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Shugo Tokumaru 'Katachi' by Kijek / Adamski

David Knight - 31st Jan 2013

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.

David Knight - 31st Jan 2013


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Kijek / Adamski
Production Company
Katarzyna Rup / Ab Film Production


Kijek / Adamski

Other credits


Artur Cetnarowski


Heliograf, Blitz

Studio set

PlumArt Marcin "Śliwa" Śliwiński, Arek Szot, Joanna Kijek

PVC cutting

Dawid Krzyżanowski/ My-Art


Studio Las, Paweł Reyman

David Knight - 31st Jan 2013

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