Random Acts: Aaron Chan

Ahead of its screening on Channel 4 tonight, we spoke to the animator/filmmaker about his epic entry and the collaborative effort behind it

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To be screened as part of Channel 4 and Dazed & Confused's 'Random Acts' project, created as a new platform for raw ideas from breakthrough artists and filmmakers, the new short from animator/filmmaker Aaron Chan features fashion from Damir Doma, choreography from Jeanne-Salomé Rochat and an epic soundtrack by AIDS-3D. The latest creative type to join the ranks of Jake & Dinos Chapman, Rankin, and Ed Atkins, Chan speaks to us here about how the project came about via his lols email address and accidental Tumblr browsing. Aaron Chan had this to say about the project...

I honestly don't think Jeanne-Salomé Rochat had seen any video work I did before contacting me so I thought this might be a scam. Very random

"For this particular project I was approached by choreographer/publisher Jeanne-Salomé Rochat about editing some footage she had. I was genuinely confused as to why she would consider me for this because at this point, she didn't even know who I was or my real name. Apparently she came across my Tumblr (it's weird because it's half boobs and dick pics) and really liked what she saw so she sent an e-mail to the address posted: (mariah_carey2007@hotmail.com) which makes it even more odd because most people think it's a fake e-mail address. I honestly don't think she had seen any video work I did before contacting me so I thought this might be a scam. Very random.

For the parts where it gets really weird on screen it was animated frame by frame, so this film took longer to make than anything else I've worked on in my short career

After exchanging a few e-mails it all seemed legit and the footage she showed me looked interesting enough so I went for it. She gave me a loose guideline of wanting bodies to virtually multiply in space, and to connect that with the clothing and the exhibition/museum space somehow... otherwise I had complete freedom to do whatever I wanted. I worked on it for a few months trying to come up with something visually interesting enough for people to sit through... For the parts where it gets really weird on screen it was animated frame by frame, so this film took longer to make than anything else I've worked on in my short career."

Photos by Maxime Büchi

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