MITLA | Underworld

This short film will screen with other short films in Block 2 | Excursions in Arte
Friday, December 9th at 2pm
Palm Springs Art Museum. Palm Springs, California.
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A 3-minute 20 second art film inspired by a visit I made to Teotihuacan and the tunnel beneath the Temple of the Feathered Serpent. This short film expresses the feelings I had while walking through the 2000 year old space, visited only by a few. I was inspired to consider the discoveries possible and ideas that might be explored in this as of yet unexplored archeological site.

Though the tunnel beneath the Temple of the Feathered Serpent has been fully explored and documented there is a new discovery of caves in Mitla near Oaxaca, Mexico. Hence the name MITLA | Underworld.

The short film is created utilizing Generative AI Toolsets, and composited with real-time toolsets.

Director Biography – Mark Chavez

Mark Chavez (the USA, b.1958), is an artist and animator currently based in Singapore and Los Angeles. He has an MFA from the University of California, Los Angeles. His works have been exhibited at the Chinese Millennium Museum (Beijing, China), Ars Electronica (Linz, Austria), Los Angeles Center For Digital Art (LACDA), the BANK Gallery, Omotesando district in Tokyo, Japan, and the International Fine Arts Film Festival, (Santa Barbara, CA), Raw Science Film Festival (Los Angeles, CA), and other international film festivals and galleries such as the International Beyond Film Festival Special Edition for Climate Change at ZKM, Germany, Art Basel Miami 2021.

Director Statement

This short film is the first in a series of short that I plan to make with Generative AI and Dreivative Touchdesigner. These new techniques provide a feeling of liberation in the ease of visualization and realization. It becomes almost as though through imagination alone a new creative palatte is available where through careful curation new visions can be realized.

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