I’ve been working on a series of Multi-media presentations for Grassroots International. This is the latest one, specifically on their work with Education and Advocacy. You can watch it here without music, or go check it out on their website. While there you should check out all the great work that GRI is doing in countries like Haiti, Palestine, and Brazil. They have a unique approach to humanitarian aid, and focus on creating long term solutions to issues around land and water rights for indigenous people in places where governments and corporate control run rampant over the rights of individuals.
In June of 2007 myself along with Jake Lee-High, Sean O’Brien, and Fred Wolflink created life in the Axiom Gallery. Well not exactly life, but pretty damn close. It was like some bloated single celled version of Frankenstein’s Monster, feeding off the energy of the modern world. Instead of a bolt of lightning we used the regular T trains that ran under the gallery to animate it. Each time the trains rumbled by the organism quivered with activity. Swelling turgid mylar sacs, flashing monitors under a mas of giant bubble wrap, and bouncing fleshy animations against the shimmering walls. Think warped science museum with a DIY vibe.
Anyway, a video of it is being shown at Axiom as part of the “Riders on a Train” show curated by Nancy Davies. You should go there and check it out, along with a lot of other fabulous work, or you can watch this video, or even better you can do BOTH! The show is up until December 19th.
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As many of you know, I’ve been developing this video over the last few months with Pete Froslie, and it’s finally out! It’s my first foray in flash animation and the biggest production I’ve ever been in charge of, with a massive crew of four people working on the creative end of things.
It was developed with a number of folks in Washington DC to educate people on the nature of speculative marketing techniques and the damages that occur when ‘big money’ inflates commodities markets artificially. Sounds a bit technical but don’t worry, that’s why we made a cartoon out of it.
It’s a very serious issue that effects all of us without our knowing it, and something that can be easily fixed by re-enacting regulation to prevent greedy speculators from creating dangerous market bubbles, that raise the prices of our daily commodities just to make a profit.
Check it out here, or head over to the site www.stopgamblingonhunger.com where you can read a lot more information and get involved with the cause.