What we might notice only for a few seconds, Hiroshi Kondo compiles into a three minute long masterpiece.
The Japanese filmmaker, who could also be considered as an experienced movie art craftsman, is well-known for his commercial projects for brands such as Nike, Playstation, Yamaha or Seiko.
He has been successfully screening his work and collecting awards at several international events since 2005, including:
- 24th Vancouver International Film Festival (Canada)
- International Film Festival Rotterdam (Holland)
- lumeneclipse Cambridge (UK)
- Wiener Festwochen (Austria)
Nevertheless, he recently managed to capture a more artistic project and the outcome is a fresh proof of his timeless editing skills. In his work, trending right now as Vimeo Staff-picked movie, he clearly ties himself to his roots. Coming from the large capital of Tokyo, you can see the footprint of a metropole in his passion for contemporary landscapes of big cities and strong sensibility for technology.
Multiverse is a like a conceptual portrait of the pulsing city life. The story set in the environment of an urban jungle in Taiwan is crowded with technology and people. This scenery induced an image of homogenous, almost anonymous society which attracted Hiroshi's artistic focus and provoked a response:
I set myself in the streets and I multilayered a lot of time to create a new timeline that reflects individuals. I am strongly interested in the loneliness and thinness of relationships that loom over in seemingly obscure cities. Think about the relationship when you share the same time and the same place with other people who will not meet with you in the future. I visualise the invisible energy and make a difference between reality and the reality I have taken and created to feel unrealistic. My work is not simply a video as an expression, but also thinking that it works as a device for the viewer to feel energy.” to feel unrealistic. My work is not simply a video as an expression, but also thinking that it works as a device for the viewer to feel energy.” and make a difference between reality and the reality I have taken and created to feel unrealistic. My work is not simply a video as an expression, but also thinking that it works as a device for the viewer to feel energy.
The scooter convoys flowing through the city's veins served as a great sample for his purpose. Merging of time, space and speed in the footage allows us to see our own fluid identity in modern world. Together with the music and sound design by Himuro Yoshiteru it seems almost like an algorithm.
But where does our dynamic lead us?
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Chiara was born and raised in the neighbourhood of Petržalka in Bratislava. Besides studying Marketing Communication at Comenius University, she happens to be an observer, mostly through the lens of a camera.