Wednesday, 30. January 2013 - 3:00 pm
Polish animation duo Katarzyna Kijek and Przemyslaw Adamski have a knack of manipulating everyday materials in ingenious ways – from their stop motion work with cut-up paper for Oi Va Voi, to their remarkable video for Polish jazzer Tomasz Stanko, created from 1km of yarn and a bunch of flashlights.
But Kijek / Adamski’s video for Japanese artist Shugo Tokumaru arguably surpasses anything they’ve done previously. In keeping with the songtitle Katachi – Japanese for ‘shape’ – they’ve created a physical timeline of ever-changing shapes, with approximately 2000 cutout silhouettes. Katarzyna and Przemyslaw describe it as “an everlasting chain of convulsive memories”.
Not only is it a technical triumph – the shapes were made from PVC plates, using a computer-controlled cutter – the progression in the video is completely mesmerising from start to finish. Brilliant.
Director, concept, animation: Kijek/Adamski
Production: Katarzyna Rup / Ab Film Production
Cast: Artur Cetnarowski
Gaffer: Heliograf, Blitz
PVC cutting: Dawid Krzyżanowski / My-Art
Studio set: PlumArt, Marcin “Śliwa” Śliwiński, Arek Szot, Joanna Kijek
Thanks: Studio Las, Paweł Reyman