TAPE GENERATIONS (3', The Netherlands, 2011)

 

A time lapse animation, TAPE GENERATIONS is an abstract choreography of shapes, reminding of Bugsy Berkley’s kaleidoscopic on-screen performances. It is a non-narrative short that focuses on visual and temporal rhythm as it plays with the audiences’ perception. Hundreds of transparent tape rolls stuck in a symmetric structure take a life of their own, as they start peeling off in unpredictable compositions and at their own pace.

Director: JOHAN RIJPMA

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Cinematography: JOHAN RIJPMA

Editing: JOHAN RIJPMA

Music: JOHAN RIJPMA

Producer: JOHAN RIJPMA



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Director's contact: johan[at]johanrijpma[dot]nl

 

 

JOHAN RIJPMA is a student at the Utrecht School of the Arts (Faculty of Art, Media and Technology) in Hilversum. His work reflects a fascination with shapes and rhythm and his tendency towards studying his unpredictable environment. The movies he makes often explore the balance between a thought-out arrangement and an arrangement of “chance”. Other short films made by him are DIVISION (2012), 8 FRAME GRID (2010), TILES (2008) etc.

 

Rotterdam IFF 2012 / Wiesbaden Exground Filmfest 2012 / Kurzfilmtage Winterthur 2012 / Nederlands Film Festival 2011 / Split IFF Croatia 2012

 

One night after working on a collage for many hours I decided to call it a day. I taped the role of tape that I had been using for my collage on the edge of my desk, where I left it hanging through the rest of the night. When I woke up the next morning I saw that the role of tape had unwound itself almost all the way to the ground. I became very fascinated by this discovery. It seemed that while I was working and sleeping the role of tape had been living its own secret life. With the film TAPE GENERATIONS I wanted to reveal the slow paced life of these clear tape rolls by using time-lapse photography. In the film we see large numbers of tape rolls affixed to a ceiling in symmetrical patterns. While the motives of their behavior is mainly determined by the force of gravity, each roll of tape expresses its own individual character by moving at its own pace. This causes the orderly designed formations from which they start to slowly break apart. Degenerating as the adhesive strength of the tape fails, the rolls are drawn down unpredictably by time and gravity.” (JOHAN RIJPMA)

 

“This short movie focuses on the spatial relationship between the objects used and the place where the movie is being shot. It challenges the viewer’s perception of the tape rolls, defamiliarizing them of their meaning: the rolls loose their object-status and instead become shapes, part of an abstract pattern. We come to recognize in them a peculiar sort of free will, as they take a life of their own. True to chaos theory, orderly patterns unravel in hypnotic ways.” (Diana Mereoiu, BIEFF 2012)

 

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