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MAYUR, which means “peacock” in Sanskrit, is a 4K (3840 x 2160) resolution abstract, visual music animation inspired by Asian cosmologies, symbols and music. It features complex images that evolve from threads and roots to vines and veins, forming intricate lace-like 2 and 3 dimensional structures, tiles, and living textiles in the luminous colours of the peacock. The beautiful music is by sitar virtuoso Kartik Seshadri performing Raga Anandi Kalyan and courtesy of Traditional Crossroads, TCrossing Music BMI.

Important note: FilmFreeway preview compresses the animation at a very low quality. The film is much better than this! To view the proper quality of the animation for screening, please click on the still images on this page or download the original larger file to a local computer and play directly from the computer.

Please also see the Vimeo link here for better previewing: https://player.vimeo.com/video/689482490?autoplay=1&quality=4K

As this is motion painting, the details in many sections can only be seen in high resolution.

  • Vibeke Sorensen
  • Vibeke Sorensen
  • Kartik Seshadri
  • Nagaraju Thummanapalli
    Technical Assistance
  • School of Art, Design and Media; Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
    Produced at
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  • Genres:
    abstract, experimental, visual-music
  • Runtime:
    7 minutes 41 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    December 1, 2015
  • Country of Origin:
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital 4K (4096 x 2160)
  • Aspect Ratio:
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Tenerife International Film Festival in BERLIN 2017
    October 1, 2017
  • Buffalo Niagara International Film Festival 2017
    Buffalo, New York
    United States
    September 20, 2017
  • Mexico International Film Festival 2017
    May 16, 2017
    Mexico Premiere
    2017 Golden Palm Award, Animated Short
  • The International Filmmaker Festival of World Cinema NICE 2017
    May 16, 2017
    Nomination, Best Animation or Animated Sequence
  • SorsiCorti Short Film Festival 2017
    May 13, 2017
    Nomination, Best Animation Short
  • Honolulu Film Awards
    Honolulu, Hawaii
    United States
    May 7, 2017
    2017 Aloha Accolade Award - Animation Film Competition
  • Five Continents International Film Festival May-2017
    Puerto la Cruz, Anzoategui
    Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of
  • World Arts Film Festival 2017
    Jacksonville, Florida
    United States
    May 3, 2017
  • Barcelona Planet Film Festival
    May 1, 2017
  • WorldFest-Houston International Film & Video Festival
    Houston, Texas
    United States
    April 21, 2017
    Remi Silver Award - Music Video - World Music/Techno
  • Indian World Film Festival 2017
    March 19, 2017
    Certificate of Excellence, Honorable Jury Mention
  • The International Filmmaker Festival of World Cinema London 2017
    United Kingdom
    February 12, 2017
    Nomination, Best Animation or Animated Sequence
  • 5th Delhi International Film Festival
    New Delhi
    December 7, 2016
  • 5th Delhi Shorts International Film Festival 2016
    November 6, 2016
    Indian Premiere
  • Buffalo Dreams Fantastic Film Festival 2016
    Buffalo, New York
    United States
    November 4, 2016
  • Punto y Raya Festival - Abstract Art in Motion 2016
    October 21, 2016
  • ArteNonStop Festival / BA2016 -Festival Internacional de Cine y Arte
    Buenos Aires
    September 30, 2016
    South American Premiere
  • MAC Underground Film Festival 2016
    September 25, 2016
    Brazilian Premiere
  • Miami Independent Film Festival 2016, Mindie
    Miami, Florida
    United States
    September 1, 2016
  • Experiments in Art and Digital Technologies (EADT) CTW 2016
    New York City
    United States
    April 29, 2016
  • Seeing Sound 2016
    United Kingdom
    April 9, 2016
  • Cinegrid 2015
    San Diego, California
    United States
    December 9, 2015
    World, USA
Director Biography - Vibeke Sorensen

Vibeke Sorensen is an artist, composer, and professor working in digital multimedia, animation, interactive architectural installation, physical computing, computer and visual music. Her work in experimental new media has been published and exhibited worldwide, including in books, galleries, museums, conferences, performances, film festivals, broadcast media, and the internet. She has a long history of interdisciplinary and multicultural collaborations, including the development of new media technologies.

From 2009 – 2021 she was Professor at Nanyang Technological University (NTU) Singapore, serving as Chair (head of school) of the School of Art, Design and Media (ADM) from 2009 – 2019. From 2016 – 2019 she was also Adjunct Professor of Design, Games and Interaction at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) in Australia. In 2007, she was Chair of the ACM SIGGRAPH Art Gallery, Global Eyes. Sorensen was Professor and Founding Chair of the Division of Animation and Digital Arts (DADA), in the School of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California (USC) from 1994-2004, and Founding Director of the Computer Animation Lab at California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) from 1984-1994. She has been a consultant for Disney and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory/NASA where she worked on space missions including Voyager, Mars Rover, Mars Observer, and VEEGA.

Her research in new technologies has been supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF), the USC Annenberg Center for Communication, Intel Corporation and NTU Singapore. She is also a 2001 Rockefeller Foundation Fellow in Film/Video/Multimedia. Her current research engages chronobiology and colour music, bio and eco-art/design, and as a Visiting Scholar at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (CASBS) at Stanford University it includes explorations of musical and calendrical polyrhythms from Bali to Kauai, and on the emergence of Jungian archetypes from dream networks. Artist’s Webpage: http://vibeke.info

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Director Statement

This is painting in motion. It is best viewed at full resolution (4K) on a large screen. Please contact the Director/Animator Vibeke Sorensen at vsorensen[at]gmail.com for a full 4K (3840x2160) file for high resolution exhibition screening.