The Aesthetic Manifesto – City Symphony

Yesterday we were given the last part of The Aesthetic Manifesto brief. Initially I was very worried about it as I’ve never been educated in animation and my previous animation project before I didn’t like. My skills on these softwares are minimal so I’m quite apprehensive.

Our final outcome needs to be a view of Iceburg that envisions a citizens experience. I first wanted to do some research because I don’t have much experience in this field. In the briefing presentation we were shown, two artists stood out to me they were Stan Brackhage and a collective called Archigram. They both seemed simplistic in visuals but the in-depth meanings behind is what I find interesting. Having a simple design with a deep background is something I can replicate in a short film which helps me feel a little less anxious about this brief.

Images from The Dead and Mothlight by Stan Brackhage

I first looked at Stan Brackhage’s work. It’s very eery which is probably why I like it so much. He uses simple image and short moving parts of what seems to be random places to show these beautiful scenes. Brackhages’s films were non-native and challenged the perception of the audience. They left me feeling inspired and curious into the meanings behind. I’d love to use the way in which he shows minimal scenes but them having so much impact. It means our group would have to come up with couple scenes to really show what Iceberg is like for a citizen.

Archigram. Instant

Other work I adored was by the collective Archigram which existed from 1961 to 1974. Archigram were controversial for their time, they explored themes such as glamour and psychedelic in a ‘semi-mythic 1960s.’ Ultimately influencing the ‘Pop Art movement, where color, dynamism, fashion, and disposability were presented in graphics.’ These themes along with the very aesthetically pleasing qualities of their work is what our group needs to show in our city. Iceberg focuses on the outward appearance much like the themes I looked at. I want to take that blatant attempt to look over inviting and friendly, hopefully to give Iceberg a subtle creepy aspect and more context to the crystals haze.


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