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OPIUM / HARA KATSIKI / WINNER OF THE YOUNG ILLUSTRATORS AWARD 2010

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Published on May 12, 2011

WINNER OF THE YOUNG ILLUSTRATORS AWARD 2010
Illustrative Berlin 2010
Category Animation
www.illustrative.de/

Title:Opium
A Psychedelic trip into the subconsciousness

The animation "Opium", enables the viewer a trip into subconsciousness. In a kaleidoscopic way, smoke that appears into the dark, creates a world of fantastic figures. Skulls turning into floral elements, skelletons creating ornamental patterns, strange creatures becoming butterflies. While watching these transformations, the state of mind becomes unsure - clearness and halucination is blurred.
Sriking a balance between analogue and digital mediums, Hara's hipnotic film, OPIUM was awarded the Swatch Young Illustrator's Award for animation. Ink drops were filmed, colours edited, effects mirrored and looped to imitate smoke entering the human body. Music was composed to present a dance into the subconscious, a rush of pleasure, impaired vision, and hallucination representing the mental vision that becomes clouded by the smoke's effects on the central nervous system. The floating smoke becomes a kaleidoscope of fantastic forms that transform into flowers, skelletons and ornamental figures to reflect a state of mind somewhere between clarity and the subconscience.

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