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The Snail on the Slope
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The Snail on the Slope

 
Vladimir Todorovic (1977 Serbia) studied visual arts, at the University of the Arts in Belgrade and at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Currently, he is working as Assistant Professor at the School of Art, Design and Media, NTU, Singapore. He co-founded the new media art collective called SYNTFARM based in Singapore and the Institute for Flexible Cultures and Technologies 'NAPON' in Novi Sad, Serbia. His research and art practice focuses on generative art forms that are defining novel approaches in new media art and design.

The Snail on the Slope is a generative movie based on a book of the same title by Strugatsky brothers. The novel is set on an unknown planet, where humans have a base from which they are investigating and trying to conquer the Forest. The Forest, which is a huge single organism is constantly changing and fighting back. It is also dangerous and there are a lot of unexplained phenomena that they are discovering, frequently.

The movie is made of five chapters, which critically address the questions of artistic and scientific efforts to understand nature. The topics that arise in those chapters and that are rendered in semiotic relationship with nature are: sublime view, role of knowledge, escape from ubiquitous bureaucracy, and apocalyptic tone that comes with the destruction of nature. By applying an organic narrative structure to the generative dynamic forms, a spectator witnesses a definition of a novel cinematic experience.

In the movie, all the scenes are generated with computer programming language Processing. They are created as abstractions and visualizations of the atmospheres in which all of the action takes place. The music is generated with various analog, digital synthesizers and software instruments.

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