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09 NOVEMBER 2016

The vaporwave aesthetic and the music playing behind an infomercial for public access purgatory

"Vaporwave isn’t just something you listen to either, it’s something you experience, and experiences include visuals. Vaporwave visual art, simply referred to as 'aesthetics,' is varied but tends to honor some core tenets. If you’re looking at something pink and teal with a marble classical bust and a glitchy Windows 95 logo, you’re probably looking at a vaporwave aesthetic. If you’re watching a YouTube video with a title written in a weirdly soothing stretched out font, you’re probably watching a vaporwave aesthetic.

If you haven’t guessed by now, vaporwave is a bit of a joke, or more accurately, an internet meme. Vaporwave’s trippy immediate artistic ancestor 'seapunk' was a running inside joke on Tumblr during 2011 about fashion and art and music inspired by the ocean. The look and sound of a psychedelic club run by a hipster Ariel from The Little Mermaid is a pretty accurate summation. Neon seapunk imagery even found its way into Rihanna’s 2012 Saturday Night Live performance, confounding many viewers with its colorful and stylish but garish, cheap, and seemingly unprofessional grainy green screen look. The exact difference between seapunk and vaporwave is blurry, but as far as I understand vaporwave trades the aquatic focus for a fascination with the emptiness of aging and/or amateur glossy commercialism. It’s the music playing behind an infomercial for public access purgatory."

(Jordan Minor, 03 June 2016)

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1980s retro styleamateur cultural production • amateur glossy commercialism • anti-corporate aesthetic • appropriationcheesy • classical bust • colour schemecolourfulcomputer graphicsconsumption spectacle • cultural aesthetic • digital texts • emptiness • fan art • Floral Shoppe (2011) • inside joke • internet art form • internet cultureInternet memeirony • Japanese funk • Macintosh Plus (musical alias) • manipulating samples • manufactured nostalgia • marble • memenetworked productionnew forms of expression • new sincerity • nostalgic styleoceanparticipatory mediapinkpsychedelic imageryreappropriationremix cultureretro cheesinessretro computer graphics • runaway consumerism • seapunk • Sega Genesis • Simpsonwave • Simpsonwave aesthetic • slow jams • stretched out font • teal • tech-fueled nostalgic loop • tech-savvy • The Little Mermaid • The Simpsons (television) • trippy • Tumblrvaporware • vaporwave • vaporwave aesthetic • vaporwave visual art • Vektroid (electronic musician) • video gamesvisual aestheticsWindows 95

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Simon Perkins
23 MARCH 2014

O Menino e o Mundo (The Boy and the World, 2013)

"'O menino e o mundo' é o segundo longa–metragem de animação de Alê Abreu, paulistano de 42 anos, também diretor de 'Garoto Cósmico' e autor/ilustrados de livros infantis. Para espectadores habituados a animações cada vez mais sofisticadas, aceleradas e dependentes de efeitos especiais, em um primeiro momento o filme pode causar estranheza por sua linguagem simples e econômica, ou por sua cadência tranquila, na contracorrente do mercado. Além disso, ele é atravessado por uma melancolia incomum no gênero, fazendo do olhar de uma criança veículo para uma inquietante crítica social–e confrontando o espectador com o desafio de pensar sobre aquilo que vê, coisa incomum no gênero."

(Luciano Trigo, 19/01/14)

Sofrendo com a falta do pai, um menino deixa sua aldeia e descobre um mundo fantástico dominado por máquinas–bichos e estranhos seres alienígenas. Uma inusitada animação com várias técnicas artísticas que retrata as questões do mundo moderno através do olhar de uma criança.

Suffering from the absence of a father, a boy leaves his village and discovers a fantasy world dominated by machines, animals and strange aliens. An unusual animation with various artistic techniques that portrays the issues of the modern world through the eyes of a child.

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20132D animation • Adriana Barbosa • Ale Abreu • alone in the wildernessboyBrazilchildrens book illustrationcolourfulcritical commentarydrawing • eyes of a child • fatherfilm • Gustavo Kurlat • hand-drawn animationhand-generated illustrationshand-painted stop motion animationhand-painted styleillustrationillustrative stylemodern world • Nana Vasconcelos • O Menino e o Mundo (2013) • quest • Ruben Feffer • social critique • The Boy and the World (2013) • villagervisual spectacleyoung children

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Simon Perkins
02 AUGUST 2013

The Pillars of the Earth: hand-painted stop motion animation style

"We made this animation in BrosFx Studio. It is an opening to the TV series 'THE PILLARS OF THE EARTH', an adaptation of a book by Ken Follett. The series director is Sergio Mimica Gezzan, who cooperated, among others, with Steven Spielberg. Our goal was to create an animation which would render the colourful and vivid world of medieval England. The next step was to create a distinctive style that the audience would remember. After many tests, we opted for a hand painted stop motion, which suited perfectly the spectacle."

(Michał Socha)

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12th century2010 • Acme Filmworks • animation • BrosFX • castleChannel 4colourfuldistinctive visual stylehand-painted stop motion animationhand-painted style • illustration techniques • illustrative style • Ken Follett • medieval • medieval England • Michal Socha • mini-seriesmotion graphics • Muse Entertainment • period drama • Scott Free Production • Sergio Mimica-Gezzan • Steven Spielbergstop motion animationstop-frame animation • Tandem Communications • The Pillars of the Earth • title designtitle sequencetitle sequence designTVTV seriesvisual designvisual stylevivid imagery

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Simon Perkins
29 APRIL 2013

Colourful cut-out card illustrations by Eiko Ojala

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Simon Perkins
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