email: look@isobelknowles.com
telephone: 0434413076

SHOWREEL, June 2014

I am an artist and animator. I make installations, films, music videos, commercials and whatever else comes along. I aim to do projects that are out of the ordinary, creative and fun.

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WHAT'S NEW?

09.04.14

Go to the Melbourne Musuem this school holidays and see an animated presentation about Aztecs which I created with my awesome team, Rebecca Hayes (animation), Benjamin Portas (illustration) and Oliver Marriott (coding)

They are running the show at 1pm and 2pm each day of the holidays. The Aztec exhbiition runs from April 9th until August 10th with an opening party this Sunday, April 13th. I can't wait to see all the amazing artefacts!

Tenochtitlan, Aztec City

Moctezuma, King of Aztecs and Tlaloc, God of Rain

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Tezcatlipoca, god of the smoking mirror

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03.03.14

I spent a week with some little paper animals and created this cute promo spot for the Australian Veterinary Association's Polite Pet Month. Written by Zoe Adler Bishop with music by Daniel Clinch.

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24.02.14

Catch of the Day has been featured in the online magazine DEZEEN.com

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11.02.14

If you didn't get to Westspace to see this installation I built with Cat Rabbit, check out the video we made!
Read more about the project...

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31.01.14

A new video for Sally Seltmann.

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30.01.14

New showreel!

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10.12.13

Last week I animated some toilet paper for Who Gives A Crap, a mail-order toilet paper company who donates 50% of their profits towards providing access to toilets in the developing world.

Directed by Ben McEwing (Storylab) Art Direction by Tin Nguyen (Tin&Ed)

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25.11.13

Babies, the single my band just released is in a selection of curated audio as part of the Now Hear This in the Melbourne Now exhibition at the NGV. Look on level 2 in the Ian Potter Center: NGV Australia. The Icypoles are in the Visual Art and Sound selection.

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22.11.13

The Stitching Time exhibition at Craft is on for just one more week. It's an exhibition I curated with Dell Stewart that explores the relationship between animation and textiles. Ten wonderful artists have created a roomful of collaborative installations around this theme. Read more on the Craft Website.

Here's a glimpse:

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8.11.13

My band, The Icypoles have a single out at last! It's called Babies. You can download it from bandcamp. It was produced by Haima Marriott, the cover photographs were taken by Paul Philipson.

There will be an album out early next year in many regions of the world through Lost and Lonesome (Australia), Lil' Chief (NZ) and Highline (UK/US). Look out for it!

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14.10.13

I made a video to help Familia Moja Children's Home in Kenya raise funds to build a bakery. If you're interested, you can make a donation at chuffed.org.

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11.10.13

I have a few things to share. I made a video for Sally Seltmann, some titles for Storybox Library, and some workshops at Tarrawarra Museum of Art.


Needle in the Hay by Sally Seltman

Storybox

Storybox Library Title Sequence

Tarawarra

Tarrawarra workshop participant

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25.09.13

Tomorrow night is the launch of the Signal Screen Commissions. I've been mentoring Meg Gough-Brooks who has made a beautiful multi-screen animation of very sweet animals going about their evening routine. The screening begins at 6.30pm Thursday, September 26th and will be playing after dark every night until November 4th. Other artists who have created works are Arie Rain Glorie, Aiden Morse and Gerardo Godinez.

Meg

Stills by Meg Gough-Brooks

Also, I have a new section of my website! It's a place to find the different events and workshops I have been involved with.

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10.09.13

It's a busy time for launching things at the moment. This Thursday will be the grand unveiling of the sausage dog contraption, A Matter of Factory at Westspace. Cat and I are so excited to show everyone. Come along to the opening at 6pm Thursday or see it some other time between then and October 12. The gallery is open Wednesday til Saturday 12-5pm.

Toy Stories - Canoe

Last weekend was the launch of the Melbourne Museum's First Peoples exhibition. They have created a really amazing journey through Victorian indigenous history. I am so proud to have had the opportunity to contribute to something so important. It will be a permanent addition to the Museum so make sure you take a look sometime. The animations I created are in the Many Nations section with the children's objects.

Toy Stories - Canoe

 

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28.08.13

My friend Katie Geppert has started an interview blog which will be focused on discovering people's creative motivation to turn ideas into reality. I am honored to be her first specimen. Here's the interview and while you're there check out Katie's awesome shopping bags!

In other news, things are getting noisy in my studio with the construction of the sausage factory for Cat Rabbit and my exhibition, A matter of factory (Westspace gallery Sept 12-Oct 12). Here's a video of our mechanical madness.

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28.06.13

I just got back from a trip abroad installing It's a jungle in here in the Vögele Kultur Zentrum in Zurich, Switzerland. The carpentry team there did a great job re-building the booth. The exhibition is called Responsibility and includes a great selection of artwork and factual installations about social, moral and environmental responsibility. Van and I were also in Sydney for ISEA (International Symposium of Electronic Art) with both It's a jungle in here and You Were In My Dream.

Toy Stories - Canoe

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12.04.13

If you want to read some more about the museum project I'm working on check out the museum's blog.

Toy Stories - Canoe

Still from Toy Stories: Tin Roller

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12.04.13

Here's a music video I made for Monnone Alone. The wonderful Stuart Mannion filmed it and the ever patient Catherine Dwyer and Jana Harper wrangled the crew boat. Congratulations Mark on such an awesome song!

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31.03.13

It's been a busy summer. I've been applying to galleries and funding bodies, preparing work for exhibitions in Sydney and Zurich, running workshops and have started working on a few big commissions.

I'm currently making some animated stories for the Melbourne Museum's Bunjilaka Aboriginal Cutural Centre. They are for a touch screen display that will go alongside a collection of children's toy artefacts. Here is a work-in-progress image from the canoe story.

Toy Stories - Canoe

I'm also working with my friends One & Eight to create a ipad app for children. It's going to be a multilingual exploration of a swimming pool.

Pool

Over the Christmas break I made a website for my mum too! She retired from teaching high school French and English and has gone back to making beautiful pottery. I'm so happy for her! Take a look at ultramaureen.net.

ultramaureen

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26.11.12

I spent last week at the beautiful Schoolhouse Studios making an installation for their event, Eat Your Art Out.
I collaborated with a chef, Ashley Mariani to create a Parisian garden made from cardboard and sugar. There were cakes and biscuits strung from cardboard branches and flowing from the cardboard fountain. It was like being in a mini Wonkaland. Read more and see more here!

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01.10.12

Moooi commissioned me to make a video for London Design Week to promote their new clock design by Marcel Wanders. Music by The Bluebottles.

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18.09.12

I'm spending some time in Europe at the moment. I was at Ars Electronica with Van presenting It's a jungle in here and then I was at X Media Lab Switzerland in Basel.

Next I'm heading to Paris to talk to illustration students at École Etienne and after that I will be in Amsterdam building a new version of You Were In My Dream for Cinekid festival which opens the 17th and runs until the 26th of October 2012. Cinekid is the largest international film, TV and new media festival for children in the world and we're looking forward to being a part of it.

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28.08.12

Penguin Books commissioned me to illustrate an inventive call for applicants. So if you need a cool job and you live in the UK, go to impressapenguin.com!

rabbits

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14.08.12

Cat Rabbit and I read Owl Know How at Hill Of Content for National Bookshop Day on Saturday. We've made a display in the window of the shop. Drop past and see Cloud Town this week!

rabbits

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10.08.12

I was on a radio panel talking about making music videos for MIFF with Natasha Pincus, Antuong Nguyen, Johan Rashid. The interviewers were Luke Pocock and John Bailey. You can listen to it here: ondemand.rrr.org.au. Look for the show, Set It Out at 4:00 Tuesday August 7th. We were on at 5.30.

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12.07.12

I've been taking a little break in between animation jobs and getting into some sewing projects. The results of which you can discover in the lovely shop, Kuwaii on Glenlyon Rd, Brunswick.

Isobel with Owl Know How

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28.06.12

I have a painting exhibition up at C3 gallery in the Abbotsford Convent. I'll be in there this weekend 10-5 Saturday and 10-1.30 Sunday. Drop in and have a look!

Isobel with Owl Know How   Isobel with Owl Know How

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28.06.12

I was just going through some old files and found the recording of the State Of Design Festival Band rehearsal from last year. Although it's a rough recording, it captures the spirit of the band I think.

 

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04.06.12

I made another animated promo for Warner. This time it's an interpretation of the clip for All The Rowboats. I used paper on a lightbox and then inverted it. That meant the colours I made the puppets with were quite odd.

Isobel with Owl Know How

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09.05.12

Celebration time! It's a jungle in here has been given an Award of Distinction in the category of Interactive Art at the 2012 PRIX ARS Electronica.

We're very excited about going to the festival in August and presenting our work.

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26.04.12

This just hit the streets. Well the online streets anyway! An animation for Penguin Books made by Woof Wan-Bau with penguin animation by me.


The Penguin English Library opens its doors from Penguin English Library.

And in other news... I made a video interpretation of Natalya Hughes' painting Taco Corsage for her exhibition, The After Party at GOMA. Here is the painting and a still from the video.

Natalya Hughes, Taco Corsage, The After Party, GOMA Natalya Hughes and Isobel Knowles, Taco Corsage, The After Party, GOMA

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28.03.12

Owl Know How, a children's book that I made with textile artist, Cat Rabbit, is just about to be launched! Cat's beautiful creatures first came into my world when I animated them for her her exhibition. At the exhibition opening, we were approached about making a book for Thames & Hudson. Almost a year later, after a lot of activity, here we are with Owl Know How!

Isobel with Owl Know How

Come to the launch! It's at No Vacancy Project Space in the Federation Square atrium on Wednesday, April 4th from 6-8pm. We'll be exhibiting all the sets and characters from the book throughout that week - April 2nd til the 8th - so if you can't make the launch, come and see the exhibition. All details for other book events will be on owlknowhow.com.

Here is the animation that became the basis of the story.

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04.02.12

I've been doing a bit of graphic design lately. Album covers mostly. I just finished the album and single artwork for Children Collide's new album, Monument. Last year I also made artwork for Kikuyu and, of course, The Icypoles as well as doing some layouts for Laura Jean and Francis Plagne.

Children Collide Artwork

Kikuyu Artwork

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10.11.11

Cat Rabbit and I contributed a video piece to The Lovers, The Dreamers and Me, a Jim Henson tribute at Gallery Nucleus in L.A. We had a lot of fun making it. Ivan Dixon did the voices of the muppets. Callum Addis and Catherine Dwyer also helped out.

Have a look!

Sesame Fest - Jim Henson Tribute

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6.11.11

I did an arrangement of some old animations into a new piece for The Amazing Rolling Picture Show in Sydney. Tim Harvey made the music. It was shown on a screen attached to the side of a rickshaw.

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15.10.11

It's a jungle in here opened a few days ago. Van and I are very excited to present this new work at Screen Space. Download a PDF of the catalogue here.

It's a jungle in here with Van Sowerwine


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14.9.11

Here's a little something I whipped up for Kimbra's new album, Vows. I made it with some paper on a light box. All shot in one take, on-the-fly!

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7.9.11

My band, The Icypoles, is launching our first single, Promise To Stay on Sunday. It's taken a long time to get to this point so it's a buzz to finally be celebrating! You can hear it on Bandcamp. Here is the poster for the show which I made with paper, scissors and glue.

The Icypoles Launch Poster

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1.9.11

I have a new installation in production with Van Sowerwine for the Melbourne Festival. It's called It's a jungle in here. Only just over a month to go! We're pretty excited but also a little manic trying to get it finished. It'll be showing at Screen Space from October 13-29. Stay tuned!

It's a jungle in here with Van Sowerwine

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17.8.11

I have been interviewed for a couple of blogs this month.

thecreativehaven.blogspot.com

theeditforum.net

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9.8.11

Van and I went to Hobart on the weekend for the opening weekend of Experimenta Utopia Now at MONA! We're very excited to have You Were In My Dream shown at such a great gallery. So if you were planning a trip to Tasmania in the next two months you should go check out our work in the art cave that is MONA.

You Were In My Dream at MONA

You Were In My Dream at MONA

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1.8.11

The animation i did for Yo Gabba Gabba is finally up online! Here it is for you to watch.

Also a few weeks ago I hung out with DJ Lance Rock and the gang when they came to Australia on tour. It was so much fun! What a show!

Isobel and Cat with Yo Gabba Gabba cast

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16.7.11

I've been commissioned by the State Of Design Festival to curate a One Night Only Festival Band - a band made up of 13 designers who have clarinets and trombones sitting in the backs of their closets. It's been tough trying to remember how to transcribe music and write it out for everyone but after our first rehearsal things were sounding pretty good. We have one more rehearsal then we're going to be unleashing the band. Come along to the festival opening at the Royal Exhibtiion Buildings on Wednesday from 6-8. There will also be performances by the Bodyelectric dancers and the Collingwood Skipping Club. Should be a fun night!

State of Design Festival

 

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21.6.11

I just came back from Sydney where I was speaking at the VADEA conferenece. It was great to see how many teachers are being very creative with animation and film making in their classrooms! I decided to put up the first animation I made in high-school in case it would be useful to students.

ABC Year 12 animation

 

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16.6.11

New Showreel!

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14.05.11

Launch Loop

This is how I spent my Tuesday night. (The production, not the content!) I made this for a loopy website called loopdeloop.org who post short animated loops by a bunch of different animators each month then have a LOOP OFF at LOOP BAR at the end of each month. Come along on May 31st! But if you can't make it, at least check out my animation and vote for me!

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12.05.11

You Were In My Dream with Van Sowerwine

Experimenta Utopia Now is opening at the Mornington Peninsular Regional Gallery tonight. For those of you who missed the show last year in Melbourne, this is another chance for you to go and see Van and my work, You Were In My Dream as an installation!

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12.04.11

It's April already! I've been busy in the studio working on a few different projects. One of them is an animation I did with characters made by Cat Rabbit for her upcoming exhibition at No-Vacancy Project Space. We built a factory made of felt and shoeboxes. The show opens next Wednesday, April 20th and runs until the 8th of May. The animation will also be on the Fed Square big screen from time to time during the exhibition! Look out for it!

Owl Know How animation for Cat Rabbit's exhibition

Cat Rabbit's exhibtion at No Vacancy Gallery

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19.01.11

Coming up in 2011 - I'm doing a new edit of I Fell Off My Bike for the ACMI video garden. Bikes will be crashing constantly inside the green pods from February 1st until the end of May.

I Fell Off My Bike

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10.12.10

I've been busy making hand-stitched finger puppets for a Christmas market. The market is at the Kuwaii shop, 37-39 Glenlyon Rd, Brunswick. We'll be open 11-5 tomorrow (Saturday, Dec 11th). Also selling beautiful things are Anna Varendorff, Tara Shackell and of course, Kuwaii. Come drink some sparkling summer drinks and do your Christmas shopping with us!

Go here to see a bit more about the puppets.

Felt Finger Puppets

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15.11.10

Tin and I are in Frankie magazine! An article about the Nicholas building and its many studios. Download the spread or see it on frankie.com.au/spaces.

Feature in Frankie's Spaces Book

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04.11.10

I have been animating psychedelic wallpaper for Natalya Hughes' exhibition There is something missing from your magic realism. The show opens tonight at Beam Contemporary, Guilford Lane, and runs until the 27th of November. Go check it out!

Animated wallpaper with Natalya Hughes

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22.10.10

Van and I spent a day in a shop front doing an animation for a project called Consumed A-Live curated by Olivia Pintos Lopez. The brief was to spend one day in a fishbowl type studio and make a work to be projected in the screening window by night. We photographed people with their faces squashed against the glass and put them into our animation of a vending machine. To see more about the Consumed A-Live project visit immaterialindustry.blogspot.com. To see our animation click HERE!

Face Squish Vending Machine Live Animation Project

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14.10.10

I'm two thirds of the way through making some animations for a feature-length documentary about Stephanie Gilmore. The film is being made by Ava Warbrick. Here are some shots from it.

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30.8.10

You Were In My Dream monkey dance

You Were In My Dream won the Queensland Premier's New Media Art Award! Van and I just spent the weekend in Brisbane at the Gallery of Modern Art installing the exhibition. It goes from now until early November. It is a real honour to be exhibiting with all the other amazing artists in the show.

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30.7.10

Maths Week pizza animation

I made a pizza for a National Literacy and Numeracy Week promotion which will be on TV over the next couple of months. Starring Simon Pampena!

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6.7.10

You Were In My Dream monkey dance

You Were In My Dream Has been short-listed for the 2010 Premier of Queensland's National New Media Art Award, Australia's most significant prize for new media art! It will be shown alongside work by the six other finalists at the Queensland Gallery of Modern Art, 28 August - 7 November 2010.

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6.6.10

You Were In My Dream is on tour with Experimenta Utopia Now! The exhibtion is currently at Redland Art Gallery in Cleveland, QLD. If you are in the area, check it out! June 6th - July 11th. More info at www.experimenta.org

You Were In My Dream is an Experimenta Commission.

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14.5.10

Lula magazine has added an animation they commissioned me to make. They'd printed an article on Harvey Reid, an autoharp composer and performer, and wanted an animation set to one of his songs. I chose a traditional song called Frankie & Johnny. See it here: www.lulamag.com

Lula Magazine blog animation

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20.4.10

New showreel!

See above.

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11.3.10

Planet of the Primes with Simon Pampena

I'm working with Simon Pampena, making animations for his new show at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. It's called Planet of the Primes. It's going to be a fun show! 3 times a week at 3.31pm from March 27 til April 18 at the Bosco Theatre, City Square. Check it out on the Comedy Festival website.

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20.2.10

You Were In My Dream frog

You Were In My Dream, a new interactive stop-motion installation with Van Sowerwine is showing at Experimenta Utopia Now, Black Box Melbourne, February 12 - March 14 2010.

You Were In My Dream is an Experimenta Commission.

See the web preview online now!

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26.10.09

I Fell Off My Bike

Don't miss the LAST SCREENING of my film I Fell Off My Bike at Federation square on the giant outdoor screen between 5:00 and 6.30 pm this Thursday 29th of October! It is an animation based on the true stories of bike accidents told to me in the wake of me breaking my two front teeth. 'Starring' Jamie Mildren, Karl Smith, Mark Monnone, my mum and me.

Read a review from Real Time Magazine