Casey Curran, maker of weird and strangely endearing kinetic art.
I stumbled upon the work of Casey Curran the other day, as a result of a friend ( a real one, not a Facebook one) posting one of his videos on their Facebook page, and was truly taken with his work.
As you will see in the following videos, his “machines” have a curious delicacy about them, and on first glance seem to be alive, but very quickly that feeling fades away and one becomes aware that one is looking at an incredibly delicate machine, one that replicates in its own way the vastly speeded up life cycle of a plant.
This first video from his website shows very well what it is I mean as I think you will agree once you have seen it.
I am not sure if the music is simply a sound track for the video or if you actually hear music when the piece is being played in a gallery. However that may be, I think this video demonstrates very well the work of this extraordinary artist. The machinery that makes it happen is almost as much fun as the art work itself – though to be honest, I rather assume that it should be seen as a whole, and no separation between the moving, and the machinery that drives the movement.
As it is all made from bits of twisted metal wire, this obviously makes it move in a slightly jerky fashion, but I don’t find this any sort of a problem in fact, for me it merely strengthens the feeling that it is alive – though I expect this feeling is made stronger by seeing the work on a video rather than in the flesh as it were – lends it a sort of stuttery time exposure effect that we are used to seeing on TV documentaries.
That last one was worked by some sort of motor, but a lot of his works are simply provided with a hand crank, also made from relatively thin wire – not sure how that would bear up under over enthusiastic use – which gives the machine a very jerky movement, as you can see in the video below. Continue reading “Casey Curran – Curiously insect-like Sculptures”
This video which apparently is intended to make you feel better, has totally captivated me. A very hypnotic creature.
Here is a truly odd fish of an animation. Apparently its purpose is to make you feel better if you should be feeling down.
To be honest, I am not sure if it would achieve that simple aim, as it is so darned spooky and off the wall. Its protagonist is a totally unsympathetic sort of soft and shiny pink naked creature, somewhat humanoid who talks in a very odd voice, sort of syrupy – telling you how much “he” likes you.
Oh well, rather than me blathering on about it, I think it best if I simply shut up and let you experience it for yourself – So here it is.
Occasionally I get overwhelmed by a desire to help teachers – probably owing to the fact that my mother was a teacher, and my wife is a teacher. When this hits me, I simply go with it and see if I can find anything that might be a help.
So today’s offering will take the form of several static images that I feel might spark off a stream of creative writing, a curious and powerful video that might equally give rise to some ideas worth putting on paper, and as the cream on the cake, a piece of music that will assuredly get under your skin and make it unavoidable that your students will be moved into a totally different plane of experience when they hear it… and thus cause them to produce such flights of fantasy that you will be astounded. Or at least that is my fervent hope.
So let us begin with the static images. I have selected three types in the hope that one at least will give your students the start they need to create a story that will take off and be fun to read and consider…..
Here are a handful of weird and wonderful animations that I have come across in my wanderings deep in the bowels of Youtube – A habit of mine, you understand.
Some of these animations are peaceful and dreamy, such as the first one, which is basically an animation all about going on an acid trip (LSD), which I came across the other day and fell in love with at once. It has such a gentle and amiable feeling about it, as you will see.
It doesn’t really need anything much being said about it, as it speaks perfectly well for itself. One of those little films that is complete in itself. I have to admit that I really loved the music and sound effects as well, they set the mood so admirably.
This next one however, which reasonably enough (watch it and you will see why I say that) is called Greed, and is a very different kettle of fish. Edgy, aggressive, and frightening, it is a sort of allegory about life. Not a gentle or friendly film at all, but worth watching I feel. And it does have a very obvious moral to it as well……..
See what I mean?
Next I offer you a German film, which is called Creation, and is – obviously – all about the creation of life on our planet, but in a very different way to the normal approach to this process….. As the guy who made the film says:
“The film depicts the creation of the world through playful images that draw parallels with the creative process associated with art. It focuses on the problems and dangers involved. But all’s well that ends well – because we’re at the movies”
There is nothing useful I can say about this film, except that it is wonderful, silly, superb and thoroughly worth watching – all 5 minutes of it.
As will be obvious from the first moment,it is a spoof on The Shining, which is a very different order of film.
This one is crude, rude, but very funny, and superbly inventive, and I simply had to share it with you.
If you want to find out more about the guys who made this film, why they felt the need to make it, the thought processes they went through and similar interesting points, then you can do no better than to head on to HEREto find out all of the above.
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