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This Greasy CGI Man-Tornado Pretty Much Sums Up Social Anxiety

Albert Omoss' new short, 'Undercurrents,' is a slimy dive into our distorted ways of seeing ourselves and others.
Images courtesy the artist

Computational artist Albert Omoss once simulated vaginal birth contractions with a sea of animated emoji. His latest work is in the same vein of spine-tingling weirdness, twisting hyperreal scans of nearly naked human bodies like gelatinous worms.

The new video is called Undercurrents, which Omoss tells The Creators Project, "is an attempt at expressing the somewhat abstract and nebulous feeling of being immersed in a societal fabric woven from subliminal undertones." Watching strands of human limbs, bodies, and heads twisted into DNA double helixes or jellyfish caught in a whirlpool definitely brings back some emotional baggage from middle school.


Omoss continues listing off the issues locked within within Undercurrents' fractal-like imagery: "The feeling of social pressure pulling one into these predefined and non-unique streams of consciousness. Understandings of complex sociological issues being boiled down into consumable binary choices. The alienation felt by a pursuit of original thought, or even derivation of ones own thoughts. The struggle to escape the currents of intellectual simplification and social pressure."

The artist has used similar scanned bodies in his work before. He's used them to tackle peer pressure, and honed the aesthetic in 2014 with a series called Forms. With Undercurrents, Omoss is reaching peak weird/gross/fascinating. Watch the short and check out some shots from the film below.

See more of Albert Omoss' work on his website.


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