Karnival is a series of super-short animated pieces created by Jun seo Hahm at Portland commercial studio Bent Image Lab. The first two episodes are up at Karnival.tv with additional episodes debuting every two weeks.

The films defy easy categorization though I thought the first couple pieces were amusing and original bits of animation. The characters have a strong 3D aesthetic but the films are actually “hand-drawn digital vectorized 2D animation,” according to the filmmaker.

Directed by Jun Seo Hahm, these cute, creepy, and utterly mad micro-shorts have been written about in Motionographer, Cartoon Brew, and many others throughout the animation world for their originality of style and story. Jun's work has screened at a number of international film festivals, and his Karnival series continues to receive praise for it's unique vision.

KARNIVAL is a very short 10 episodes of animation series mainly about unexpectable behaviors of unique characters. Karnival was screended at; Indie-AniFest, Pictoplasma's Character in Motion, SICAF

production company : Bent Image Lab
written, design and directed by Jun seo Hahm
digital composition by Loren Judah
Music and sound by Ethan Rose
Made from 2006 to 2008.

Seo Hahm

scrape | artwork and documentation | seoul square media canvas | robert seidel | 2011

Seoul seems to be a glowing, crystal-like urban canyon, each chasm illuminated and infinitely reflected in flat facets of glass. The film shows abstract formations that are scraped and cut out of the missing darkness of the city. They reveal a light volume overcoming the flatness of the façade by breaking into the space from the front or dissolving it from behind.

In its slowly evolving, almost biological structures the work is reminiscent of deep-sea creatures. These complex life forms try to attract their prey with emission of light, so-called bioluminescence. In this case the “prey” is the potential audience, who nearly lose sight of the nearby billboards and city lights as they follow a hypnotic contrast to the pulsating city life of Seoul.

scrape uses a colour palette of warm shades of blue, red and green which originate from the defined raster of neutral light sources of the media canvas. The moving afterimages painted in pure light extend over the orthogonal framework of the façade, providing a view into a stream of forms and colours. Voluminous black spaces divide and separate the scene into ever-changing ambiguous sculptural formations. With their constant process of growth and decay into darkness they seem to exist in the flat surface and the spatial depth at the same time.

Overall the film maps the fluid dynamics of the inner forces of an organic structure, recapturing and quieting a world agitated by technology.

Video: Robert Seidel
Rafał Stachowiak
Commissioned by Goethe-Institute Seoul and Gana Art Center
Exhibition German Media Art on Seoul Square Media Canvas
Original Dimension: 99 x 79m
5th April to 27th September 2011
Seoul, South Korea

Robert Seidel

Bird - 3D Max, Fumefx, Thinking Particle, Krakatoa

Turtle - 3D Max, Fumefx, Thinking Particle, Krakatoa



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