Initially daily but now sporadic blog about anime and world animation with a specific focus on the artists behind the work. Written by Ben Ettinger.
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Saturday, December 27, 2008

06:59:18 pm , 291 words, 2946 views     Categories: Animation, Indie, Animator

Candas Sisman

I just saw a video entitled edicisuM by a 23-year-old Turkish artist named Candas Sisman on nofatclips, and it immediately made me want to see more from the artist. It was a non-narrative abstract piece, but it stood out from all the other non-narrative abstract pieces out there perhaps due to its distinctive mesmerizing, dazzling visuals and smooth audiovisual rhythm. You can find ten of his videos on his Vimeo page, and he is also a prolific artist of compelling digital imagery. After you watch the video, read Candas's comments on how it came about.

His video works all boast the same perfect integration of alternately noisy and ambient soundscapes that, amazingly, seem to emanate directly from the images. He is an expert manipulator of digital means, creating a dense cascade of forms, colors and movement that doesn't grow tiring, but seems to evolve organically by some hidden inner logic. He has an instinct for beautiful images that extends into the third dimension - he creates beautiful evolving images. Sometimes the images seem purely digital, evolving subtly, moving in and out of focus, like bacteria under a microscope, while at other times the images are clearly photographs of the real world, but blended, shaken and stirred in a way that turns the shapes into abstract forms, only to actually segue into digitally-created abstract forms. He blends the real and the created in a seamless whole that is always delightful. And like Oskar Fischinger did, he has the good sense to keep each of his films short, just two or three minutes. This is among the best digital animation work I've seen in quite a while - a superb example of engaging, exciting, flawlessly executed abstract animation.

Oh, and merry xmas everyone.