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Forest Folk

4d ago
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“Enter the mausoleum slowly and try not to wake up the mythical creatures. If they detect your presence, they will react to your movements and transform.” Nexus Interactive Arts was commissioned to produce an original installation for Dulwich Picture Gallery in London. Entitled “Forest Folk”, the responsive installation is an extension of the ‘Nikolai Astrup: Painting Norway’ Exhibit - one of Norway’s finest twentieth-century landscape artists. A characteristic trait of Astrup’s work was to project his childhood memories onto the landscape of his hometown, allowing his childlike imagination to permeate his work. The concept of transformation is a key element: from shape-shifters to trolls to other Norwegian mythological creatures, any part of his paintings can come alive, especially if you know to look out for these surprises. NIA had carte blanche to create a complementary piece, drawing on Astrup’s central themes of transformation and mythology, and to immerse Gallery audiences into a world of magical landscapes where reality and the surreal blend together in unexpected moments. Visitors are invited to enter the gallery’s private Mausoleum slowly, and try not to wake up the mythical creatures camouflaged within two impressive digital 4k screens set up as a diptych. Through the combination of custom software and motion sensor cameras, the artwork can detect visitor’s presence and awaken from their idle state to morph into a living and breathing entity. A hauntingly low melody set to diegetic sounds of the forest further envelops audiences, while taking them through a cycle of the four seasons represented in the artwork. Every element in the composition was shot in live-action against a green screen, then composited in post-production to form the overall image. Director Matt Jakob creates a pictorial quality that allows the artwork to embody Astrup’s style, whilst remaining interactive and modern at its core. CREDITS ‘Forest Folk‘ Commissioned by the Dulwich Picture Gallery Nexus Interactive Arts Executive Creative Director: Chris O'Reilly Project Director & Head of Creative Technologies: Matt Jakob Executive Producer: Luke Ritchie Producer: Sarah Arruda Development Producer: Beccy McCray Creative Director: Evan Boehm Production Assistants: Lily Roberts, Orchid Vikskaiy Nexus Animation Studio CG Supervisor: Dave Walker Compositor: Elliott Kajdan Art Director: Callum Strachan Studio Manager: Natalie Busuttil Assistant Studio Manager: Alexia Provoost Concept Artist: Russell M. Hossain Sound Music and Sound Design: Tim Harrison Cello: Valerie Welbanks Sound post production: Aumeta Live Action Team: Live Action Producer: Jess aan de Wiel PM: Tom Cullen 1st AD: CHRIS RILEY DOP: SERGE TEULON AC: MATT WRIGHT DIT: NELSON OLIVER Gaffer/Spark: MATT MOFFATT MAKE­UP / PROSTHETICS: MALWINA SUWINSKA PROSTHETICS ASSISTANT 1: IWONA OGINSKA PROSTHETICS ASSISTANT 2: NATALIA LENIARTEK PROSTHETICS TRAINEE: LEMMIE CRUMLISH ART DIRECTOR: LIZ MELINEK Natalie O'Connor was Art Department Assistant ART DEPT. RUNNER: CORAL CHURCHILL Runner: ORCHID VISHKAIY TALENT 1: ANDREA CARRUCCIU TALENT 2: BOBBY AISEN Filmed at CentreStage Studios, London Camera Equipment from Panavision Behind the Scenes Video - Cinematography and Edit: JAMES ALEXANDER AV equipment and install provided by Richer Sounds (London City) Special Thanks Luis De Jorge Ladrero Mike Peak, Jules Carpanen and Gareth Evans at Richer Sounds