Mimic has been screened at the Saatchi New Director Showcase 2013, Cannes Lions Festival into a full Grand Auditorium of the Palais des Festivals on 20 Jun 2013. Lucio Arese has been Selected as one of the 19 New Directors. The Saatchi NDS is one of the most prestigious achievements worldwide for an emerging director. The experimental video "Mimic" from Cuneo, Italy-based director Arese finds objects clashing in a cattle market/warehouse. It's a bit of an eclectic design/architectural fest driven by the electronic music of Yu Miyashita.
Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity
Mimic is an experimental video directed by Lucio Arese with music of Yu Miyashita. An hyperdense block of objects driven by music collides, collapses, spread into random formations and disintegrates at frantic speed.
Shot into a cattle market, the film rides the verge between nonsense, random noise and organic, structured audiovisual events, enhancing the plastic clashes of a digital inserted foreground into an old and rusty environment. Humorous, lunatic, cartoonish, nightmarish, Mimic is an attempt to reach a complete unity between music and motion picture in an epoch of violent changes.
- STILLS GALLERY
Design, modeling, animation, direction, production: Lucio Arese
Compositing, editing, cinematography: Lucio Arese
Soundtrack: "Mimic" composed by Yu Miyashita - Album: "Noble Niche" (Mille Plateaux/MP 307)
© Mille Plateaux 2012
Northwest Animation Festival, Portland, US, 2014
Berlin Independent Film Festival, Berlin, DE, 2014
Ciclope International Advertising Craft Festival, Berlin, DE, 2013
The Others Fair, Turin, IT, 2013
Tripoteca Film Festival, Bucharest, RO, 2013
International Film Festival of Cinematic Arts (Official Selection), Los Angeles, US, 2013
Ars Electronica Animation Festival, Linz, AT, 2013
Saatch New Directors Showcase 2013 at Cannes International Festival of Creativity, Cannes, FR, 2013
Los Angeles Movie Awards (Honorary Mention), Los Angeles, US, 2013
Melbourne International Animation Festival, Melbourne, AU, 2013
Athens Video Art Festival, Athens, GR, 2013
Aarhus International Film Festival, Aarhus, DK, 2012
CINETORO International Film Festival, Cali, CO, 2012
SIGGRAPH Asia Computer Animation Festival, SG, 2012
ArtFutura, Montevideo, UY, 2012
Pause Festival, Melbourne, AU, 2012
Ottawa International Animation Festival, Ottawa, CA, 2012
BUG Music Videos at BFI, London, UK, 2012
Supertoon International Animation Festival, Bol, HR, 2012
Campaign - "Arese’s "mimic" is not a portrait and contains no narrative. Instead, his film – a promo for the electronic-music composer Yu Miyashita – earned its place on the showcase by dint of its sheer technical difficulty. "Basically, it’s like: ‘How the fuck did he do that?’" Gulliman says. "It’s just a stimulating artistic piece." Eslinger adds: "It’s a piece of video art that I’d expect to see in a gallery – a bunch of super-CGI’d 3D models that have been put through a shredder, and occasionally zapped with a Taser in time to music."
GoSee - "if you enjoy good post-production, you can’t miss Lucio Varese’s pixel inferno…"
Shoot - "If you tried to watch this kind of imagery for too long, your brain would hurt," quipped Eslinger. "But as it is, this experimental video is crafted perfectly in time and space."
stash - "Plodding sleepily thru a rainy Monday morning in New York, I was jolted wide-awake by this experimental CG music video from Italian director/architect/designer Lucio Arese based on the music of Yu Miyashita. Full screen highly recommended."
The Creators Project - "If you wanted a frenetic, deranged experimental video to watch, which doesn’t need you to focus on a narrative or wonder what it’s trying to convey, then this is it. Called Mimic, the video is directed by Lucio Arese with music by Yu Miyashita and it features scuttling, flying shapes darting about in time with the glitchy noise music.
Like digital creatures whose circuits have blown, the shapes erupt and mutate across the screen while screeches and cackles give a sonic accompaniment that will rupture through your reality. The creator of the video explains it like this:
A hyperdense block of objects driven by music collides, collapses, spreads into random formations and disintegrates at frantic speed. Shot in a cattle market, the film rides the verge between nonsense, random noise, and organic, structured audiovisual events, enhancing the plastic clashes of a digital inserted foreground into an old and rusty environment. Humorous, lunatic, cartoonish, nightmarish, Mimic is an attempt to reach complete unity between music and motion picture in an epoch of violent changes.
In short, it’s totally nuts, and lots of fun."
white-screen.jp - "今作はYu Miyashitaのノイズ・サウンドに、常識を逸脱したシンクロ度合いで、CGのオブジェクトが暴走し、衝突し、破壊を繰り返しながら、狂気的なスピードで不規則にその形を変えていく内容。埃の匂いがする倉庫を舞台に、オブジェクトが衝突して生まれていくプラスティックの破片。それらが舞う様子は、まるで別惑星からの生命体のようにも映り、暴力的な有機性を感じさせる。"