Expand your knowledge on Dr. Strangeloop, David Wexler – Los Angeles based visual artist and content curator for the mind-expanding media channel of Future Cinema pieces. Strangeloop exposes his great taste through his media channel DMTV and through StrangeloopTV he shares a mass library of his own original rich visual video creations.
What inspired the creation of DMTV? I was putting together an on-going series of Shorts called the Future Cinema Series, they played as interludes between acts at the Brainfeeder Sessions in LA. This was a series we were putting together in the Downtown Independent movie theatre. I hit up some of my favorite contemporary motion-graphics designers / media-makers and to my surprise we were able to get a lot of these incredible films from around the world together to screen for LA audiences. I’m a huge fan of cinema, and what I guess I’d call New-Cinema or Future-Cinema, a definite genre that I can identify online — almost a whole category of new shorts born from tech-savvy graphics designers stretching the limits of their minds, dabbling
in the hyper-real possibilities of motion graphics, the blurry haze between our sci-fi and our contemporary world, invisible worlds within our world which can be expressed in computer models. For me, I just put a banner on a lot of the things and call them Future-Cinema. DMTV, while also being a call for Mind-Expanding media, is really a collection of Shorts which I see as a part of a genre of cinema which is individuating itself from the broad aesthetics of the field of Motion Graphics. Brilliant artists like Scott Pagano, J.P. Frenay, Semiconductor, exemplify this world for me.
Have you found any particular ways the worlds of audio and visual overlap? They always overlap, and it is more and more evident in our era. All music can be interpreted as visual data and all visions can be interpreted as musical patterns. In a contemporary context, its all code which can be cut-up, transposed, re-defined. For me, different media have no exclusivity, in my mind they get all wrapped up with one another, and inspire one another, a song inspires a vision, a vision makes me think of a song … sometimes I have this very romantic idea that we’re all synesthetic but have forgotten how to perceive the world in a holistic manner. I’m curious if I can train myself to be more synesthetic.
What has been the most challenging project you have had to work on in your career? Developing content for Skrillex, and working with a much larger team, has been a great challenge. Certainly some of the most technically demanding and rewarding projects I’ve worked on has been with the Skrillex — with the Cell, his projection mapping / motion capture / stage show — it was like working with the most sophisticated visual tools that exists, but inevitably tools that were being updated and designed as we’re going on the road with them! Phil Reyneri, one of the genius touch-designers on the team, was creating the interface for the system so that I could fly on it, updating it as we traveled through Europe to incorporate the latest features being developed. I love the whole Skrillex crew because they continually push the envelope and I get to rise to meet the challenges of wholly new set-ups that have never been executed before. They’re not fucking around, they wanna bring the shows to a whole-other, basically sci-fi, level — which is great to be a part of.
Who would be your dream artist to work with? I’m working with some of them for sure Though I’d love to work with Aphex Twin, Bjork, Sigur Ros. Sigur Ros makes such beautiful music. It would be incredible to design a show for their sounds. There is so many extraordinary artists out there, I feel like I always get to work with the people I’m supposed to work with — I feel blessed.
Who/what was your biggest artistic influence growing up? I always loved the Visionary arts, work inspired by mystical states. Alex Grey, Leigh McCloskey, Ernst Fuchs … its hard to pinpoint one person, visual artist, film-maker, musician. I’ve always been curious about the aesthetics of other dimensions, how can you communicate things through art that you experience, but have little or no cultural analogue. Seemingly alien things that may be a deep part of our collective reality, but things we’ve lost touch with. I’ve always liked art where I feel that mapping process going on, where I feel the invisible showing itself, and something from beyond culture arriving into our minds at the right moment.
What/who is on your radar right now? THEO ELSWORTH // artist behind Flying Lotus’s ‘Pattern Grid World’ album, made an incredible book called Capacity — highly recommended.
What is an inspirational quote or lyric you want to leave off with? “Dream in a pragmatic way.” -Aldous Huxley-
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