Contemporary artists work together with animators in order to translate and express their ideas into innovative video installations. Aimée has worked with several contemporary artists to bring their ideas to life, including American artist Miljohn Ruperto and Iranian artist Mehraneh Atashi.

A selection of work can be found below.

 



With Miljohn Ruperto. Continuous loop, Digital animation.
Premiered: 18th Street Arts Center, Los Angeles

During their residency in the 18th Street Arts Centerin Los Angeles, contemporary artist Miljohn Ruperto and Aimée de Jongh joined forces in order to create a series of animated films called Mineral Monsters. In this series, they studied how to make a three-dimensional experience with merely two 2D-drawings. Because these drawings flicker rapidly, and because the images are only slightly different, they trick the eye into experiencing parallax and therefore a 3D effect. The rocks and minerals are based on real minerals that Ruperto collected. The videos were exhibited in the 18th Street Arts Center Gallery. More about the project can be read here.

Images are courtesy of: Koening & Clinton, New York. For more info, visit their website.

 

Four stills from the final series, as shown in the 18th Street Arts Gallery:

A video from the opening night of the exhibition:


 

With Miljohn Ruperto. 3:30 minutes, Digital animation. Premiered: Whitney Biennial 2013, The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York

In this first collaboration with contemporary L.A. artist Miljohn Ruperto, Aimée created a modern-day version of Janus, the two-faced Roman god of duality and transitions, of beginnings and endings, gates and doorways. He is depicted with two faces as he looks both forward and backward, to the future and the past. The video presents a close-up of a dying “duck-rabbit,” a vivified version of an ambiguous illustration made popular by the Austrian-British philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein in his Philosophical Investigations. The figure in the illustration appears to be a duck and a rabbit at the same time, as the beak can be interpreted as ears, and vice versa. But this time, the duck-rabbit is also both dying and living. It gasps for air, but because the movie is a continuous loop, the creature never really dies.

Images are courtesy of: Koening & Clinton, New York. For more info, visit their website.