Animated Abstract Expressionism: A Digital Jam Session
Sunday, October 21, 2:00 PM
Live animation, music composition, and editing. One animator, one composer, one editor, three networked computers.The emphasis will be on spontaneity, improvisation, play and discovery.
animation is made with a plan, usually starting from a concept, and progressively
building and assembling all the elements in an attempt to fulfill the
specifics of that initial concept. The initial concept often acts as a
filter that prohibits the artist from accepting and exploring the possibilities
offering themselves during the creation stage. In that sense, many pieces
are "finished" before they even get started, and most require
an enormous amount of "plumbing," painstakingly putting all
the laborious details together, leaving very little room, once the initial
concept is "locked in," for spontaneity, improvisation and
To put it simply: "Is there Art in our doodling?"
Is there any worth in what we do when we don't (yet) know what we are doing, in what we do when we are not (yet) in "conscious control?"
will be three participants in the workshop working on three networked
computers: Scott Lahteine (musician/programmer, author of "FretPet")
will compose the digital music, live, based on the images and short animation
clips Jean Detheux (painter/animator) will
send his way.
Jean's image and animation creating process will be seen constantly on
a screen via a digital projector, while Scott's music will be heard at
Jean: "Working with Scott is an incredible luxury. I can throw anything I want at the animation, he will always find a way to incorporate it into his music, making both work seamlessly together. We've only had a few short opportunities of working together in person as most of our exchanges take place via the web. This workshop will be a real work session for us, a rare and valued opportunity to work once again in the same time zone, a real treat!"
Scott: "Computer-based composition can seem like such a mechanical process with its microsecond-accurate beats and tight measures. In contrast, Jean's work has a primal, organic, and fluid quality that thwarts expectation. It calls for constant innovation. When we combine our respective elements there are subjective moments of convergence and divergence that underscore the ineffable quality of both. Whatever 'happens' is completely out of our hands. Be prepared for some prolonged suspense in this workshop."
Sharon: "This is an extraordinary opportunity to work with both Jean and Scott at the same time and in the same space. Until now most of our communication has been via e-mail. While communication once removed focuses our questions and decisions, it rarely allows for the immediacy and creativity of direct contact. I am particularly pleased to have this opportunity to work with Jean. His explorations are a genuine and original struggle to paint with time, and as such he is unearthing a number of principles directly applicable to the art of animation."
Tien: "I don't know what is it we are doing. Hence the need to participate to find out. If I knew exactly what the product is to become I would have been bored the moment production begins. Isn't this fun yet intensive and the root of learning through discovery! As the saying goes, the world becomes a lot louder with the quieting of our ego. I wouldn't miss this chance to do it with these guys."
Hardware provided graciously by Apple Canada.
Intuos drawing tablet donated by Wacom.
" Studio Artist 1.5" donated by Synthetik.
"Painter 7" donated by Corel.
"Final Cut Pro" provided by Apple