Category Archives: Animation

DVD Killed the Video Star

So Long Cathy from ApostrophePong on Vimeo.

The holiday season is just around the corner and everyone is almost in the party mode. At The Vanishing Point Contemporary Art, is calling for time-based art proposals for their fund raiser X’mas party. When I see the theme, DVD Killed the Video Star, I just have to get So Long Cathy to them. And it will be featured on the gallery’s shop window on the party week. It is a really good exposure. In fact, this will the first time that this work is displayed to the public. And this is another work I have exhibited here this year. Earlier Sticky was awarded a Commended in CALD Category at Marrickville Contemporary Art Prize.

DVD Killed the Video Star

The ATVP X’mas & fun(d) raiser for 2009

$10 Entry

Thursday 4 December, 6-10 pm

565 King Street, Newtown

(02) 9519 2340

Story of Sticky

I always wanted to play with this idea of long exposure photography along the a tuk tuk ride but did not get a chance to do it in until the Thailand trip last year.

On the way to dinner in Khao Sarn Road area, I decided to get a tuk tuk from Pratunam. It was not the best decision to commute around Bangkok at the time when everyone was stuck on the road but it was quite perfect for the shooting, I found. To get a tuk tuk in that scenario was a tricky task. Some drivers simply said no to the destination or called incredibly high fair price

When I hopped on the first tuk tuk in at least six year, my camera was ready to shoot. Few test shots were taken as we slowly crawled in the traffic. I found the best shutter speed setting was 6 second at f14. The variation of 192 images were shot throughout the ride until the last shot when I was getting off the vehicle.

The idea was to stay with the sequence of the shots so there was no hard work of editing these image. Digging the right sound was more important at this phase. Initially, a world techno track from Rama IV was laid as the background and quickly arrange the images as Sticky Tuk Tuk. I left that work for a while until I decided to create the original track for it to avoid copyright issue and enter the local art exhibition. In Mac-ready audio editing software, GarageBand, I found some good royalty free samples to loop and put them together.

Sticky from ApostrophePong on Vimeo.

This work is awarded as Commended in Marrickville Contemparary Art Prize (MCAP’08) for CALD category (artists from Indigenous of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse background). And I will be at the Artist Talks on Sunday 21 September (last day) at At The Vanishing Point Contemporary Art, 3-5 pm and the following Sunday at Chrissy Cotter Gallery, 2-3.30 pm.

Batman: Gotham Knight

The world is culturally shrinking and everything is interchangeable. It seems strange at first when I see an anime in American superhero context but it really works when you put the right style to the right story. Animatrix is the best example. This in-between sequel of the new Batman is another one.

While we are waiting for The Dark Knight with Keith Ledger as the Joker, Batman: Gotham Knight, released directly to DVD, fills the gap with six short stories about growing-up path of Bruce Wayne and Batman. Six anime directors have ultimate freedom to create their own batman. So what we see is a variety of the interpretations in this universe which is a plus, just like reading different comic books, well, mangas in this case.

There is a little disappointment that the stories focus heavily on him and so there is no room for the villains’ development. It surely puts extra layers to the character but it misses a delicious key ingredient.

One big rant is its marketing. they flag the film as an anime with real anime masters’ hands on. And they make a spin around it. I just want to know how their creative thinking works, especially, the project that brings together the best of both worlds like this. (Remember the remake of Godzilla?) My goodness me, the official website, none of the directors appears or is individually mentioned, not even accredited along with other cast and crew. The best is when Gregory Noveck, SVP Creative Affiars DC Comics, call them “…the Japanese directors…” How so? Isn’t there a trace of cultural imperialism in the corporation?

Batman: Gotham Knight is screening in limited cinema in the special program, Reel Anime 2008.