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Multidisciplinary maverick Leonardoworx has wrapped up yet another year of technological experimentations in a high energy showreel. Shifting through highlights of the year such as collaborating with energy supplying giant ENI and giving birth to the floating underwater phytoplanktons in his personal project “Submerse”, Leonardoworx has been busy honing in on his skill set, and for his showreel he has composed a score to represent the fast paced year of his that was 2013.
We caught up with Leonardoworx for a chat and a look back on the year that has passed:
2013 was a busy year for you Leo! Tell us, which project did you must enjoy working on?
LWX: As I love skateboarding, I wanted to create a project that focused on skateboard visuals and materials. I used a 3D skull as a centre point and I added other components such trucks, bolts and a deck wood effect and I appropriately titled the piece “Ride or Die”…Surprisingly it was actually a really quick project, I really enjoyed working on it!
We know how much you love your technology, is there any weird and wonderful new software you discovered?!
LWX: There’s no specific software, but I am currently focusing on fractals and chaos functions to use them in my live 3D projects. This technique also works really well for interactive visuals and music as it has a magical ability to humanize cold topics such as math and numbers…I’m really exited about utilizing this quality in future projects!
What would you say is your proudest moment of last year?
LWX: Definitely the animation I did for Eni! It was a really complex project for a really big client. I’m happy I had the opportunity to work on a piece that allowed me to create both the animation and the music and it was interesting to mix my language with pop culture: not just the images that were quite abstract for such a commercial work but also the music — in fact for this project I’ve made an electronic remix of Fleetwood Mac’s “Don’t Stop”! Since the video was released it has received a lot of positive feedback from all around the world!
Is there anything you would like to discover more of in 2014?
LWX: Right now I’m concentrating on interactive art performances and installations, and the integration of my 3D work on real shooting (movies and stills). Then I want to focus more on the human bodies, landscapes and objects.
Last year you conquered the art of 3D metallic liquids! What would you like to master this year?
LWX: Who knows? As I finish one project, my mind automatically starts wandering, always on the look out for what’s next. Ideas come in form of visions, either as stills or moving images — when that happens I’ll start finding a way to bring them to life.
Out of all the curve balls you were thrown in 2013, what would you say you found most challenging?
LWX: Because I work such long hours, I kind of overdid my Redbull intake… It helped me keep my eyes open but I drank way too much of that stuff!!! Luckily I found the way to stop guzzling it!
Who is your dream client to collaborate with?
LWX: Anyone and everyone that has nice vibes and is looking to create something astonishing to inspire people!
And last but not least: in many of your status updates you mention this word “nassa”, please can you share with us what this means?!
LWX: Okay, I hope you are sitting comfortably because is kind of a contorted concept to grasp… “Nassa” literally translates as “Lobster Pot” and once the lobster gets in the trap it seems that there is no way out. So in Florence it has become a slang word to mean that there’s a problem to solve — isn’t what life is all about?
Thanks Leo! That’s that problem solved!