Welcome to the November watch list, where we have found visual inspiration from all sorts of places.
Destino - Salvador Dali and Walt Disney
Destino is an animated collaboration between two historical icons- surrealist Salvador Dali and animator Walt Disney. Despite the project beginning in 1948, the actual animated short was not finished until 2003. Defined by its beautiful amalgamation of two very distinctive art styles, the short tells the story of Chronos and a mortal woman named Dahlia.
Filmstudie - Hans Richter
I’ll admit, I don’t really know much about abstract filmmakers, but I came across the video randomly one day. Featuring bizarre black and white images and tonnes of flashing lights, this short by Richter belongs to the early abstract movement. Richter himself is a German painter, graphic artist and film producer in the early twentieth century, and created many bizarre works of art. If images of flying eyeballs and floating heads is your aesthetic, then you’ll really like this experimental short.
I first watched Persepolis around seven years ago and was immediately captivated by the animation style and dark undertones of the story. The French animation is based of Marjane Satrapi’s autobiographical novel of the same name and details her life growing up in the midst of the Iranian revolution. The film is both wonderfully sweet, yet unbelievably dark, especially with scenes which depict the violence and destruction that was wrought in the war.
Run Boy Run (Official Music Video)- Woodkid
Directed and performed by the insanely talented Woodkid, the music video for Run Boy Run is incredibly interesting. If anybody has ever seen and/or read Where the Wild Things Are, the visual imagery is reminiscent of this children’s story. Featuring a young boy outrunning monsters and pirate ships across a surreal landscape, the video is very good at depicting childlike dreams. It is unclear whether the child is imagining his surroundings or actually exists in an almost Oz-like world.
Exploring London’s DIY Zine Revolution
This video is a bit of an anomaly, compared to (mostly) abstract previous entries! Short and sweet, I-D explores the growing zine scene in London and focuses on some of the key players. If you are considering making zines or simply want to learn more about the history and process, I’d highly recommend.