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Art Dance Photography

Kylli Sparre’s Surreal Conceptual Photography Influenced by Dance

October 8, 2013

Christopher Jobson

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After years of training to become a professional ballet dancer, artist Kylli Sparre realized it wasn’t the path for her and instead channeled passion for dance into photography and image manipulation. The influence of her past career is immediately apparent when viewing her conceptual photographs that depict posed figures, taunt with energy, at the peak of choreographed motion. You can follow her work over on Facebook, Flickr and prints are available by request. (via Fubiz)

 

 



Art Dance

Nuance: Dancing with Light

September 16, 2013

Christopher Jobson

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In this new short from Marc-Antoine Locatelli, dancer Lucas Boirat is seen battling with various geometric forms of light that launch and morph as part of a carefully choreographed dance that marries human motion with motion graphics. It reminded me a bit of Proeigon. Gifs courtesy Vimeo.

 

 



Art Dance

Choros: A Transfixing Experimental Dance Film by Michael Langan & Terah Maher

February 27, 2013

Christopher Jobson

Released three weeks ago after a year on tour at various film festivals, Choros is the latest experimental art film from director Michael Langan that explores the movement of the human body, specifically the motion of dancer Terah Maher. Choros follows in the steps of Eadweard Muybridge, Etienne-Jules Marey, and Norman McLaren, all of whom spent years studying the physical moment of animals and humans through film. Langan takes the next step using new digital innovations to layer some 32 sequential instances of a single movement and then stretch it out over time. Set to Steve Reich’s Music for 18 Musicians, the 13-minute video is pulsating, hypnotic, and flat out lovely to watch. You can read more about it over at Short of the Week.

 

 



Animation Dance

Michael Jackson’s Signature Dance Moves Animated in Lego by Annette Jung

February 22, 2013

Christopher Jobson

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This is a fun clip by Berlin-based animator Annette Jung of Talking Animals that captures a sizeable repertoire of Michael Jackson’s dance moves using only pixelated Lego bricks. The sound really adds to the experience, headphones/speakers recommended. (via laughing squid)

 

 



Dance Photography

Time-lapse Images of Nude Dancers Created with 10,000 Individual Photographs

December 27, 2012

Christopher Jobson

NY-based photographer Shinichi Maruyama created these lovely photographs using nearly 10,000 individual photographs of a nude dancer in motion. The abstract images remind me of Japanese ink wash painting, as if the figures were created by the stroke of a thick brush, which is not unsurprising considering Maruyama’s previous work with water sculptures. Of the photos Shin says:

I tried to capture the beauty of both the human body’s figure and its motion. The figure in the image, which is formed into something similar to a sculpture, is created by combining 10,000 individual photographs of a dancer. By putting together uninterrupted individual moments, the resulting image as a whole will appear to be something different from what actually exists. With regard to these two viewpoints, a connection can be made to a human being’s perception of presence in life.

See much more on his website. All images courtesy the artist. (via kottke, petapixel)

 

 



Dance Music

Amazing Cross-Continental Collab Between Beatboxer ‘Hikakin’ & Legendary Dancer ‘Non-stop’

June 29, 2012

Christopher Jobson

Since flailing around and screaming at my computer upon discovering dancer Non-stop last year I’ve been itching to post another clip of his wobbly, boneless yet exquisitely controlled movements. And there hasn’t been a shortage. He’s since appeared in numerous commercials, performances, and other clips including this wonderful cross-continental collaboration with beatboxer Hikakin. (via the awesomer)

 

 



Art Dance

Ballerina by Banksy

May 25, 2012

Christopher Jobson

Banksy recently updated his website with a number of new works that have been making the rounds the last day or so. My favorite new artwork is this simple piece depicting a spray-painted ballerina delicately traversing the string on the back of a picture frame like a tightrope. What fun and thoughtful execution. (via the fox is black)

 

 

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