting, the video Cusp for Mimi Goese & Ben Neill (vimeo.com/29781924), and since that day, I have been thinking about creating a stop motion video only with fire, sparks, flames, smoke and explosions.
When Victoria and Jean asked me to choose a track to work with, I was immediately blown away by the powerful energy of Why Won't You, and fire immediately came back to mind. This piece of music was a perfect playground for me to play with rhythm, stop motion fast paced sequences, and of course, onirism and symbolism.
With this video, I wanted to do something I had never done before, a sort of metaphorically sensual piece of work. If you pay close attention to details (spherical elements, flames dancing, getting closer and mixing, bursts of fire, sparkles exploding in tunnels...) and to how the video is semiotically constructed, like a climax with epiphany moments, it should become a bit obvious. Shooting this video alone was quite an artistic challenge, but a very playful one.
1 Minute Study of 10 Beats
A sensory encounter of rhythmic cycles and percussive languages.
The rhythms usually performed by hands on the tabla drums, are translated into full body movements as the torso is marked with Kanku (the red pigment traditionally used in Hindu ceremonies to mark a dot on the forehead). The chanting and clapping form part of an ancient percussive language, which in this instance, shapes the 10 beats called Jhaptaal.
Camera, Edit & Direction: Hetain Patel Performer & Vocals: Hetain Patel
In 2004, having graduated just a year earlier, Hetain Patel received the decibel award from Arts Council England, East Midlands. Since then, his photography, video and live works have been exhibited nationally and internationally.
Hetain’s work examines various sensory forms of language, communication and cultural identity. Often using his own body as a site for these discussions, he strives to find a connection with his heritage through the exploration of physics, rituals and Indian classical music. Employing techniques ranging from fashion photography to tabla drumming, he is interested in processes. This he believes is often where work becomes less culture specific and more about the general communication between bodies.
Having just completed a two-year residency at Lakeside Arts Centre Nottingham, and continuing to tour his Sine Language exhibition nationally with beatboxer Jason Singh, Hetain is currently working on a number of new collaborations with dancers, musicians and electrical engineers.
60 one-minute films from 60 artists, 20 each from Britain, India and Pakistan.
Commissioned by motiroti via open call both established and emerging artists, working in a variety of mediums and spanning a wide age range, present their unique views on 'home'. Looking beyond media, political and religious definitions, 60x60 Secs unravels complex identities and stories, and redefines cultures that are evolving in an age of globalisation. webarchive.org.uk/wayback/archive/20131205135508/http://www.360degrees.tv/60x60/
Artists specialising in new media were appointed as Creative Associates in India and Pakistan. Working as curators, mentors and producers, they were called upon to build alliances and open doors for intercultural dialogue and engagement.
Nila Madhab Panda (India)
Shalalae Jamil (Pakistan)