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Syscapes #Prelude
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Syscapes #Prelude
Syscapes # Interlude
Occupation Movement I (Syscape #4)
Occupation Movements II & III
The Great Western Singularity

 
Eric Schockmel (Luxembourg, 1982) lives and works in London. He graduated from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, London (MA Communication Design/Digital Media) and Ecole de Recherche Graphique, Brussels (BA Graphic Design & Video Art). He is co-founder of Watergun London, an audiovisual production company that specializes in film, animation, music videos and advertising. He started exploring the visual arts through graphic design, before broadening his scope to include the moving image via digital animation. He has since followed this research interest into a professional career, resulting in a personal project entitled Syscapes which experiments with the inherent properties of 3D space. The evolution of this project has yielded a collection of conceptual short films, instances of which have been shown at exhibitions and film festivals in London, New York, Tokyo, Paris, Berlin, Beijing and Sao Paulo.

Syscapes # Interlude (2008) is a motion graphics short film, illustrating the outcome of a body of research into experimental 3D animation. The result of this research is a visual mode of representation, the Syscapes proper, that is unique to the medium of time-based virtual spaces. It innovatively combines narrative visual metaphors with the diagrammatic synthesis of infographics to represent a spatio-analytical take on political power and social hierarchies. By tapping into the popular vocabluary of cinematics and video games, Syscapes # Interlude provides an attempt at exploring the very expressivity of contemporary audio-visual media.

Occupation: Movement I (Syscape #4) (2009) The Syscapes research process is a motion graphics project which attempts to explore narrative forms adapted to the new paradigm of digital animation and 3D modelling. The content is largely focused on social and political issues, ranging from ecological transformations to conflict and various scenarios of development. Syscapes sequences are semi-abstract representations of real-life scenarios, unfolding through visual metaphors and narrative dynamics with sound design, but completely devoid of human forms, musical score or voice-over narrative. Hierarchy, movement, sound and structural symbols serve to convey the message of each scenario. Occupation: Movement I (Syscape#4) applies this logic of visual representation to the conflict in the Middle East. SOUND SAMPLES from www.freesound.org THANKS to www.watergun.tv

Occupation: Movements II & III (2010) Born out of a Masters degree research project, Eric Schockmel's “Syscapes” attempt to establish a visual language specific to 3D animation. "Occupation: Movements II & III" presents an organic island entity suspended in an abstract empty space, while revealing a robotic operator inherent to the system. The operator proceeds to change variables in the environment, thus impacting the development of the island, from pristine nature, through resource expolitation, and back to regeneration. Part of an ongoing series, the piece draws on the visual vocabularies of science-fiction and video game aesthetics. PRODUCER Watergun www.watergun.tv

The Great Western Singularity (2010) Commissioned by jotta.com and sponsored by Intel for the REMASTERED: a jotta and Intel Visual Life Production exhibition at One Marylebone London (March 2011), The Great Western Singularity is a contemporary reinterpretation of JMW Turner's iconic painting Rain, Steam and Speed: The Great Western Railway. The animation explores the concept of the Technological Singularity through the metaphor of a train which, instead of rolling on tracks, is building itself out of it's own structure. A metaphor for technological progress and Moore's Law, it evolves incessantly while approaching an abyss of unpredictability, while impacting the landscape it traverses. PRODUCER Watergun www.watergun.tv SPONSORED BY Intel www.intel.com COMMISSIONED by jotta www.jotta.com


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