Beauty in Chaos (2016)

Beauty in Chaos | 10 mins | 2016

For May 2016 Video Jam was commissioned by FACT (Foundation for Art and Technology) in Liverpool to curate an event in response to unfold; a new large scale 3 screen immersive audio/visual installation by Japanese artist Ryoichi Kurokawa (image below). 5 film artists were given free reign to expand on the ideas and images within unfold such as synaesthesia, cosmology, and the relationship between science and art; as well as work with the unique set up that the installation provided by showing their work in the form of 3 separate films or one vertical image. The resulting films were either made especially or adapted from existing material with this context in mind, each of which was accompanied live by an original score.

Beauty in Chaos is a time-lapse choreography of highly colourful crystalised forms displayed as a triptych. In her practice, artist Alice Dunseath works with materials, liquids, chemicals and crystals which, presented in a state of flux, appear to convey a mysterious inner life-force. The tangible yet otherworldly nature of Alice's imagery creates an interesting dialogue with that of Kurokawa, whose work shares similar visual qualities yet is borne out of an entirely digital production. The film's score contained a mixture of ambient sound, vocals, noise and instruments composed by Manchester based duo Shield Patterns.

Alice Dunseath is a London based filmmaker and animation director. She is an Associate Lecturer at Goldsmiths College, University of London and has screened and given talks about her work in film festivals, exhibitions (including the V&A, HERE TODAY... and Selfridges) and universities around the world. Alice worked as a third assistant director on Wes Anderson's 'Fantastic Mr Fox' and has since worked as a freelancer in the film and animation industry in London. In 2012, she ran an animation workshop in Freetown as part of SLIFF 2012 and helped set up the first Sierra Leonean International Film Festival. She has worked on film title sequences, game title sequences, fashion films, virals, commercials and corporate films. Clients include: BBC Radio 4, The Barbican, NatWest, La Mode Verte, Mundi Vondi and Gucci.


Shield Patterns is the Manchester-based duo of Claire Brentnall and Richard Knox (A-Sun Amissa / The Rustle of the Stars / Glissando). Together they create intensely emotive music full of light and shade that's both melodic and incredibly detailed. During the duo's relatively short life-span they have been remixed by alt-j and Dutch Uncles, invited by post-metal titans Cult of Luna to perform at their Beyond the Redshift festival in London, appeared at Wave-Gotik-Treffen in Leipzig, Germany alongside touring and playeding shows with the likes of James Holden, Portico, Olöf Arnalds, Woman's Hour, Bernard + Edith and Conquering Animal Sound.

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