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By marklfranz@gmail.com

On 03, Aug 2013 | In | By marklfranz@gmail.com

Rocking Mirror (New World Symphony and AIGA)

This visual interpretation of Rocking Mirror from Takemitsu’s Yureru kagami no yoake references the tradition of visual music, and the work of artists such as Oscar Fishinger, Hans Richter, and Wassily Kandinsky, by creating a synesthetic experience based on non-objective imagery. While many of the time-based formal elements in this animation are intended to be non-representational, some of the imagery breaks from this tradition and lends itself to the creation of more figurative scenes. However, the works of early German motion designers, such as Viking Eggeling and Hans Richter have been referenced here in some of the first few scenes presented in black and white. This tradition is continued chronologically as Fischinger’s work gives inspiration for the end sequence.

This work was part of Musicians’ Forum: AIGA Centennial Celebration of Music and Design, a collaborative performance project between members of the AIGA, the professional association for design, and New World Symphony Fellows.

By marklfranz@gmail.com

On 03, Aug 2013 | In | By marklfranz@gmail.com

Body Without Organs

“body without organs” is an experimental animation that explores the mystical singularity of the body in terms of its separate functioning parts. Philosophers Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari use this term to refer to the “cosmic egg” of life.

By marklfranz@gmail.com

On 02, Aug 2013 | In | By marklfranz@gmail.com

As You Think So Shall You Become

Video poetry piece inspired by the novel 100 Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez.

By marklfranz@gmail.com

On 31, Jul 2013 | In | By marklfranz@gmail.com

Reel

Selected work from projects in motion graphics and 3D animation.

By marklfranz@gmail.com

On 31, Jul 2013 | In | By marklfranz@gmail.com

Holiday Heart

Music video for the band Ki Theory. Direction and Animation.  In collaboration with  Tom Anderson and Michael Clinger, lead animators on the project.

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By marklfranz@gmail.com

On 30, Jul 2013 | In | By marklfranz@gmail.com

Pinboard for Meditation

Pinboard for Meditation is an interactive installation, and digital interpretation of Alexandre Alexeieff and Claire Parkers’ animated pinboards.  This project incorporates a number of different new media technologies including the Processing programming language, its implementation of the opencv library, and sonic range detection with the arduino microcontroller.  The project was completed in collaboration with professor Bradley Lewter at Florida Atlantic University, and exhibited as part of 10X10, a site specific installation exhibition in Lake Worth, FL in which artists are limited to 10ft x 10ft spaces.

By marklfranz@gmail.com

On 28, Jul 2013 | In | By marklfranz@gmail.com

The Pig

The Pig is an audiovisual performance.  The experimental performance uses hand drawn animations to place figurative imagery within the context of poetry and prose written by Roald Dahl.  Incorporating two of his works, My Uncle Oswald and The Pig, the textual elements provide a unique experience by highlighting some of Dahl’s adult content and humor.  Animations and text are cued using a custom program written in the Processing language.  The live sound is performed using hand built sequencers, oscillators, and mixers.

Friendly Fire

By marklfranz@gmail.com

On 08, Jul 2013 | In | By marklfranz@gmail.com

Friendly Fire

Friendly Fire is an interactive installation and collaboration with artist Shane Mecklenburger.  This work explores the nature of violence and its perpetuation, and places this critique within the familiar context of a video game.

By marklfranz@gmail.com

On 08, Jul 2013 | In | By marklfranz@gmail.com

Hello World

First animated short completed with Maya in 2006.

Blue Ash of 49

By marklfranz@gmail.com

On 03, Jul 2013 | In | By marklfranz@gmail.com

Blue Ash of 49

Blue Ash of 49 is a sound and video performance by Mark Franz and Max Alexander.  Formal graphic elements are manipulated in real time by custom, but rudimentary hardware.  The hand made sound and video performance devices are constructed to provide chance occurrences for the artists to react to, which allow for improvisation, and the production of visual music.

The performance piece breaks from the non-objective nature of visual music by the artists’ consideration of a simple narrative. In Blue Ash of 49, this revolves around producing sounds that are visions and inspirations of a character that has rejected his culture and withdrawn from society by his own virtue.

The two artists prepare dissonant and musical elements separately in order to create a complex texture that not only compliments the visual elements formally, but also allows for improvised free association with the thematic content.