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French artist Carine Khalifé directed the video for Young Galaxy’s song, Blown Minded, taken from their third album Shapeshifting. Khalifé hand-painted every frame of this video to create the luminous and textured look of the animation. The film has screened in festivals around the world and Khalife won a Director of Photography award at the Salon International de la Luz.

Basically, my technique was to paint on a piece of glass fixed to a light box. I would paint on the glass with oil so that it wouldn’t dry, and I could play with it for hours. A camera, fixed overhead above the animation table and plugged in my computer, would capture my paintings frame by frame and create the animation using the software Stop Motion Pro. This process took place inside a dark room so that there wouldn’t be interference or changing lights on the paint. The single light source came from beneath the glass, revealing the textures and details of brushes movements.
I worked a lot with transparency. The more paint, the darker the image, and therefore the animation becomes about gesture, and the texture of brushstrokes; it’s a very physical, organic process. I based the number of frames per second (sometimes 8 sometimes 12) on the rhythm of the music. Everything is based on the rhythm. It was important for me, especially for the abstract parts, that I was responding to the song conversationally; like a running dialogue. I think I’ve listened to the song more than a thousand times. And because i would often listen to it and focus solely on drums, voice, lyrics, or melody – I was still able to hear new things each time.

Young Galaxy are a Canadian indie rock/dream pop band, whose members are Stephen Ramsay (vocals/guitar), Catherine McCandless (vocals/keyboards), and Stephen Kamp (bass/vocals) and their sound has been described as similar to the bands Slowdive, Galaxie 500 and Luna. The band has toured all over the world opening for Arcade Fire, The Album Leaf and they later moved to Montreal, where they recorded their self-titled debut (April 2007). They released their second album Invisible Republic in Montreal in 2009 through Fontana North. The band followed up in fall 2010 with YG No Art EP, an EP comprising unreleased tracks and remixes from the Invisible Republic sessions. Ultramarine is the name and colour of Young Galaxy’s fourth LP, the first album they have made away from Montreal, across the sea, all together with electronic producer Dan Lissvik. (last.fm)

Carine Khalifé is a French visual artist. Her multidisciplinary art practice includes graphic design, illustration, drawing, painting, photography, video and animation. She has a Master’s degree in graphic design and art direction from ESAG Penninghen (Paris, France – 2006), studied traditional animation at The Art Institute of Bournemouth (Bournemouth, England – 2005), and attended the painting residency program at The School of Visual Art (New York, USA – 2010). She created animated and still visuals for musicians (Young Galaxy, Kelli Rudick), feature film and short films (« Dessine-toi » and « Portraits-Autoportraits » by Gilles Porte), as well as client works for agencies (TBWA, 19-03 Ltd., A9, Mindscape, Planet Nemo).

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