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JUNKYARD ╳ Hisko Hulsing

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March 2, 2014

Art Blog - Hisko Hulsing - Empty Kingdom
A terrible encounter invokes one man’s life to flash before his eyes, a moment that may be more important than he thinks. JUNKYARD is a wonderfully dark and dramatic piece of work by Hisko Hulsing.
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Cicada Princess ╳ Mauricio Baiocchi

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February 22, 2014

Art Blog - Mauricio Baiocchi - Empty Kingdom
VFX specialist Mauricio Baiocchi’s short film Cicada Princess adapts the perplexing natural lifecycle of these insects into a live-action animated fairytale. Check out the full stream right after the jump.
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“BEAUTY”

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February 21, 2014

Rino Stefano Tagliafierro - Empty Kingdom - Art Blog
Italian experimental animator and director Rino Stefano Tagliafierro animates and gives life to classical still paintings.
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EMPTY KINGDOM TOP 100 Artists of 2013

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January 31, 2014

TOP 100 2013
[Photo by: Shelbie Dimond] 939 is the magic number for EK in 2013. 939 only has 4 factors: 1, 3, 313, 939...which doesn't really have any significant meaning relating to our TOP 100. AMD made a CPU called the Socket 939 back in June 2004...but we're not sponsored by them nor any other computer tech company to supply us with the machines that we need to run EK. The year 939 in Roman numerals is CMXXXIX...which doesn't mean crap since none of us use Roman numerals anymore. According to HistoryOrb.com, 4 major events took place in year 939 that were documented: July 8th (The Major Occultation, or Ghaybat el-Kubra of Muhammad al-Mahdi), August 6th (Battle at Simancas - Spain beats Moors), October 2nd (Battle at Andernach: King Otto & Hermann of Zwaben beat Eberhard of France & Giselbert of Lutherans), October 27th (Edmund I succeeds Athelstan as King of England)...which all has nothing to do with EK. Nonetheless, 939 is the exact number of posts we had to sift through for 2013 in order to bring to all of you art-fiends our fourth annual EMPTY KINGDOM TOP 100 Artists of 2013!
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Dear Esther ╳ The Chinese Room & Robert Briscoe

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December 28, 2013

Art Blog - The Chinese Room, Robert Briscoe - Empty Kingdom
Rarely do I post about video games here on EK, but once in a rare moment there is that one exception. And this time it's name is Dear Esther. Filmic and captivating from start to finish. Developed and envisioned by The Chinese Room and Robert Briscoe.
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Oru Burus

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December 26, 2013

Art Blog - Anton Brand, Guillaume Klein, Charlotte Quillet, Raphaël Théolade - Empty Kingdom
Directors / animators Anton Brand, Guillaume Klein, Charlotte Quillet and Raphaël Théolade create the CG-powered fantasy Oru Burus. A Supinfocom graduation short depicting the chaotic consequences residing over control and power. With accompanying music by Guillaume Zenses
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ALL THE TIME ╳ Lovett & VARIOUS…

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December 22, 2013

Art Blog - Lovett, VARIOUS - Empty Kingdom
Music composer Lovett (previously featured back in 2011 HERE) and a hefty load of collaborating directors come together to generate the visual super-cut music video ALL THE TIME. Check out all the media after the jump!
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Orgesticulanismus ╳ Mathieu Labaye

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December 18, 2013

Art Blog - Mathieu Labaye - Empty Kingdom
Animator Mathieu Labaye presents to us a personal piece on the importance of human movement in Orgesticulanismus, and dedicates the project’s main focus and admiration to his father Benoît Labaye.
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Invocation ╳ Robert Morgan

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December 4, 2013

Art Blog - Robert Morgan - Empty Kingdom
Flesh, blood and celluloid are all the necessary ingredients to bring Robert Morgan’s meta-horror Invocation to life.
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Wheel ╳ We Are Shining & Carl Addy

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November 27, 2013

Art Blog - We Are Shining, Carl Addy - Empty Kingdom
Director Carl Addy utilizes the rhythmic nature of the GIF and a myriad of vivid pop culture references to drive his latest music video Wheel for the London band We Are Shining. More info and eye candy after the jump!
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SansSouci / SS Issue N.1 ╳ Ditroit

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November 16, 2013

Art Blog - Ditroit - Empty Kingdom
Beasts evolve into contemporary works of art in the promotional VFX vid for SansSouci / SS Issue N.1. Designed and executed by studio Ditroit.
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The Tale of Princess Kaguya // かぐや姫の物語 ╳ Takahata Isao

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November 13, 2013

Art Blog - Takahata Isao - Empty Kingdom
Famous Japanese animation director Takahata Isao (GRAVE OF THE FIREFLIES, POM POKO), teams up with animation behemoth Studio Ghibli for his latest feature film The Tale of Princess Kaguya // かぐや姫の物語. A visually alluring, simple and intriguing piece of 2D work.
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LIFE FORMS ╳ Thomas Lelouch & Antoine Presles

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November 12, 2013

Art Blog - Thomas Lelouch, Antoine Presles - Empty Kingdom
Thomas Lelouch and Antoine Presles combines forces to pay homage to Geman zoologist / evolutionist / artist Ernst Haeckel in the animated project LIFE FORMS. A flickering array of alien-like creatures that reminds me of the blurry overlays between deep sea and deep space. Check it all out after the jump!
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Midnight Moment: Eye Test ╳ Times Square Arts & 2×4

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November 10, 2013

Art Blog - Times Square Arts, 2x4 - Empty Kingdom
A culmination of artistic imagery covering the theme of the human eye project onto electronic billboards during the Midnight Moment event in New York’s Times Square. A beautifully crafted feat founded by 2x4 in association with Times Square Arts, TSAC and AIG/NY.
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MUTE ╳ Job, Joris & Marieke

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November 6, 2013

Art Blog - Job, Joris & Marieke - Empty Kingdom
MUTE is a humorously grim short by studio Job, Joris & Marieke. Follow a townspeople stricken with the inexplicable hindrance of having no mouths, and the twisted (accidental) solution to their plight. Accompanied by the voice talent of Fresku.
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Endtrip ╳ Koen de Mol, Olivier Ballast & Rick Franssen

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September 6, 2013

Art Blog - Koen de Mol, Olivier Ballast, Rick Franssen - Empty Kingdom
Endtrip is a dark, imaginative, and unsettling animated short by the likes of Koen de Mol, Olivier Ballast and Rick Franssen. Reminiscent of ENTER THE VOID vibes.
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T.O.M. ╳ Tom Brown & Daniel Gray

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August 31, 2013

Art Blog - Tom Brown, Daniel Gray - Empty Kingdom
Animators / directors Tom Brown and Daniel Gray (Holbrooks) capture the deadpan curiosity of one child’s walk to school in their debut breakout animated short T.O.M.
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The Death of an Insect ╳ Hannes Vartiainen & Pekka Veikkolainen

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August 29, 2013

Art Blog - Hannes Vartiainen, Pekka Veikkolainen - Empty Kingdom
Hannes Vartiainen and Pekka Veikkolainen display a beautifully choreographed danse macabare in their experimental short The Death of an Insect // Erään Hyönteisen Tuho.
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EK Interview: Jean-Paul Frenay

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August 25, 2013

Art Blog - Jean-Paul Frenay - Empty Kingdom
Jean-Paul Frenay is a visual artist currently based in Brussels, Belgium that has touched upon a healthy palette of media bases such as: film, VFX, performance pieces, interaction installations, experimental video, photography, and even music (I, The Phoneix). With such a busy schedule, we here at EK were more than appreciative to have him take the time and divulge us about the mindset behind his varying projects, and what continues to artistically drive him forward to this day. Check out the full spread of Q&A after the jump. Enjoy!
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Passer Passer ╳ Louis Morton

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August 24, 2013

Art Blog - Louis Morton - Empty Kingdom
Our everyday acoustic environments become the rhythmic fodder to Louis Morton’s animated project Passer Passer.
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