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Current Distractions

Thu 28 Feb 2013

Anyone who’s seen Spiderman 1, 2, 3 and the new one (basically Spiderman 1 again) will know that there’s only so far CGI can get you.  Titanic looks really dated now but Labyrinth still looks great.  There’s a lot of things CGI will never be able to do.  Look at this picture:

CGI will never be able to do that.  This week’s Current Distractions celebrates simple special effects and the art of the old school.

A4 Odyssey
The Paper Cinema have taken on Homer’s epic poem.  Condensing Odysseus’s ten year journey into 75 minutes is no mean feat but with the use of stunning illustration and puppetry combined with cinematic projection and live music, these cut-out paper puppets seem to evoke the kind of magic adopted in late-eighties story telling, when imagination was favoured over CGI.  Showing at the Battersea Arts Centre now.

Anything is possible…
If you want to know what Moby would look like throwing ninja stars at a melancholic badger, whilst eating a Papa John’s Pizza in Lidl in Shrewsbury – now you can.  ‘ It’s Nice That’ have found possibly the most unique tumblr going.  You name it, Jim will paint it.   ‘I am here to make your wildest dreams a reality using nothing but Microsoft Paint (no tablets, no touch ups). Ask me to paint anything you wish and I will try no matter how specific or surreal your demands’.  Like Mr. Bingo, this kind of art on demand is irresistible, so get your requests in fast before Jim gets fed up.

Super Imposer
Director Keith Schofield seems to have colourful ideas bursting out of every orifice.  His latest music video sees Darwin Deez superimposed throughout an assortment of stock footage clips.

Probably the best thing I’ve seen this week, James’ Face is the work of Oli, a man who slightly photoshopped every photo of his friend’s facebook page.


Matthew Grindon
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Current Distractions

Thu 1 Nov 2012

It’s freezing outside and miserable and depressing, so in this week’s Current Distractions we’ve tried to crow bar in as much colour and positivity as possible, like the transition scene in The Wizard of Oz or a hot pop-tart bursting in your eyes.

Bird ’em up
First up, is Colombian artist Diana Beltran Herrera who spoke to designboom.com about her amazing new series of bird sculptures.  Diana states that ‘the birds provide her’ with a ‘quantity of information manifested in their activities and dynamism. This new space is externalized by my point of view on some major events of the birds and their environment, in which behaviors are represented, forms, qualities and intentions – all related with movement.’
We don’t really know what that means but they look awesome.

A Face a Day

This website by an unnamed Austrian illustrator consists of every day people spotted out and about who are then drawn and assigned a fictional story to suit their face.

The Master

After the success of There Will be Blood, Paul Thomas Anderson returns with The Master.  With music from Johnny Greenwood, a diverse cast and an amazing poster campaign, it has to be worth seeing.


Photographer Dan Wilton followed alternative indie band The Bots around, taking photographs and generally having a good time by the looks of it. What resulted was such a stunning collection of images, he decided to turn them into zines.  It’s Nice That had a look at some of Dan’s images.  We want one.


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Current Distractions

Thu 13 Sep 2012

Once again, we look at what’s been pulling at our attention strings in the OAE office. 

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