A selection of artists and video makers working in a similar area or of inspiration to me (in no particular order):

Balance by Christoph and Wolfgang Lauenstein

Great piece of stop motion. Inspiring spareness with great narrative.

Florian Thalhofer

When Florian Thalhofer shows one of his interactive documentaries in theaters, he supplies the audience with laser pointers. The audience can vote with their pointers at different stages in the video to construct the narrative collectively.

This is a good talk from him (sadly with an irritating tune in the background)

And this is a interview with him on

Studie nr 8 (excerpt) by Oskar Fischinger

Exploding Plastic Inevitable

The Velvet Underground – Venus in Furs (Exploding Plastic Inevitable, live performance) – An experimental series of performances featuring projections by Andy Warhol.

The Contradiction of Silence by Alexander Ekman

I discovered this after watching the RNZB perform the suburb “Three by Ekman”. This short video stats to capture the surreal sets and costumes as well as great lighting and of course dance I have in mind.

The making of ICED FLOWERS

Stunning flower arrangements frozen in ice by Dries Van Noten X Azuma Makoto.

The Cook the Thief His Wife and Her Lover (1989)

Peter Greenaway’s visually stunning film captures some of the surreal feel and theatricality I’m looking for. But be warned – it is really quite disturbing in parts!
Not one for the kiddies!

National Geographic: Antarctic Deep Dive

Maybe not inspiration as much as reference. This film crew was at the dive site with us.  To me it represents a great example of post modern ‘documentary’ i.e. reality is just the starting point for entertainment.

Insideout|Leigh Sachwitz & Andi Toma

Video mapping and dance

Do Ho Suh

is a Korean sculptor and installation artist that has done some great installations using polyester fabric and wire to create architectural forms.


Method Studios

2016 AICP Sponsor Reel – Dir Cut from Method Studios on Vimeo.

Some stunning mocap/animation which makes me wonder if something like this could be (with some sort of monster render engine) be turned into mixed reality instillation with a dancer and projection.

My fav video for 2016

Olafur Eliasson

I love his combination of the physical and light. Especially love “I only see things when they move, 2004” which is along the lines of an effect I want to experiment with to create a projected aurora

Stu Foster and friends

My Mdes supervisor from Massey

Stu presented Equilibrist at a symposium the other day. Bloody great.

The performance fuses live tracked sensor dance, utilising video mapping, projection and sound to create a unique live cinema event at Zentrum Paul Klee.

Conceived and Directed : Daniel Belton and Good Company Arts. Dancers : Daniel Belton and Tom Ward. Spatial Design : Stuart Foster. Live Cinema Processing: Joshua Lewis

Diana Thater

Thater’s work interesting from the perspective of her use of vibrant colour and projection it also  probes the fraught line between human and animal – her 1999 work Delphine being a case in point.

 I like one thing she said after asking why someone would take a child to see an animal in a cage at the zoo. The person responded “How else will she see a giraffe?” to which Thater replied “Maybe she shouldn’t see a giraffe? Maybe the only place you should see a giraffe is on National Geographic? Maybe that’s why we have National Geographic?”

Stefan Heinrichs

German photographer and filmmaker Stefan Heinrichs lives and works between Berlin and London. He shoots honest, insightful portraits alongside passionate editorials. Stefan Heinrichs captures those spontaneous moments that reveal authentic character and raw emotion. His editorial clients have included Vogue Germany, Interview Germany and French Glamour, and he has shot films for NOWNESS and AnOther Magazine.

I particularly like the way he shoots video as if it were a still, often playing with multiple images on the screen. Two of my favourites are Elephant Polo and NOWNESS, on Design: Marcel Wanders

Quite like his website too … once I figured out what was going on.

Elephant Polo The King’s Cup
 from stefan heinrichs on Vimeo.

NOWNESS, on Design: Marcel Wanders from stefan heinrichs on Vimeo.

Edyta Stepien

Edyta Stepien is a multimedia artist that lives and works in Chicago. Her artistic practice focuses on large scale video and sight specific installations. In her installations she is blurring the boundaries between what is natural and synthetic what is organic and mechanic. She is creating immersive environments.


Her seven channel video “NonPhenomena”

Daniel Crooks

Kiwi video artist now living in Aussie. Often teaming up with great sound design by Byron J. Scullin

I really enjoy how Crooks manipulates time. To me his approach is very pragmatic – not unlike my own. He has an understanding of time you get if you have a scientific mind and use video composing tools like AfterEffects. A still photographers approach to video. Acknowledging the temporal and spacial location of objects and manipulating there relationship.

Static No.19 (shibuya rorschach) from Daniel Crooks on Vimeo.
An Embroidery of Voids from Daniel Crooks on Vimeo.
Static No.12 (seek stillness in movement) from Daniel Crooks on Vimeo.
Static No.19 (shibuya rorschach) from Daniel Crooks on Vimeo.

Phil Dadson

Phil is part of the Kermadec Project with me. He went to Antarctica in 2011.
His website:

TERRA INCOGNITA (Polar Projects: 3 in 1screen version)
An ironic take on the magnetic attraction of the ‘ice’ for adventurers; explorers, artists, scientists. Filmed in Antarctica 2003.

The central screen is haunted by a looming shadow literally breaking through ice. The two flanking screens depict imagery shot in the interior of Scott’s hut on the edge of McMurdo Sound. Anthems of nations represented on the ice, waft through dense ice-crunching sounds of the shadow-image walking across a brittle ice-scape.


Conference of Stones – The Fate of Things to Come (2013) from Phil Dadson on Vimeo.

Jonathan Harris

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Jonathan Harris is an artist and computer scientist, born August 27, 1979. He lives in Vermont.

I find his work very interesting but he regularly falls into the trap of the interface overpowering the content – something I specifically want to avoid. An example is the whale hunt interactive  which is extremely clever but I prefer the highlights page from the same interactive

His work is in the permanent collection of The Museum of Modern Art, and has been exhibited at Le Centre Pompidou (Paris), the CAFA Art Museum (Beijing), the Barbican Center (London), the Victora and Albert Museum (London), and The Pace Gallery (New York). He studied computer science at Princeton University and spent a year in Italy at Fabrica. The winner of three Webby Awards, Print Magazine named him a “New Visual Artist,” and the World Economic Forum named him a “Young Global Leader.” His TED talks have been viewed millions of times.

His website:

I quite like this one:

And the whale hunt

Yasujirō Ozu

Way of Ozu from kogonada on Vimeo.

Gabby O’Connor


Anne Noble

Ok … So the Collage of Creative Arts, at Massey University is a busy place, full of talented people doing amazing projects and that means sometimes you miss out on talking to the people you work with … that’s the excuse I’m going to use because it wasn’t until I stumbled upon this interview with my fellow CoCAnut Anne Noble (Distinguished Professor Anne Noble to be correct) that I really got some great insights into her work and realised that we have similar thoughts particularly on the environment, science and process.

She has also been to Antarctica twice!

Obviously we have talked about Antarctica but … We really need to have that coffee.

Joyce Campbell

Yet another Kiwi photographer that has been to Antarctica courtesy of Antarctica New Zealand. But it is actually her video work “Flight Dream” that I really find inspiration in.

Ross Gibson

Ross Gibson is a research affiliate at the University of Sydney. As part of his research he makes books, films and art installations investigating the use of narrative and private ritual in the comprehension of everyday experience. His recent works include the books ‘Seven Versions of an Australian Badland’ (2002) and ‘The Summer Exercises’ (2009), the video installation ‘Street X-Rays’ (2005), the interactive audiovisual environment ‘BYSTANDER’ (a collaboration with Kate Richards) (2007), and the durational work ‘Conversations II’ for the 2008 Biennale of Sydney.


Bystander Interactive video instillation: In 1998 Ross Gibson and Kate Richards began collaborating on a suite of works, known collectively as Life After Wartime. In a range of different media, the suite of works responds to an archive of crime scene photographs from Sydney, 1945-60. See it here.

Gregory Crewdson


I’m not sure there is a direct link between Gregory and this project other than the fact that he takes bloody amazing inspirational photos and that they reflect my early career influencer Edward Hooper. I love his cinematic approach and control of light.

Personal movie theatres

These symbolic elements, resembling three dimensionally exploded ‘speech balloons’ of manga, are actually mini-theaters in which you can watch video archives. Their unique shaped are derived from angle of film projection. Seen from outside, these unique objects represent media transmitting what’s happening at YCAM to the world. They are located around circular tatami (Japanese straw mat) space in the foyer and also on the grand stairs, and visitors can sit inside to watch video archives. They symbolically and physically connect visitors and YCAM through real-time interaction.

Why reducing our carbon emissions matters (a little story about climate change)