Computer Animation Film VFX


Goldene Nica - Golden Nica

Quayola (IT), Memo Akten (TR)


Cyberarts 2013 - International Compendium Prix Ars Electronica 2013

Forms is a collaboration between the visual artists Quayola and Memo Akten. A series of studies on human motion and its reverberations through space and time. 

It is inspired by the works of Eadweard Muybridge, Harold Edgerton Étienne-Jules Marey as well as by similarly inspired cubist works such as Marcel Duchamp’s Nude Descending a Staircase No.2. Rather than focusing on observable trajectories, it explores techniques of extrapolation to sculpt abstract forms, visualizing unseen relationships—power, balance, grace and conflict—between the body and its surroundings. 

The project investigates athletes pushing their bodies to their extreme capabilities, their movements shaped by an evolutionary process targeting a winning performance. Traditionally a form of entertainment in today’s society with an overpowering competitive edge, the disciplines are deconstructed and interrogated from an exclusively mechanical and aesthetic point of view, concentrating on the invisible forces generated by and influencing the movement. 

The source for the study is footage from the Commonwealth Games. The process of transformation from live footage to abstract forms is exposed as part of the interactive multi-screen artwork to provide an insight into the evolution of the specially crafted world in which the athletes were placed.

Quayola & Memo Akten – Artists

Nexus Interactive Arts – Production Company

Beccy McCray – Producer

Jo Bierton – Production Manager

Matthias Kispert – Sound design

Maxime Causeret – Houdini Developer

Raffael F J Ziegler (AKA Moco) – 3D Animator

Katie Parnell – 3D Tracker

Eoin Coughlan – 3D Tracker

Mark Davies – 3D Tracking Supervisor

Commissioned by the National Media Museum for the ‘In The Blink of an Eye‘ Exhibition 2012; with the support of imove, part of the Cultural Olympiad programme.

With thanks to BBC Motion Gallery and Commonwealth Games Federation.