I first met with the Russian painter Kandinsky, who combined the notes and colors, with a post-modern jazz group called “Kandinsky Effect” What I did was so fitting to the music artist’s 1923 “Composition VIII” that I thought of it as a graphic work for music rather than a picture. As I searched, I saw that the bond between Kandinsky and music was much deeper than it seemed.
Abstract animation is a subdivision of experimental animation or cinema. Abstract animations do not use dialog but sound effects. The concept of “abstract animation” mentioned in this article corresponds to the animation type which does not contain non-objective, figurative elements, starting from Kandinsky’s abstract picture description. In terms of graphic design, it can be included in motion graphics (kinetic painting) types. Especially logo videos are used in intro of commercials and films. Elements like music, color, emotion are essential.
Abstract Animation Examples
Kandinsky is an abstract resident builder but has not had a chance to try abstract animation. But the experiments made on the artifacts left behind proves how prone to this sleeping.
Painting: Vassily Kandinsky, Composition VIII (1923)
Music: The Kandinsky Effect, Girl/Boy Song
Animation: Manu Meyre, 2010
I was very pleased when I first watched Manu Meyre’s animation. There is another interpretation of the same composition that is on the foreground of the clock item. Below, our friend Khronosabre called it “kinetic painting”.
Animation: Khronosabre (?), 2008
I think then a fashion has started and all the moving graphicists including “media design” have made an interpretation. Eunsun Kim from South Korea, Hongik University.
Animation: Eunsun Kim, 2015
We see that transitions are even smoother as technology advances. Ps (Photoshop), AI (Illustrator) and AE (After Effects) are enough. But the following have also added 3D technology into the interpretation. Schizophrenia, uneasiness, sweetness and a fantastic world have been. The most successful animation project on this list.
Animation: mofac & alfred
The following is a short film work in the 3D Kandinsky Composition world. Cinema 4D is used. Animation may seem like a beginner’s job, but it is so successful that you graduate from the animation department. Because there is something unfinished. Render and light problems are taken care of over time.
Animation: pio2u (?), 2011
Let’s do ending with a professional animation. I found the color palette to be very successful.
Animation: Alexey Berezyuk, 2015
Wassily Kandinsky (1866-1944)
Kandinsky is so important that he believes that colors are psychological values like the same notes. For example, red reminded him of a high-pitched pipe. He came out of these views and found that he had to work on “color music”. The following picture also initiated the so-called “Abstract Art” . Even so, this explains why his paintings are so compatible with musical animations and fabric patterns.
Kandinsky, who does not like the word “abstract” very much, has suggested the terms “non-objective, non-figurative”. The following 6 minute video is a nice introduction. Attention to the evolutionary change of his works. No one is born with abstraction. Remember that art is a performative, that is, a constantly evolving part of the art.
There was no internet in December 1944 when my painter died. The most popular and most influential works of the artist are his latest compositions. It is evident that the artist is in search of a musical harmony with certain geometric shapes. Technological, humanity could only be reached years later, which would reveal the secret life in these magnificent works. We now have computers and Kandinsky’s works seem to be revived in another dimension.
Gombrich, E.H. (2013). Sanatın Öyküsü (Story of Art) (E. Erduran, Ö. Erduran, Çev.). İstanbul: Remzi Kitabevi.