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Dangling over the chasm of jealousy, basking in the burning flames of scorn, sneering down at love from an intoxicating cloud, there lives Desire. Our third theme of 2022, FULL OF DESIRE, takes flight now – and no one is safe for the next three months.
“Without flowers, treaties would not be signed, oaths would not be kept, the spirit of mutual cooperation would just... disappear”. In exploring the societal dimensions of plants, Jakub Jansa’s short film, created to mark the occasion of the Czech Presidency of the EU Council, plays on the tropes of today’s political activity to underscore the inherent absurdities in its discourse.
This one goes “right in the feels”. Pardon us but we couldn't help but stick our noses into your FAMILY BUSINESS. And now the consequence of our actions are haunting us all. The article is accompanied by a whimsically plushy animation by illustrator and animator Charlie Spies.
It's 2022. We are tired, you are tired. Let's get comfy and look at animals videos on YouTube. For the opening theme of this year, we have chosen to find joy in the patterns, softness, lives and brilliance of non-human animals. The article is accompanied by tailor-made animation and art by Roberta Curcă. So, we are asking: WHO LET THE DOGS OUT?
A soft cave, a robot dog and harmonious solitude... Mit Borrás’ vision of the future is one where technology returns humans to a primordial, ritualistic state, ultimately merging with nature, transcending that dichotomy claiming tech is somehow separated from our souls. The HEAVVEN exhibition develops the Cycle even further, so delve into the curatorial and authorial texts to this Ship of Theseus.
Art-curatorial project Is It Just a Myth? moves across physical and virtual landscapes. The visitor experiences an encounter with the work and untouched nature through the flat screen of their device. Via these means, curator Bára Čápová is looking for new ways of creating and presenting art at the border between online and physical interfaces.
When you encounter the vibrant, mesmerizing audiovisual works of Czech artist Jan Matýsek, which often accompany his immersive tongue-in-cheek installations, you feel immediately drawn in as if by ritualistic incantations intended to put you on the cusp of an almost trance-like state.
In her studies in femininity, Hélène Jeudy creates captivating digital artworks and films with a refreshing spin on the timeless notion of the female, bringing the issue into the context of evolution and technology. Immerse yourself in the young aspiring artist’s collaborative oeuvre that will force you to reconsider your outdated stereotypes.
The Hamburg-based duo Animationseries2000 reflect the poignant issues of our time with dark humor and retrofuturist-minimalist animations and installations. Their recent project HUMAN SIMULATOR is their meta take on consumerism; the “game” works within a system of flattened, binary paradigms, which, through their simplicity, serve all the more to underscore certain realities common to us all.
Jellyburger’s saturated neons may remind one of vaporwave and internet aesthetics, but there is more at play here than surfaces: her works oscillate between stillness and motion, delving into the perplexities of the contemporary while keeping in mind the greater pictures at play.
Joey Holder’s speculative installations force one to question every foundation taken for granted. Despite her interest in seemingly disparate subject matters, her works share a preoccupation with depth, be it the sea, the internet or the human psyché. Take a dive with us into the acclaimed artist’s perspective.
It is with great pleasure that we are introducing the next theme for the upcoming three months. FUTURE FORECASTING will delve into fringe notions on the outskirts of our reality, which are bound to become mainstream. The incredible accompanying animation was custom-made for SWARM Mag by French artist Guillaume Legoux.
Jesse May Fisher employs the moving image and photography for the exploration of madness in her family history. In this interview she provides us with the interpretive context for her project Milk Fever (a folk term for post-natal depression) and touches on the questions of the body, femininity and herbal medicine passed down through generations.
BORA creates 3D artworks that seem to hang in the fragile balance between solidity and aether. These slippery bodies are like any other: unique, embodied, and craving intimacy. Let us explore Bora’s world to slow down and reconnect with our physicality.
After dealing with the oftentimes fantastical, spiritual and ephemeral topics of the preceding neo-medievalism-focused theme, we're now shifting gears to something very real, personal, non-abstract and tangible. Make room for HEAVENLY BODIES. In this article, you'll find a summary of what's to come.
Once we slip under the first, surface layer of surreal absurdity, we uncover a network of complex allusions and social commentaries artist Jakub Jansa masterfully weaves into universes of his own making in a series of storytelling videos.
The Dance of Death, der Totentanz or Danse Macabre is a medieval motif that was meant to remind the audience of the fragility and transience of their lives. Russian-born illustrator and video artist Sonya the Moon understands this theme as something very present due to the global pandemic situation.
For some time now, our brains have been floating in the shallow waters of the Understimulation Sea. With bread, salt and hair clippers, we welcomed the era of staying safe and sane between the four walls, still. The third exclusive video by SWARM Mag awaits you.
Audiovisual artist Lea Petříková presents a series of three videos, all encompassing the NEO-MEDIEVALISM theme, bordering on contemporary expressive dance performance with added visual effects and a hint of storytteling. During viewing, they invoke a feeling that we're about to witness something ominous – but it never comes.
No old tale and myth of yore is safe from Shifra Osorio Whewell, Amsterdam-based filmmaker and storyteller, who retells those with contemporary settings and everyday objects or by using absurd dreamt-up landscapes. Her imagination runs amok and knows no rules. And there's always rapping.