“The problem with computers is that there is not enough Africa in them. What’s pissing me off is that it uses so little of my body. You’re just sitting there, and it’s quite boring. You’ve got this stupid little mouse that requires one hand, and your eyes. That’s it. What about the rest of you? No African would stand for a computer like that. It’s imprisoning.”— Brian Eno talking to Wired.
Totem by MiRon doesn’t hold back. It gives you as much as you can take. Maybe more. My eyes almost couldn’t take it. My body jolted to escape the sensory overload. Turn your head away. Stand up and walk. I felt moved. Literally.
There is an extremely seductive and attention grabbing aspect to Miron’s art. The energy emanating from it jolts and energises you, makes you scroll down the dashboard faster, it makes other stuff seems comparatively tame and boring.
The edition Totem is as extravagant and generous as the gifs are; a lot. Much. Loud. Exciting. Extremely big for a gif, so it can always be full screen filling your vision. Every frame included as a separate full resolution JPG that is completely differently textured and coloured.
It presents a Totem: an African religious object. We sacrifice our time and privacy to our new god, the internet, its idol the animated gif. Totem flashes from RGB gradients to faux pixels and TV static as if to say, I am the god of all media, I come and conquer and you will never be bored again.
What's in the download?
The edition includes The animated gif in three sizes (500px x 713px, 1000px x 1426px, 2500px x 3565px) and the separate frames as full resolution JPG files (2457px x 3504px).
At the moment I think about animation, dream animation, learn animation and make animation. I always wanted to be an artist/animator. In the school I’ve always preferred drawing characters to the actual learning. Animation education in Ukraine almost doesn’t exist, so had I chose psychology as my major degree. At the time I was more interested in learning about myself and humans in general. I’ve learned a lot from books and teachers about tons of different interesting stuff but when it came to the actual psychoteraphetic practice I’ve understood that I didn’t want to do it at all. All I wanted was to draw. To draw a lot and every single day. Those days I was inspired by the underground comics of Robert Crumb and the graphic style of Charles Burns. Than Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring inspired me to become an artist. When I saw the mesmerizing works of Adam Beckett it was exactly what I wanted to do in animation – an endless, infinite, transcendental animation. My recent series of GIFs and drawings are heavily inspired by psychedelics. I like to think of my works as Adventure Time on LSD. I fill every my work with my own experienced feelings and emotions. In my experiments with animation my main focus is on the repetitive movement of the figurative morphing shapes. Most of all I like to make multi-layered compositions that push the boundaries of this technique and have a psychedelic vibe in them. By pushing the limits of art I push myself to do my best and to evolve naturally through this process.