Scissors is a band of directors, designers, writers and outsiders doing their thing somewhere at the crossroads between design, film and art. We collaborate across all disciplines to create work that is conceptually intriguing and visually stunning.
THE WORRYBALL Interactive Artwork
The worryball is an interactive artwork using more than 6000 Guatemalan worrydolls, woven in the a large sphere. Inside the ball there is an omni speaker, broadcasting recordings of different people's worries. The audio feed is connected to a range of motion censors that triggers different worries from movement in the room. There will be an online component that lets people record their worries straight from a website into the ball itself.
Reflections is an interactive portrait series that lets viewers interact with the photographs in different ways. The webcam is used to to create a "reflection" image in the eyes of the portraits, similar to how you sometimes see the traces of the photographer in the eyes of the photographed. Additionally, viewers can "tip" the portraits over by covering their finger over the webcam (and the forehead) and thereby inducing sleep or death to the portraits.
The Human Touch Project is an online artwork celebrating the diversity by connecting a series of unique moments through a simple touch. The more people that participate in the project and share their unique moments, the better the experience.
The artwork was originally shown at the Science Gallery in Dublin as part of the Future of Water/Surface Tension exhibition. It is showing a beating, melting heart made of ice, alluding to 'the fragile existence and vitality of ice in a world where the polar ice caps are slowly diminishing through a cyclical process'.
ANALOGUE ROBOTS Art / Installation / Video / Design: Sai Design
Scissors were asked by New Media Curation to provide a video artwork to feature in the exhibtion "Attract, relate & sustain", held at the Verge Gallery in Sydney. Various robot entities, designed and assembled by Sai Design, made out of rejected garbage parts are being animated with a rough stop motion technique, and then displayed on old television sets next to the respective mechanical sculptures.
THE SYDNEY INTERNATIONAL ANIMATION FESTIVAL 2011 Design, Identity, Print, Video
Here is a a sneak peak of the identity and poster design for the Sydney International Animation Festival 2011, and event that promises much flurry and vivid colours.
SHIV-R - PARASITE (REPOSSESSION) Direction / Design / Video / Production: Scissors
Scissors produced this video clip for Shivr's smash hit Parasite. We filmed live bugs and small insects under a microscope with a special camera, then distorted the footage slightly to produce an interesting visual experience on a micro-level.
THE SCISSORS IDENTITY Design / Identity / Print / Video
Scissors has a new identity, crowned by a brand new logo. A simple typographic treatment indicates the presence of a pair of scissors without actually showing them. The logo is then stamped with ink to various collateral that highlights a tangible and crafty aspect of the Scissors collective.
SLEEP NOW - MUSIC VIDEO Direction / Design / Video / Production
Scissors were asked to direct and produce a video clip for the internationally awesome band Angelspit. It is the Master & Margarita meets industrial punk, with a lot of distortion reflective of Angelspit's frantic music. Shot over 2 days, the production of Sleep now involved building an enormous paper city backdrop inspired by 1930's style Russian Constructivism combined with animation and some amazing make-up and costumes.
NEW ART BLOG Art / Copy / Design / Illustration
Scissors is delighted to cooperate with Lunettes Rouges, France’s most widely-read art blog, part of Le Monde, written by Marc Lenot. Scissors is designing, adding to and maintaining the English version of the blog as well as providing weekly translations, conducted by Miss XS. The English version can be found here and the French version here.
THE SYDNEY INTERNATIONAL ANIMATION FESTIVAL 2010 Design, Identity, Print, Video
As per previous year, Scissors was again commissioned to create the complete identity, branding and design for the Sydney International Animation Festival 2010. The main theme for the festival was Carnival and Origami, referencing Muybridge’s famous photographic series of a horse running in a playful and simple way.
THE MAGIC WALLPAPER PROJECT Art, Design, Digital, Video
The Magic Wallpaper project explores the notion of wallpaper through an interactive medium. It has been exhibited at the Grid Gallery, Australia's first outdoor public digital gallery, and also as part of the fringe festival at Plump gallery, where it picked up an award for best visual artwork. This projects aims to explore the relationship between the very tiny, and the infinite scalability associated with science, nature and wallpaper.
THE SYDNEY INTERNATIONAL ANIMATION FESTIVAL 2009 Design, Identity, Print, Video
The complete identity for the inaugural Sydney International Animation Festival 2009. The work for the festival includes a logo, graphics, trailer, poster, print collateral; basically the lots. The concept for the festival was to use an Emu's egg giving birth to a gang of feisty animated characters.
PORTRAITS FROM THE EDGE - JON LEWIS PHOTOBOOK OF THE YEAR 2011 Design / Concept / Print
Scissors designed the photobook - Portraits from the edge - by Jon Lewis. This photographic series depicts residents of Kiribati, a small island nation in the Pacific, where Johnny spent 8 months as part of the community in 2008. Sadly, as water levels around the world rise, Kiribati will eventually perish and its inhabitants will have to relocate to other nations. The book displays a very personal side of the islanders, providing precious insights into their everyday lives. Scissors also completed the exhibition design for the series, as it was shown at various locations around Australia. The photobook became the portrait photobook of the year at the 2011 HeadOn festival, Australia's biggest phototography festival.