Morphomitosis

6 Sep

At last! My animation can be found by following the link in Youtube:

http://youtu.be/BOIVjuX6cBU

A group of nine artists gathered to show their animations, these were shown as “Light on the Fringe” as an event with “Strand Ephemera”, a biennial exhibition that occurs in a beach-side park in Townsville.

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Light on the Fringe

The exhibition was delivered by Gallery services Townsville City Council and hosted by Umbrella Studio fro 30th August to 8th September 2013.

My offering – MORPHOMITOSIS was produced by rotoscoping a variety of videos that I had taken myself in Adobe Flash program.

I took the title by corrupting the title of Franz Kafka’s Metamorphosis. as Morphing and Mitosis – the biological process of cellular splitting, which is illustrated in the title sequence. The head and shoulders are my own, taken from a 3D rendering of my MRI performed during the morning warm-up of our departmental machine.

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3D MRI scan in morphomitosis

The next sequence shows me climbing out of my own brain, and morphing into a beetle on the ceiling. The beetle then morphs into a giraffe, from my childhood in Africa.

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Figure beginning to morph into a beetle

The giraffe then morphs into the wolf with greedy eyes from Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf  The wolf then morphs back into myself and I climb back inside my head and disappear by being rubbed out.

It is an intensely personal animation and refers back to all kinds of influences in my life.

I hope you enjoy it.

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4 Responses to “Morphomitosis”

  1. Anita C. Miller September 7, 2013 at 12:11 am #

    Wonderful, Tony! It’s very playful but, scary, too! That’s how I remember feeling about Peter and the Wolf when I was young. Bravo!

    • Xraypics September 7, 2013 at 10:19 am #

      Thankyou so much. Both my children and grandchildren reacted the same way to the wolf music; hiding behind the sofa and peeking out. It is a wonderful work to introduce children to music. Tony

  2. leecleland September 7, 2013 at 9:05 pm #

    Oh, wow! That is very clever. I loved the linkage between the varying ideas. Hope it was well received, Lee

    • Xraypics September 7, 2013 at 9:45 pm #

      It was such fun to do this, the ideas just kept exploding but it was time consuming, and I had to cut back drastically! Every frame individually drawn – no gain without hard work, but worth it in the end. Tony

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