'Katachi': A Mesmerizing Animation of 2,000 Plastic Silhouettes

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Shugo Tokumaru's music seems deceptively simple, at first. "He creates toy-box indie pop with his vast collection of noise makers and a computer," Pitchfork's Joe Tangari explains in a review for Tokumaru's latest album, In Focus? "[He] can pile instruments all over each other in a way that makes no sense on paper and then make it come off as the most natural thing in the world." Two Polish artists, Katarzyna Kijek and Przemyslaw Adamski, seem to approach stop-motion animation the same way. For this music video for "Katachi," which means "shape" in Japanese, they layered thousands of PVC cutouts to create dynamic, 3-D sculptures. It kind of calls to mind Prominent Figures' laser-cut paper video for Josh Ritter's "Love Is Making Its Way Back Home." Be sure to watch it full screen in HD! 

For more video from Katarzyna Kijek and Przemyslaw Adamski, visit http://kijekadamski.blogspot.com/.

Via José Luis Quiroga S.

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Kasia Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg is the executive producer for video at The AtlanticMore

Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg's work in media spans documentary television, advertising, and print. As a producer in the Viewer Created Content division of Al Gore's Current TV, she acquired and produced short documentaries by independent filmmakers around the world. Post-Current, she worked as a producer and strategist at Urgent Content, developing consumer-created and branded nonfiction campaigns for clients including Cisco, Ford, and GOOD Magazine. She studied filmmaking and digital media at Harvard University, where she was co-creator and editor in chief of H BOMB Magazine.

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