Interview: Eduardo Darino

Interview: Eduardo DarinoImage courtesy of Eduardo Darino


Interview: Eduardo Darino

Luca Curci talks with the artist Eduardo Darino during RITUALS of ANIMA MUNDI festival 2017 in VENICE.

Eduardo Darino, Uruguayan, celebrates his 55 years making animated films, from the analogue to the digital era. In the 70-90s he drew and animated Superman, Snoopy, Garfield, Chacha for India, Gallito Luis for El Pais from Uruguay, and hundreds of animated logos for television stations in the world including Antenne 2, France; HBO, US. He works at Pratt Institute and New York University and experiments with digital animation. He recently received several awards for his NEW YORK VIRTUAL TOUR, GAVIOTAS, and DIGITAL BRUSH.

 

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Luca Curci – What is the message linked to the video you have shown in this exhibition? How is it connected to the theme of RITUALS – ANIMA MUNDI FESTIVAL?

Eduardo Darino – I would hope images explain themselves. Given the chance to answer the message, we have to make it clear that our appreciation of the world as a living being has dramatically changed. RITUALS, CONSCIOUSNESS and VISIONS, offered the opportunity to analyze life involvement, forces committed. It’s also a unique individual experience from the digital point of view: transformation, engagement and changes.

L. C. – What is your creative process like?
E. D. – Creation for me is an independent free action. It does not follow a priori concept. In my classes I remind that the question of how creativity works will remain one of the most difficult topics to answer. Although, we start listening to your hunches, kneading concepts until we find the idea – Eureka – that is leading us. Remember that as filmmakers we “make” something and animation allows me the freedom to bring to life any idea. To be more precise, I observe, look for ideas, analyse them, and evaluate solutions before production. Pre-production is a very important time where the idea takes shape in our mind. We follow with experimentation, to test out different options, evaluate the many available techniques, which can help me as an artist to obtain the best result, and select the final production. Then the real production begins. The time of the lonely artists is over. Now we must work considering the public and be sure that the proposed story, the visual concept, the experimental conception, is clear when it reaches the screen.

 

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L. C. – Are your videos focused on a specific theme?

E. D. – My work changes because is against pre-established focus. I tell my students – as a joke – that I must do non-intrusive brain surgery to open their mind and let their imagination free. If you want, that is my focus: total creative freedom.

L. C. – What role does the artist have in society? And the art?
E. D. – The Artist role is to create works of art, in whatever medium; in my field we explore animation, visual arts, special effects. Art must reflect reality, project an awareness of the conditions of our reality, and explore ways to change and improve those conditions.
Regarding our role in society, we must do our job with integrity. Since digital technology makes the work easier we have now more artists, but let’s be careful because technology by itself is empty. We must tell stories with a message, within social context, that allows the public to better understand and improve reality, with our contribution. Our work is completed by the public response and the resonance it produces. 

 

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L. C. – What are you currently working on? Is there any possibilities for a new participation in some Italian exhibitions?
E. D. – I am working on a retrospective of my 55 years in animation, and right now in the south of Italy – Napoli, Sicily – where some of my roots come from. So, Yes. I hope and expect, I am invited and I can participate in more Italian exhibitions in the future.

L. C. – Would you suggest cooperating with us? What do you think about It’s LIQUID Group and our services?
E. D. – I would definitely cooperate with It’s LIQUID Group – create promotional elements, animated id logos, etc. This is not my first participation – so the answer is Yes, I am interested in working with the group again.

L. C. – Do you think that this experience could be useful for artists and can contribute to increase personal background?
E. D. – Absolutely. The exhibition of contemporary digital art in a XVI century Palace offers new and surprising possibilities to be explored. I am very satisfied with the organization and the friendly communication. I understand our work gets excellent promotion, and the exposure to new audiences is extremely beneficial, allowing us to reach a wider public.

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