Tea time with Fok Nabo Distorio
Since I built myself a light-box (for animating with oil paint on glass) I’ve started to play with anything I could find around me. So I got quite soon a clear idea of how I wanted my work to look like. During the same period I was enjoying many Estonian contemporary classic music concerts in Tallinn, which were really inspiring in a visual matter. Liis Viira is a talented young composer and animator, and after listening to her works I decided that “Liivaterade Raamat” would be the right piece to work on.
I did this work as part of my MA in animation, therefore the medium itself was required. In addition to this I wouldn’t imagine any other medium to investigate a musical piece with so much freedom.
I did use stop-motion under the camera with multiple layers of glass. The work is structured mostly on three actions: animating the objects/paint, animating the light-sources and the manual camera work.
The objects involved are whatever I could find in the atelier, metal rings, clock pieces, lenses themselves etc..mostly circular shapes.
I did experiment a lot before reaching the visual result I was looking for, then I kept the project frozen for about two years (the time I needed to animate “Must Seeme-Black Seed”) and after gaining more understanding of the animation medium I shot Fok Nabo Distorio in three weeks, purely improvised.
Color and optical effect are all achieved under the camera by using many layers of optical lenses.
I do work with different mediums as painting, analog photography, printing and illustration. Animation seems to be the only medium that carries all of the others together at once, therefore I’m experimenting a lot and enjoying what I’m learning.
The main influence is the visual material I’ve been gathering since many years from life-experiences and travels.
I do like also a lot of works from different people:
Film-wise I would say Walter Ruttmann, Len Lye, Hiroshi Teshigahara, Theodoros Angelopoulos, Sergei Eisenstein and Pier Paolo Pasolini.
Pictorial-wise I would mention Antonio López García, David Hockney, Karin Mamma Andersson and Luc Tuymans.
I’m constantly working on something, at the moment I’m starting a self-produced animated short-film and an animated music-video, as well as a series of monotypes involving motion.