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Try Not To Nod Off When I’m Cutting Around Your Ears

“Try Not To…” is a collaboration between myself and Italian ‘hand-crafted animation’ artist Tuia Cherici.

The music is an electroacoustic composition built from a series of short, haphazard improv sessions laid on the operating table for an extensive array of digital splicing and processing. As a chain of causality emerged from the interactions between sonic elements, so did a cloud of potential meanings and associations that both gave rise to the title of the piece and provided an entry point for Tuia Cherici’s visual creation.

The animation explores the ways an image and its behavior can relate synesthetically to a sound – through color, form, action, meaning, timing, texture, chance. It is an experiment of combining all these layers of perception in an interpretation of the musical composition.

Realization techniques are based on
  • Handmade stop-and live motion of organic and non organic items
  • Handmade animation of the edited video

The first edited version was re-animated by projection on different surfaces, filmed through different lenses, and re-edited in accordance with the specific sound textures.

The materials and their transformations guide a narrative that develops into a glance at a grotesque, post-human creature, the nature of its activity expressing the mysteries of birth and the disruption of its components.

“Try Not To…” premiered at DLECTRICITY Nuit Blanche Detroit 2014 at the Video Center Exhibition at the George R. N’Namdi gallery curated by Michaela Mosher. It has also been screened at Spread Art @detroitcontemporary, Bushwick Open Studios 2015 (NY), and the Theatre Image Forum (Shibuya, Tokyo).