Very happy to share with you the launch of Paradise Lost, my new digital collection for Sedition Art.
Paradise Lost is an evocative collection featuring two genuine short films, each delving into distinct explorations of alternative versions of the world, inspired by the poetic surrealism so dear to me. Setting this collection apart is the length of the two videos and the presence of a true, albeit non-linear, dramaturgy, pushing the boundaries of video art towards narrative.
A unique 3D NFT, directly inspired by one of the films, awaits the collector who purchases both videos. This digital artwork will be dispatched from my OpenSea account straight to the collector's wallet. To receive the NFT, kindly forward your Ethereum wallet address to email@example.com post-purchase.
Paradise Lost, featured in the eponymous Paradise Lost collection, narrates the journey of an alien creature wandering a dreamlike and mysterious landscape that seems on the verge of collapsing at the first breath of wind. This alien and dreamlike world is inhabited by strange and fantastic creatures who seem entrusted with the task of preserving the very essence of our animal nature.
The artwork is a window into a personal recurring dream. In this dream, the unpleasant sensation of falling into the void - which we have all experienced at least once - fades into the feeling of precariousness and uncertainty characterizing our times. From the global pandemic to the war in Ukraine, current events seem to mark a countdown to nowhere; this piece encapsulates the spirit of contemporary times.
This artwork has garnered widespread recognition. It has been showcased at numerous revered festivals, gaining accolades, including a spot among the 70 artworks at the inaugural Nova Bienal Internacional de Arte y Tecnología in Río de Janeiro (2023), presentations at the esteemed File Festival in Sao Paulo, Brazil (2023), The Supernova Digital Animation Festival in Denver (2022), and Ibrida Festival in Forlì (2022). Moreover, it won the Simultan Festival in Romania in 2022.
The movie delves into the near future, a realm where robots assume authority over every facet of human life. From the mundane to the complex, they control it all, leading humans to have an unexpected surplus of leisure time. Through this artwork, I beckon viewers to ponder the fascinating paradox of monotony in a world that seems otherwise perfect, all depicted through the nostalgic lens of vintage cinema.
The artwork masterfully integrates diverse animation techniques, from conventional 3D to avant-garde Artificial Intelligence. With its nostalgic crackling film grain, it transitions into a black-and-white vista, reminiscent of the magic of early cinema. This blend of vintage visuals not only adds a layer of nostalgia but also enhances the allure of its futuristic theme. As the scenes gradually unfold, the grainy texture occasionally gives way to detailed 3D sketches, offering a glimpse into the intricate inner mechanisms and workings of the robotic protagonists.