Vishal Shah

Works

Epoh

Director & Producer: Vishal Shah
Sound: Adam Stanović
Animation Assistance: David Abrantes & Rob Rauchfuss

Duration: 4’14’’
Origination: HD 1920 X 1080
Aspect Ratio: 16:9

epoh rises in the city of Mumbai where, beyond the Gateway of India, we see a diamond-studded pink city guarded by two tigers. epoh moves on. Europe flashes past. Continents emerge and disappear. Finally he departs. What is epoh carrying? A mysterious orb fills his basket... He looks to it and takes comfort, then continues on his journey, battling on, into the unknown. Finally, when he can go no further, epoh delivers his message... In this short animation we are taken on an expedition - an adventure of discovery - into the unknown. Although we witness the trials of epoh, and his quest to deliver his message, we are encouraged to reflect our own journey and ultimately, the universality of hope...

 

Vellum

Director & Producer: Vishal Shah
Improvised Double Bass by: Eduardo Rodriguez
Director of Photography: Lewin St Cyr
Studio Assistance: Renata Kudlacek
3D Specialist & Technician: Rob Rauchfuss
3D Artist & Compositor: Peter Kienetz
Sound Design & Mastering: Benjamin Alejandro

Participants in Order of Appearance.
Paulina Vassileva, Kanti DeBiswas, Steve Baker, María Alché, Anthea Hamilton,
Ksenia Maximova, Conrad Edwards, Ray Domingo.

Duration: 3’ 58”
Origination: HD 1920 X 1080
Aspect Ratio: 16:9

Vellum is a moving sound sculpture with a serious bass. Projected 2D double images are aesthetically 3D extruded and in constant rotation. The plateau of each extrusion is either hidden or limited, holding and composing the pictorial plane. Movements are fast and slow turning into sculptural islands to the sound of an improvised double bass. Vellum is beautiful in detail and timely in each movement. Everything is concealed and only the end reveals the true story.

 

Pollen

Director & Producer: Vishal Shah
Sound: Adam Stanović
Colour: David Abrantes
Studio & Camera: Renata Kudlacek
Technical Advisor: Dr Roddy Cañas
Lighting Instruction: George Duck

Duration: 4’36” 
Origination: DV & Motion Design
Aspect Ratio: 16:9

Pollen: a visual music experience structured around a series of thematic contrasts; light and dark, organic and synthetic, certainty and ambiguity, existence and emptiness. Perhaps the most important of these is an exploration of movement and stasis, since this central contrast is used to divide the film into three episodic moments; Pollen opens with the gradual unfolding of an image, thus enabling the viewer to explore its form and detail. However, this almost static moment is soon replaced by vigorous pulses of energy and motion that drive the film onwards. The sound-world enhances these contrasts; references to the elements - wind, water and metallic objects - tally with the title of the film and are in discourse with the images that Pollen presents.

 

Recollection

Directors & Producers: Vishal Shah & Renata Kudlacek
Origination: Super 8mm
Duration: 1'00" Loop
Aspect Ratio: 4:3

We don’t retrieve our memories, rather memory recreates itself continuously and in doing so produces its own narrative. The film consists of enlarged sequences from a mix of Super8 films collected and produced – cut, sequenced and layered into a moving image collage. Past and present is falling into the rafters of an infinite loop. Recollection begins with a hand reaching for a flower floating in water and emerging from the gentle ripples appears a little girl aged 9 (Renata) from the visual field, she dances, twirls around and slowly disappears again. A hand picks off a petal and the form of what appears at first glance to be hundreds of butterflies fan outwards. However, they are not butterflies, they are moths, since not everything in a recollection is always beautiful and dreamlike.

 

About

Vishal Shah is an artist and commercial art director. Originally from London he lives and works in Berlin. With a multi-disciplinary outlook, he accomplished eight years (2003-2011) as a visiting lecturer at the Royal College of Art, London and as an Adjunct Professor at Richmond, and The American International University in London. Vishal directs and produces moving image work for international screenings and visual music events across Europe, America and Asia. His work is uniquely installed as installation art. He is part of the Arts and Ethics Research Group at the University of Edinburgh.

 

Exhibitions

 

Vitae

Born: Mumbai / India

Lives and works: Berlin / Germany

MA Fine Art, Royal College of Art, London / UK

BA Fine Art, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge / UK


Exhibitions & Screenings

2019 Poetics of Change, Fann A Porter Gallery, Dubai, UAE

2018 Exchange Berlin, Kühlhaus Berlin, Germany

2017 BB17, BBA Gallery, Berlin, Germany

2017 Field Works - Arts & Ethics Research Group of Edinburgh University. BBA Gallery, Berlin, Germany

2016 Elektramusic Vidéomusique 2 (#17), Résonances Electriques, Strasbourg, France

2016 13th World Congress of the International Association of Bioethics, Arts + Ethics Exhibition, Edinburgh, UK

2016 Uncharted Territories, Solo show, BBA Gallery, Berlin, Germany

2016 Athens Digital Arts Festival #ADAF2016 - Screening: Pop Apocalyptic - After Dark, Athens, Greece

2016 Seeing Sound 4 - 2016 Screenings, curated by Professor Joseph Hyde, Bath Spa, UK

2015 If Yesterday Were Today, Group Show, Berlin Germany, Barga Italy, London UK

2014 Gustav Metzger, Facing Extinction, Artist film programme curated by Amanda Couch, University of Creative Arts, UK

2014 SoundImageSound 10 International Festival of New Music & Visual Image, University of the Pacific, USA

2013 Projection vidéomusicale électroacoustique, Elektramusic, Geneva, Switzerland

2012 EMUFest 2012, International Festival of Electroacoustic Music, Rome, Italy

2011 Sounding Images, Altadena, California, USA

2011 Gare du Nord - Banhof fur Neue Musik, Basel, Switzerland

2011 Scream Festival: Sounding Images - Redcat, Roy and Edna Disney / Calarts Theater, Los Angeles, USA

2011 Understanding Visual Music, Concordia University, Montreal, Canada

2010 Recollection, Collaboration with Renata Kudlacek, Kulturzentrum Die Fabrik, Frankfurt am Main, Germany

2010 Sur les Trace de Russolo, Musee d’Art Moderne et Contemporain, Strasbourg, France

2009 Futurism and Memory, Bibliotheca Arts Center, Alexandria, Egypt

2009 Not Still Art, Curated by Carol Goss, Micro Museum, New York, USA

2009 Música Viva Festival - Som das Esferas, Mosteiro dos Jerónimos, Parede, Portugal

2009 Visual Music Marathon, Visual Arts Theatre, curated by Dr. Dennis Miller, New York, USA

2009 Visual Music Concert, Simon Bolivar University, Caracas, Venezuela

2009 Evolution Festival - Message in a Bottle, Lumen & The Projection Gallery, Leeds, UK

2009 Elektramusic, au CEAAC, Strasbourg, France

2009 Instant Melancholia - A Farewell to Polaroid, Raum 121, Frankfurt, Germany

2009 Visual Music Screening, Folkwang Hochscule Essen, Essen Univ. of Art and Theatre, Essen, Germany

2008 Hello - I’m not here, International group show, Raum 121, Frankfurt, Germany

2008 Visual Music, The Kunstverein Dresden, The society of Artists Dresden, Germany

2008 Sweetwater E/A Electroacoustic Music Concert #4 - Northeast Indiana, USA

2008 Visual Music ZKM, Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie Karlsruhe, Germany

2008 Magmart - Video Under Volcano, Casoria Contemporary Art Museum, Naples, Italy

2007 8th Seoul International Film Festival, Seoul, South Korea

2007 CynetArt Visual Music - 07 Encounter’, curated by Prof. Dr. Wilfried Jentzsch, Dresden, Germany

2007 They Do Things Differently There, The Crypt, St Pancras, London, UK

2007 Siggraph 2007 VMM, Visual Music Marathon, San Diego, California, USA

2007 Visual Music Marathon, Curated by Dr. Dennis Miller, Northeastern Universty, Boston, USA

2006 Electronic Oasis - 19th Festival, Les Instants Video, Cinema MK2 Bibliotheque, Paris, France

2006 Passion - Liverpool Biennial Independents, Liverpool, UK

2006 Still in Motion, Video show curated by Vishal Shah, Leonard Street Gallery, London, UK

2006 Video Art London, Famu Academy of Performing Arts, Prague, Czech Republic

2006 Mobile, Espace Landowski, Curated by Robin Rimbaud, Paris, France

2006 AV Festival 06, LifeLike - digital shorts, Newcastle, Sunderland & Middlesbrough, UK

2005 Open Screening - Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK

2005 International Kunst Film Biennale - Film screening, Museum Ludwig, Köln, Germany

2005 Tavistock - Short film festival, London, UK

2005 Armenian Centre for Contemporary Experimental Art - ACCEA, Yerevan, Armenia

2004 technique - Royal College of Art, London, UK

2003 Film, Other India’s - Film screening, Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK

2002 We Did It - Domobaal Gallery, London, UK

2002 3:1 Projections - Hockney Gallery, Royal College of Art, London, UK

2002 III Festival De Gravura De Evora, Portugal



Publications

2019 Harper’s Bazaar magazine, Arabia spring issue

Flaco Zacarias