kinetic

 

when i was in film school, one early experimental animator who's films were repeatedly referenced was len lye. as a sort of godfather of direct film, he painted and scratched onto film which was then projected, resulting in a unique interplay of rythm, color and movement. a colour box and free radicals in particular continue to be relevant today in their incredibly avant garde aesthetic.

i only realized len lye was kiwi and that he had a very prolific career designing all kinds of interactive art installations after i moved to wellington and happened to catch a lecture about him at the new zealand film archive. his kinetic sculptures can actually be found all over new zealand and are quite remarkable in the way they harness energy and motion. in this way, they appear as natural extensions of his work in film and animation. the above photo is his wind wand sculpture in new plymouth, which inicidentlaly is a great little town to spend a short holiday.