Coming from a graphic design background, Eric Schockmel deals with the communicative aspects of visual narratives, especially concerning political subject matters. During his BA studies, he broadens the use of mediums from posters and still images to video art and the moving image in general, before finally investigating digital 3D animation as a medium of choice during a Masters course. The outcome of the latter is a research project, entitled Syscapes, which aims to find a graphical language exploiting and adapted to all the inherent properties of 3D space.

The evolution of the project has so far yielded a series of narrative shorts as well as a collection of purely conceptual animations, instances of which have been shown at exhibitions and film festivals in London, Tokyo, Paris, Berlin, Beijing, Luxembourg, the US and Australia. The shortfilm Syscapes # Interlude was nominated for the Young Illustrators Award and shown at Illustrative 2008 in Zürich and was screened in the Film/Video section at Transmediale.09 in Berlin. It received a “Jury Recommended Work” mention at the Japan Media Arts Festival 2008 and has been shown at its spring 2009 exhibition at the National Art Center in Tokyo, as well as being awarded the “Special Prize” at the Korean BUDi2009 in Busan.

An adaptation of the Syscapes for a 22-screen installation by Konstantin Grcic & Nitzan Cohen was specifically created by the artist for MUDAM Luxembourg’s medialab during the exhibition ELO. Inner Exile – Outer Limits.

Recent work includes Kernel Tourist, an animation commissioned by the Carré Rotondes / Exit07 exhibition space and venue in Luxembourg City.

Eric Schockmel has graduated with distinction from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, London (MA Communication Design / Digital Media) and Ecole de Recherche Graphique, Brussels (BA Graphic Design & Video Art).

Exhibitions

On Air: Kernel Toursit, CarréRotondes, Luxembourg, 2009 (solo)

FILE Media Art, Sao Paulo, 2009

Art Raw Inaugural Exhibit, New York, 2009

Japan Media Arts Exhibition, Tokyo, 2009

ELO. Inner Exile – Outer Limits, MUDAM, Luxembourg, 2008

Illustrative 08, Zürich, 2008

We Are Here, London, 2008

Continuum, Luxembourg, 2007

Screenings

BUDi2009, Busan

European Media Art Festival 2009, Osnabrück

Festival Némo 2009, Paris

FAD 2009 – Festival de Arte Digital, Belo Horizonte

Transmediale.09, Berlin

Écu – European Independent Film Festival 2008, Paris

2nd London Film Makers Convention 2007, London

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