Practical part of my MA: Visual Communication project - Realization, University of DERBY, UK
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Float with me in a ballet ”between Despair and Wonder,” through a panoramic, subjective “mindscape” of life in a human skin, with thrilling, tender or inspiring touches in moments of awe and wonder.
It's a humble urge to wonder, to unshackle the creative energies inside and to make something that would speak about us… an offering to the Life Force, instead of remaining trapped in the paralyzing moments of too much awareness of the perceived reality.
“Ballet Between Despair and Wonder” is structured in two complementary chapters and seven themes:
CHAPTER I – “BEFORE A DISHEARTENING HUMAN CONDITION”
encompasses three themes:
1. A FRIGHTENING MOTHER NATURE, red in teeth and claws, breast feeding newborns with their brother’s blood, blindingly creating, yet destroying
2. An EXQUISITE WORLD OF WOLVES, ruled by Tyranny, Greed and Deception, where “man is wolf to man”
3. A HAUNTING HUMAN CONDITION: we may wonder about our splendid uniqueness as symbolic beings, longing for nothing less than Everlastingness; at the same time we may see ourselves trapped inside a body destined to die, to blindly and dumbly rot and disappear forever.
CHAPTER II – “THERE IS WONDER IN EXPERIENCING LIFE”
Tackles themes like:
1. Wonder on the miracle of being alive as a SENTIENT HUMAN, self-aware, in command of the intricate universe of a human body, with a “rainbow of possibilities” in front of the “white canvas of Life”
2. Wonder while gazing over the magnificent MICRO and MACRO-COSMOS
3. Wonder about experiencing LOVE as parents, beloveds, friends – Love, that which empowers, tames, connects and forms the ‘wonder-organism’ inspiring the most cosmic of powers
4. Wonder of being able to express CREATIVELY, inspired by minds wise and discerning; or minds creative, visionary and kind, shuddering with unimagined sensors of awareness, striving to compose our existence perhaps as a thrilling verse in this ‘unfolding Poem of Humankind’
I tried to visually communicate through a synchronized ballet pace and rhythm between music, images and typography pop out, like an alive, self-unfolding storytelling.
Regarding the complementation of the two chapters, I tried to design within a “shock and comfort” key, aiming to capture the attention with shocking philosophical topics, just to offer at the end the comfort of an emotional, uplifting, maybe inspiring message, in the confusion of trying to make sense and understand about life in a human skin.
I employed iconic literature, folklore or fairy tales characters like The Little Prince, The Red Riding Hood, The Happy Prince, Pinocchio, Alice from The Wonderland, The Little Mermaid, or Dorothy and her companions, to add charm and summarize symbolically the message of each tackled theme. or to enhance the perception with contradictory feelings.
Inspired by Ernest Becker and Otto Rank I was having in mind the need of panoramic views and interconnected ideas, in an outcome spanning different fields of knowledge or expression; to the idea of unification of experiences to form greater meaningfulness, to include them in a larger, panoramic “aha” view.
It's also a humble tribute to the penetrating and astonishing mind of Ernest Becker, as well as to Jason Silva with his "Shots of AWE" [ www.youtube.com/user/ShotsOfAw…
] - a real fountain with "Water of Life for questing minds"
Another mention would be the deeply inspirational Alain De Bottom, with his penetrating books and The School of Life: www.youtube.com/channel/UC7IcJ…
BrunuhVille - www.youtube.com/channel/UCZg2-…
COLOSSAL TRAILER MUSIC,Thomas Hjorth ft. Laura Vall - www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fsjw1i…
Allen Grey – Dark Magicaudiojungle.net/item/enchanted…
Lindsey Stirling – “child of light”www.youtube.com/watch?v=oEBNIz…
Two Steps From Hell - Heart of Courage (Invincible), by Thomas Bergersenwww.youtube.com/watch?v=8NGtL3…
Some Stock Images from:
Pixabay - pixabay.com/en/hand-hands-whit…
Shutterstock - www.shutterstock.com/
Freeimages - www.freeimages.com/
Deviantart - iosifchezan.deviantart.com/
Toon character inspiration: suhaitao.blogspot.com/2010/02/…