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I ride to the edge of the atmosphere…

His body of work includes both the legendary »Echtzeit« music clip by Sensorama (with Oliver Husain, MuVi Award for the best German Music Video at the Oberhausen International Short Film Festival in 1999) and his award-winning animation »3.48 €/min.«. Last year, Michel Klöfkorn’s newest film »I ride to the edge of the atmosphere in a half hour on my bicycle« won the German Short Film Award 2012. Hovering between psychoanalysis, economics, astronomy and bicycle rides this film bridged the scientific with the imaginary in a very strong and powerful way. It’s time to start a big retrospective show at your favourite cinema.

Oscillate

»Oscillate« is the title of Daniel Sierra’s thesis done at the MFA Computer Art program in the School of Visual Arts in New York City. The project was an attempt »to visualize waveform patterns that evolve from the fundamental sine wave to more complex patterns, creating a mesmerizing audio-visual experience in which sight and sound work in unison.« Full screen mode is recommended.

Dumbass

Don’t expect the song of the year. Besides being very entertaining, this video contains the first musical output of chinese superstar Ai Weiwei, a very ironic metal track well beyond the pain threshold. The clip is about his time in detention and shows him being escorted and searched by prison guards, shaving his head, applying lipstick and donning a dress. Song by Ai Weiwei with music by Zuoxiao Zuzhou. Cinematography by Christopher Doyle.

Open Eye Signal

What is more boring than a skater video? Maybe funny cat videos? Nevertheless Aoife McArdle succeeded to shoot one of the finest skateboard clips so far. The colors, the light, the depth of field and above all, the setting. Absolut fantastic. And additionally a great track by Jon Hopkins. McArdle comments: »The track is really special. I saw it as a singular, hypnotic journey that’s almost endless. You get lost in it. I liked the idea of a city kid taking us on that journey… just one day suddenly deciding to escape his life and see more of the world in the only way he understands… via skateboard.« Hopkins released »Open Eye Signal« as a digital single on April 30. The white label 12″ follows on May 21.

 

City Clips

Filming cities has become a special style: tilt-shift, timelapse, animation into real life footage – the range of expressions is immense. In this following Machtdose collection you’re sure to find some of the most exciting extracts of the last few months.

»New York Biotopes« by Lena Steinkühler. »New York Biotopes« deals with abstract plants and creatures, which change their forms because of insufficient living space and adapt themselves to the surroundings of the metropolis New York City. A type of metamorphosis, where the newly developed vegetation assimilates elements of the city and makes them useful for their own purposes.

 

»Miniature Melbourne« by Nathan Kaso. A short tilt-shift time-lapse film featuring the city of Melbourne, Australia. This piece is 10 months in the making and features a range of different events and festivals held in the city throughout the year. Music: »Reflections« by Tom Day.

 

»Running on Empty« by Ross Ching. For a week, Ross Ching, was up at sunrise, taking pictures of L.A. when the light was right and traffic was light. He spent 15 to 20 hours filming with his Canon and about the same amount of time rendering and editing his footage, including erasing any signs of automotive life.

»Time is of the essence« by André Chocron. Choreographed time-lapse footage brings a cold cityscape to life by transforming a block of residential towers into animated characters that remind the viewer the importance of play. Official music video for Cold Mailman’s »Time is of the essence«.

»The Magnetic Void« by James Miller. Filmmaker James Miller captured the destruction of the British United Shoe Machinery Company in Leicester and decided to throw it in reverse slow motion.

»Run Boy Run« by Yoann Lemoine. Yoann Lemoine published another epic self directed music video for his Woodkid project last june with a little boy headed to battle with some subterranean monsters. The boys destination is a fairy tale tower.