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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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SansSouci / SS Issue N.1 ╳ Ditroit

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November 16, 2013

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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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EK Interview: Jean-Paul Frenay

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August 25, 2013

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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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EK Interview: Defasten

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July 21, 2013

Art Blog - Defasten - Empty Kingdom
Montreal-based motion-VFX-filmmaker Patrick Doan (running under the name of Defasten) presents a bulk of his work through geometrical layers of abstract subject matter. Our conversations with the artist helped us reveal how computer graphics become a tool for storytelling and expression. Check out the Q&A interview after the jump!
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EMPTY KINGDOM TOP 100 Artists of 2012

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January 31, 2013

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[Photo by: Lauren Treece] The beginning is, in fact, finally here. After shifting through exactly 1470 posts for the entire 2012 calendar year, a dozen pots of coffee made, several holes punched in the drywall during heated deliberations, and several concussions suffered from office supplies hurled at each others' heads, we proudly present the third annual EMPTY KINGDOM TOP 100 Artists of 2012!
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EK Interview: Dark Matters

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January 28, 2013

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Copenhagen-based studio Dark Matters consists of only a handful of multi-talented creatives constantly experimenting with the dual nature of light and shadow. Their endeavors share no analog or digital bias, but rather a mutual hybridization that has allowed them to generate spectacular videos and live visuals. Check out the exclusive Empty Kingdom interview with said studio after the jump!
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EK Interview: Chris Boyle

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January 8, 2013

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No matter what the medium, Chris Boyle will utilize anything within the reaches of his artistic grasp to create it. Storytelling becomes the key to Boyle's drive, while live events, short film, music video, video games, animation, and you-name-it become the paint to his canvas. Read more from our one-to-one interview after the jump!
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2013: THE BEGINNING IS NEAR

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January 3, 2013

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2012 was an unpredictable, fast, scary, wild, and beautiful year in many ways. While the media want to talk about the Mayans and debate the end of the world, to tell you the truth none of that matters. Because every day is somebody's last day on earth. Every day people lose loved ones who mean the world to them. While we would love nothing more to speak only of the beautiful wonderful possibilities of the new year, 2012 was sobering in many respects and it would not be honest to ignore some of the incredible human tragedies of the year.

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[Vacuum]

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December 17, 2012

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Vacuum realizes the collaboration between fashion designer Fernanda Quilici and Brazilian-based animation / design studio Sinlogo. Making something, out of literally nothing.
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Marilyn and N°5

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December 5, 2012

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A reporter from LIFE Magazine once asked Marilyn Monroe the question, "What do you wear to bed?". Monroe responded, "Just a few drops of N°5". This reply was arguably what made Chanel what it is today. With this, they dug deeper into this never published world-famous response by teasing us with her new film entitled "Marilyn and N°5."
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Dumb Ways to Die

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November 30, 2012

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Yes, there are so many Dumb Ways to Die, as explained in the awesome PSA by Julian Frost. Written by John Mescall and Ollie McGill, with the voice talents of Emily Lubitz. Commissioned by Metro Railways, Australia.
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Fernando Forero’s Portfolio

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November 26, 2012

art blog - Fernando Forero - empty kingdom
You saw his sketches on January 2010 but this is where it gets real! Fernando Forero's talents stretch beyond his amazing imagination and illustrative skills into the world of graphic design, typography and even animation. Talents, which were picked up by MTV Live, in a sweet animated video, in collaboration with 77 Creativ and “Freakish Kid,” check out the link bellow!
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CPR Makes You Undead

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October 10, 2012

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The Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada teams up with filmmaker Vincenzo Natali (SPLICE, CUBE) to produce The Undeading, a smart and inventive short about spreading the importance of hands-on CPR, set against the backdrop of a zombie apocalypse.
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The Gaian Project 2012

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October 3, 2012

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The Gaian Project is a digital media based community creatively generating works inspired by the natural environment surrounding our daily lives. This year's promotional trailer gets a re-polished shine from its original creators Steffen Knoesgaard (who's previous work has been featured on EK here) and Fredrik Ekholm.
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Sincho.tv

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September 15, 2012

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A creative spot animated and directed by Hiraoka Masanobu detailing a young boy's video-recording excursion. This textually / visually morphing ad was commissioned by Sincho.tv (a sort of user-generated video site).
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DON’T WORRY, DRIVE ON…

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September 3, 2012

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DON'T WORRY, DRIVE ON / Fossil Fools & Fracking Lies, is a sweet little info-graphic about the troubles of peak-oil.
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Amphitrite / Underwater Goddess

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August 30, 2012

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Eclumes Studios member Damien Krisl directs the very cool and epically sequenced fashion short Amphitrite / Underwater Goddess.
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RELICS OF THE NEW WORLD

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August 16, 2012

RELICS OF THE NEW WORLD

EK Studios is proud to present a new video we produced to promote a group show thrown by Cassel Gallery  featuring our good friend Lucien Shapiro, Henry Lewis, Lango Olivera, and Charlie O'Hanlaon.

RELICS OF THE NEW WORLD // SATURDAY, AUGUST 18, 2011 // 8PM-11PM
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Introducing Google Fiber…

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July 30, 2012

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1stAveMachine (featured earlier on EK here), is a team of creative wizards developing "digital and experimental content for TV, print, web and mobile, all with a unified singular vision." Their latest entry sees the group partnering back up with Google, to produce the smart and simple stop motion vid entitled Introducing Google Fiber: The Next Chapter of the Internet (the title says it all). Pioneered by Ben Steiger Levine and Aaron Duffy.
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The Power of X

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July 14, 2012

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TED, you always bring the best out of people, and for that I love you. The Power of X is a short and mind-blowing intro to TEDxSUMMIT created through the collaboration of WE ARE Pi, Koerner Union, and BIG Productions. Check it out after the jump!
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