23 September 2008

BUG at the BFI

BUG 09 recently took place at the BFI Southbank.

I loved the dark hand-drawn tale of Canadian artist Chad VanGaalen called Molten Light, above. VanGaalen is an animator and illustrator, who creates fantastical lo-fi music videos for his own songs, using a seemingly childlike and simplistic felt-tip pen drawn style to depicit his dark fantasies.

This show, BUG looked at interactive videos and showed work by experimental filmmaker Vincent Morisset. Morisset is known for his 'web-friendly' videos and his collaborations with alternative rock band Arcade Fire. Check out his award-winning music video Be online B for yourself, if you haven't already.

I also really enjoyed seeing the music video for Yuki's Sentimental Journey by the multi-talented (but now sadly deceased) Japanese artist Nagi Noda who has created some brilliant music videos and adverts - just check out this fabulous dancing eyeball video.

In amongst the music videos were a few highly imaginative shorts by American artist PES best known for his stop-motion treat, Western Spaghetti. If you check out his website, eatPES, there are a couple of nice 'making of' films, alongside his short films and commercials.

BUG 10, is at the BFI on 6 and 26 of November. If you would like to send work for consideration for future shows, e-mail info@bugvideos.co.uk

Image: Frogger by PES

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