SIMILARITY



Hypnotic, surrealistic visuals based on the process of birth and dying, in particular inspired by the lifecycle of stars in our galaxy. Besides that it’s also an abstract visual reflection on black holes and the difficulty of understanding them in terms of human logic. 








CONCEPT


‘SIMILARITY’ is an abstract visualization of the birth of stars, the general lifecycle of stars in the context of modern science and the end of the lifecycle, caused by the death of a star.







DESIGN


I was particuraly inspired by the visual very aesthetic death of a star. When doing some research in this, I found out the ‘birth’ of a star has somehow the same aesthetic. This ironic parallel was the design-perspective for Similarity.



EXECUTION


Loop-based video without beginning or end, espacially created for real-life projections in immersive spaces.




TECHNIQUES


Layering techniques of life-action video material on top of abstract motion graphics created by disrupting traditional graphic design grids and use them to create visual distortion and noise.



CREDITS


Visual art by: James Whistler Music by: James Whistler (some parts of the soundtrack are by NONOTAK) Release: September 2019














IMMERSIVE PERCEPTIONS



Music-video about the symbolic aspects of the mental state of citizens who are living in a fictional city. The hypnotic visual elements combined with the soundscape will ultimately build up to an audiovisual implosion of neon-colours.









CONCEPT


Immersive Perceptions is based on an abstract narrative of a fictional Asian city that slowly gets too crowded and in the end explodes into a hybrid pattern of neon colours. It represents the feeling of a lost existence while physically being in overwhelming metropoles.





DESIGN


The colourful compositions are a symbolic visualisation of both the physical and mental state of some of the citizens in the city. They represent the concept of implosions and explosions, with neon tinted colours from the aesthetics of the city as their visual methaphor.





EXECUTION


The visual result is a music-video for the soundscape ‘Immersive Perceptions’. 






TECHNIQUES


I used footage that was shot around 2007 by Cyril Whistler and Andreas Kretschmeier during their trip to Wuhan, China. I tried to merge the shots together until totally unique compositions arised.



CREDITS


Visual Art by: James Whistler
Music by: James Whistler Additional footage by: Andreas Kretschmeier and Cyril Whistler Release: June 2019