Posts Tagged ‘animation’

It’s the Year of the Fire Chicken, so why not start out with this beautiful painting by Itō Jakuchū (伊藤 若冲), one of the greatest painters of animals of all time? This particular painting is titled Rooster and Hen with Hydrangeas, and is part of the larger series called Dōshoku sai-e (動植綵絵), or Pictures of […]


Kunio Kato’s beautiful and melancholic Academy Award winning animated short, Tsumiki no Ie (つみきのいえ) — The House of Small Cubes — is a film infused with the sadness of disappearing time.  The source of melancholy seems obvious at first: it’s the classic melancholy of old age in which the gradual erasure of the world one […]


The epic novel Nansō Satomi Hakkenden was written by Kyokutei Bakin in the 1800s and is 106 volumes long.  Sometimes known in English as The Tale of Eight Dogs, it tells the story of eight samurai half-brothers who are all descended from the same dog and, consequently, all have the character for ‘dog’ in their […]


I don’t know much about Jake Fried, but his meticulously detailed animations of anarchic fever dreams, which lie somewhere on the border between the mystical aesthetics of an as yet undiscovered ancient civilization and the peyote-powered bubblegum drippings of a Brooklyn subway lunatic, are deliriously compelling. His animation reminds me of the artwork of that […]


I’ve got to give special thanks to my friend Jesse Garcia for turning me on to two (possibly three) of these videos, including the incredible Story from North America, a collaboration between Kirsten Lepore (animation) and Garrett Davis (animation and music).  What I love most about Story from North America is the way that it […]


I recently had a chance to visit the Momofuku Ando Instant Ramen Museum, Nissin’s shrine to the man who invented instant noodles in 1958 in the shed that he built by himself in his back yard.  In addition to a life-sized recreation of the shed that bred the instant noodle revolution, there’s also a timeline […]


I find the art and animation of Shoji Goto (後藤 章治), husband of Yoshimi P-We of OOIOO and Boredoms fame, to be some of the most incredibly unique and exciting work around.  His video for OOIOO’s song “UMO” engages in a future-primitive aesthetic that manages to convey the urgency of ecological disaster while remaining delightfully […]