I decided to study Physics in college because, since childhood I have been enchanted by the idea of perfection. However, while seeking a rational world, irrationality shadows every step of my journey. Is this a pursuit destined to end in a dilemma?
A film by Shixie (Xiangjun Shi)
Graduation Project at Rhode Island School of Design 2013
A Science Communication Project at Brown University Department of Physics
[Special Jury Prize] CinéGlobe 2014 Official Selection (Switzerland)
[Jury Award] NYC ACM SIGGRAPH MetroCAF 2013 (USA)
[2nd Place Student Award] ASIFA-East 2014 (USA)
[Jury Award for Best Short Film] Gold Coast International Film Festival (USA)
[Guest Feature] Cusp Conference 2014 (USA)
[Official Selection] The Life Sciences Film Festival 2014 (Czech)
[Official Selection] 1st Ahvaz International Science Film Festival (Iran)
[Official Selection] 2015 Florida Film Festival (USA)
[Official Selection] 2014 Third Thursday RIIFF Encore (USA)
[Official Selection] 2014 İstanbul Animation Festival (Turkey)
[Official Selection] 2014 Flickers: Rhode Island International Film Festival (USA)
[Official Selection] 15th annual Woodstock Film Festival 2014 (USA)
[Official Selection] Annecy International Animation Film Festival 2014 (France)
[Official Selection] International Science Film Festival Pariscience 2014 (France)
[Official Selection] 16th Très Court International Film Festival (France)
[Official Selection] Tricky Women 2014: Up & Coming Talents (Austria)
[Official Selection] Noida International Film Festival 2014 (India)
[Official Selection] Disposable Film Festival 2014 (USA)
[Official Selection] 20th World of Women’s Cinema: WOW Film Festival & Tour 2014 (Australia)
[Official Selection] 10th NYC Downtown Short Film Festival 2013 (USA)
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In 1958 a World's Fair was held in Brussels, Belgium and to mark this monumental occasion they built the Atomium. Designed by André Waterkeyn its structure—steel-clad spheres connected by tubes to form a square—mimics the structure of an iron crystal magnified billions of times. Fast forward 55 years and now, inside this iconic building, resides a light installation called -Infinity, a collaboration between Joanie Lemercier and Visual System.
It's part of a summer exhibition entitled ID#2013 Poème Numérique inspired by Le Corbusier and Xenakis' innovative video installation Poeme Electronique which featured at the 1958 Expo.
For the site-specific installation -Infinity the artists investigate "the spatial qualities of light". Sticks of LEDs ride up the interior of one of the spheres, augmenting the structure and responding to sounds and tone—this is complemented by a "polygon planet" suspended from the ceiling, built by Joanie Lemercier as a cardboard origami structure which has visuals projected onto it (text by Kevin Holmes).
Team Joanie Lemercier:
Olivier Ratsi, Unc et Adrien Boulanger "BOU"
Julien Guinard, Vincent Obadia, Benjamin Lorthioir,Ambroise Mouline, Pierre Gufflet, Joachim Correia, Ian Castronovo, Le Tone, Tom Modeste, Sebastien Escudie, Thierry Pillet et Valère Terrier
Création musicale originale pour - ∞
Thanks to Henri Simons, Arnaud Bozzini, Johan Vandenperre and all the Atomium Team
The video is part of an overall concept for 13&9 design that revolves around the soul of the design itself. As we have been supporting the label from the very beginning on, the conception phase was also a collaborative process of discovery with the owners, focussing on the true essence of their brand.
We wanted to capture the contrasts found in 13&9 design (man/woman, black/white, angular/curved) and present them timelessly in the video, reducing the broad product range to the very core of any design, namely points, lines and surfaces.
Everything in the video comes from the brand itself. We didn’t want to add or invent anything that didn’t already exist. Even the use of dancers as a neutral projection surface – representing the idea (or soul) of the designer – stems from the history of 13&9.
Moreover the video pays homage to great thinkers such as Walt Whitman, Thomas Moore and Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, whose thoughts on the human soul are displayed as projected extracts in the video.
We knew early on that instead of taking the usual approach of relying on post production techniques we wanted to work with typography, graphic design and animations live on set. As a result, creating these projections and carrying out the tests and rehearsals was the most important and time-consuming part of the collaboration after the concept phase.
The video was filmed in one day in a studio with minimal basic lighting and a powerful digital projector. The projections were in part adapted and edited on set.
A Super+ CONCEPT 1:30 PRODUCTION
DIRECTED BY Super+, CINEMATORAPHER Gerald Kerkletz, DANCER Julia Mach & Filip Szatarski, UPM Julia Hofer, FOCUS PULLER Marcos Pieta Joge, GAFFER Tommy Münster, ELECTRICIAN Christian Angermayr, VOLUNTEER Georg Weiss, MAKE UP Christopher Koller, PROJECTIONS & POST PRODUCTION Super+, MUSIC & SOUND 13&9 (Severin Su & A.Lord), SPECIAL THX Susanne Thomanek.