Monthly Archives: September 2010

Shapes


This work was inspired by buildings and structures around the world bearing these futuristic shapes. Many of the buildings shown were designed by Santiago Calatrava, although I have included other architects and designs as well.

About three months ago, as I was constructing a tango video, was struck by the unique shape of a bridge I had included in the production. After a bit of digging I learned more about the pedestrian bridge called “Puente de la Mujer” in Puerto Madero, Buenos Aires. It was designed by the renowned spanish architect Santiago Calatrava and had the familiar and unequivocal shapes as many of his creations. The more I researched and read about these structures, the more I got inpsired to present my view of it.

I discovered similarities (so I think) between these curved shapes and many of the paintings by Vassilly Kadinsky 1866 – 1944 :: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wassily_Kandinsky. I decided to use them as companions and contrast to this production.
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Original Music: Shapes by Luis Carlos Espinosa :: http://lcespa.blogspot.com/
Music is copyrighted – DO NOT copy or distribute

Countries and cities where these structures are located:
Argentina-Buenos Aires;
Spain-Valencia, Barcelona, Sevilla;
Portugal-Bilbao;
USA-New York City, Milwaukee, Denver;
Malaysia-Kuala Lumpur;
Canary Islands-Tenerife;
Australia; Wales-Swansea;
Ireland-Dublin;
Dubai; Canada-Toronto
China-Pavillion of World Fair 2010
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Enjoy,
Leo Bar

Libérense – Free yourselves


This video was produced as a collaboration with composer Alex Conrado who created this beautiful musical piece. We worked previously on another collaboration -Water Sonata- and since then thought that we work well together, have complementary strengths and enjoy quality experiences.
As a result of this understanding, we formalized our association and named it “Imagining to Music” (I2M). Our specialty and focus will be to concentrate on working with artists, photographers and painters to produce professionally compelling visual portfolios of their work.
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This was the experience that cemented our creative relationship. We decided to take up a difficult and controversial subject, and see if we can convey the idea and message without dialogue, narrative or written background. We would have to communicate the message through music and images in less than 5 minutes time. (There was a compromise; to put three short statements up front, to set the tone and direction for the viewers)
From this point on it took us over 10 weeks of back-and-forth assembling, tearing apart and refining this work. It took over 8 re-edits, and that was after we thought and agreed that we had a final draft!
We hope you appreciate the detail, subtlety and power we intended to convey with this creation.

Elements used in this production:
~ Original Music: Liberadlas by Alex Conrado
~ Photography all @ flickr.com: Trey Ratcliff – StuckInCustoms; Shirin Winiger; Andres Castañeda – VideoPlacebo; Dietmar Temps – * hiro008; Kris Krug – KK+’s
~ Animation & Montage: Leo Bar