Snail's Prance

Snail and Spiral, still in space.
Subconsciously squeeze out every ounce of chaotic energy.

  • Stream Gao
    Director
  • Stream Gao
    Producer
  • Snails
    Key Cast
  • Soo Han
    Composer
  • Project Type:
    Animation, Experimental, Short, Web / New Media
  • Genres:
    Experimental, short, mobile, animation
  • Runtime:
    10 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    April 20, 2018
  • Production Budget:
    200 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    iPhone 7 Plus
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Five Town College Performing Arts Center
    New York
    United States
    December 7, 2017
    Projection with live concert
Director Biography - Stream Gao

Stream Gao is a creative technologist and multimedia artist who is active amongst California, New York and China. She received her master from Interactive Telecommunications Program(ITP) of NYU Tisch and currently is working at Verizon Media Group.
Stream's works mostly focus on the representation of body motion in digital media. She has been creatively researching new forms of storytelling through projects that experiment with a broad range of technologies and media. Her experiments cover data visualization, web crawling, data mining, machine learning, virtual assistant, live communication, computational media, extended reality, dance and theater.
Stream’s projects were shown in Google Experiments in Storytelling Showcase, NYC Media Lab Summit, Time Square big screens, NYU, Five Town College, SF Counter Pulse etc.

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Director Statement

I moved to bay area in Nov 2016 from New York. Thus began the tough journey of surviving from the countryside for me, a self-identified urban being.

While realizing that south bay is such a sad area, especially sunnyvale where I was living, I developed some weird habits by accident. One is for snails. It is a kind of gastropod mollusks, or thing, that is not easy to be discovered in the cities. I grew up in China, where the snails are as tiny as fingertips. So when I first time saw a snail on the sideway in Sunnyvale, I was amazed.

By somehow I developed this weird habit of recording snails moving. All kinds, in the morning, at night, in the grass, on the street, on the hills, moving upwards, leftwards, rightwards, one crawling, two together with one carrying another on the shell, three in a row, and I even got some footage of snails mating ……

My old friend Soo Han, a great composer, contacted me about a project collaboration. She made some sample music as an inspiration and arbitrary interpretation of Dali’s famous painting: The Persistence of Memory. And I felt that those snails footages could be a perfect match for it.

Adding my personal experience into the work, I basically put whatever I can associate with into this video. Snail, rotation, linear, circle, running, time, space, reality, unconsciousness, illusion, loneliness, surreal, after life, desire … All here maybe.