Animation is not only present in cinemas and television, but also in galleries.
Contemporary artists are often working together with animators, in order to
create innovative art and 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 small 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 Center in 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
in Los Angeles, can be seen below:

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. I t 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.