The brief was to create a series of moving images of nature in a unique and compelling way, to be displayed on screens in Addison‘s Corporate lobby.
Our approach was to express the essence of nature, to break the images down to the basic elements of colour, texture and movement. This simple yet striking interpretation inspired the audience, encouraging them to relax while using their imagination to view the world in a new way.
Working with pianist composer Lola Perrin, we created a series of 3 videos projected for her third piano suite “Perpetual Motion”.
A series of moving paintings with water as brushstrokes, colour and texture, challenging the audience by showing them nature in a unique and melodious way. The cooperation was a great success as evidenced by the press.
"Parts of Perpetual Motion were accompanied by visuals by Thomas Gray, abstract images derived from natural forms such as animal fur, running water or grass blowing in the wind. This marriage of sound and visuals was as good as any I have seen, even the works of Philip Glass and Godfrey Reggio - praise indeed." - http://www.allaboutjazz.com
The work is " hauntingly compelling " - The Guardian
"draws on the imagination of the listener " - Berliner Morgenpost
"has a simplicity that is unique in contemporary music " - Straight No Chaser
project – On-stage concert visuals
music – Lola Perrin
format – Digital for projection
This video was in no way manipulated on a computer.
After many years’ working in video art, The Gray Circle has developed a unique style of digitally recording nature. Every image in this sequence was created live in camera. By experimenting and manipulating the manual settings of a digital video camera we were able to create unexpected interpretations of nature, live in the viewfinder to be recorded. Nature has infinite variety in its beauty, but we wanted to find a new way of interpreting the images while working on location.
It was also important for the work to entertain our viewers as well as challenge their imagination.
Music is by Lola Perrin from her Perpetual Motion Suite.
Dance movements in nature, including underwater plants, field weeds and tree branches swinging in the wind, were projected on-stage during Roland Perrin’s concert, which embodied his belief "I make classical music that grooves."
"Joyful, pensive and poignant" Jazz Review says, "Roland's compositions blend Classical music structures, world music rhythms and the sound of freedom that is jazz at its best."
Project – Roland Perrin Concert
Client – New Quays Concert Series
Music – Roland Perrin
Urban Abstract was created by Jopsu Ramu and Timo Ramu (ex. Huhtala) - creative team and founders of Musuta Ltd. Jopsu Ramu is a young female designer and Creative Director of Musuta Ltd. Timo Ramu is her creative partner and manager of Musuta Ltd.
This digital art piece was commissioned by TV Nelonen / channel 4 Finland and it was shown as the November break bumpers on one of the biggest commercial TV channels in Finland: TV Nelonen.
Urban Abstract has been highly awarded, it has won bronze / in book award in D&Ad awards in London, Bronze in European Design awards in Rotterdam and most recently it won a Gold Lion from design category in Cannes Lions.
Urban Abstract -piece was born in Tokyo during 2009. It consists of 40 X five second clips or it can be viewed as a one 200 second journey.
The website urban-abstract.com works as a part of the piece and creates an extra dimension for the clips shown on TV.
URBAN ABSTRACT - About the concept:
Urban Abstract is a journey across urban space that unfolds in forty, 5 second parts. The journey, in one, two and three dimensions, is a bit like abstract surfing in which the original destination is only reached after a number of seemingly random yet linked detours occur. Points , lines, planes and other abstract elements create a journey through an Urban Abstract.
The space between things is as important as intended space, perhaps creating a fourth dimension. Meaningful shapes and purposes occur in this dimension's reality as well. The concept of negative space has meaning here.
Nature plays a part as well. To be able to understand and differentiate what is urban one has understand what is nature.
The style of the shorts is fluid and, though seemingly random, stream into a cohesive whole. Perhaps watching them in a different order would be more like seeing the same journey from another point of view. The sound world is also very important -- movement in space is sensed even if watching the shorts with eyes closed. Sounds overlap, fade, come and go.
Architectural, abstract, someway minimalist and abstract with a touch of humanity.
This feeling is reached through mixing techniques such as vectors , hand drawn lines and painting.
Urban Abstract was realized in Tokyo by a team of artists, designers and animators from Finland and Japan. Urban Abstract was created by Jopsu Ramu from Musuta Ltd, a concept, art & design -studio based in Tokyo and Helsinki.
About the creators:
Jopsu Ramu (born 1982). She is a young Finnish designer and an art director who runs her own business Musuta Ltd. Ramu creates art, graphic design, space & design.
Timo Ramu (ex. Huhtala) manager and creative partner of Musuta Ltd.
Musuta Ltd. is a Finnish creative studio operating in and between Helsinki & Tokyo. Musuta is a multidisciplinary design studio that makes art, space, design, graphics, concepts & branding.
Musuta produces Ramu's personal art work as well as creates commercial work for different clients including: Iittala, Hartwall, Pepsi Co., Kawada Group, TV Nelonen etc.
Channel Four Finland – Nelonen Nationwide commercial tv-channel Offers second-highest reach and is the third-largest advertising medium in Finland nelonen.fi
If you embed or publish the Urban Abstract -video on blogs etc. please keep in mind to mention and credit the creators. The video should not be altered or edited in any way without permission from the creators.
Creative Director Jopsu Ramu MUSUTA
Art Director Jopsu Ramu MUSUTA
Design&Storyboard Jopsu Ramu MUSUTA
Opening scene artwork Shun Kawakami artless Inc.
Calligraphy Gen Miyamura
Sound Chikao Maruyama
Producer Timo Ramu (ex. Huhtala) MUSUTA
Animation&Production: Mitsutomo Maeda & Masaru Ikeda EDP graphic works
Project management Tokyo Masaji Kinoshita / shirofuchi Inc.
Executive Producer MUSUTA Ltd.
Special thanks Taisuke Koyama, Brian Kaszonyi
Created by MUSUTA Ltd. - Jopsu Ramu & Timo Ramu (ex. Huhtala)