Experimental Film Totem Reflects On Man And Nature Via Abstraction
In the meditative video installation Totem, Superblack—a visual artist from Kiev who describes his work as “a mixture of experimental art, hyperrealism and abstraction”—addresses nothing less than the conflict of modern man and nature.
In this piece, a white background and abstract, computer-rendered shapes morph and frame images of the natural world, from rocky paths to forests and cloudy skies. It’s not one to watch if you’re looking for a few minutes of mindless lulz—the opening Keats quote might give that away—but if you’re after a bit of spaced-out reflection to calm you down from the stresses of life, then this will ease your mind. Superblack describes it thus, on the Vimeo page:
A video installation, which symbolizes a deep connection of the modern human and nature. In an urbanized society, we are accustomed to comfort and sterility, but we feel an irresistible attraction to nature. This emotional conflict is a key element of current work.