Urban Abstract

Posted on by Lauren M

If you haven't seen this award-winning short by design studio Musuta Ltd., it's definitely four minutes well-spent...

Combining hand-drawn and digital art, as well as sound and visual effects, the film conveys a distinctly unique perspective.  A truly inspired visualization, Urban Abstract offers a multi-dimensional interpretation of the urban landscape.

For more on this project, visit the dedicated website.

Urban Abstract was created by Jopsu Ramu and Timo Huhtala - creative team and founders of Musata Ltd.

About the Concept(from the creators):

'Urban Abstract is a journey across urban space that unfolds in forty, 5 second parts.  The journey, in one, two and three dimensions, is a bit like abstract surfing in which the original destination is only reached after a number of seemingly random yet linked detours occur.  Points, lines, planes and other abstract elements create a journey through an Urban Abstract.

The space between things is as important as intended space, perhaps creating a fourth dimension.  Meaningful shapes and purposes occur in this dimension's reality as well.  The concept of negative space has meaning here.

Nature plays a part as well.  To be able to understand and differentiate what is urban one has understand what is nature.

The style of the shorts is fluid and, though seemingly random, stream into a cohesive whole. Perhaps watching them in a different order would be more like seeing the same journey from another point of view. The sound world is also very important -- movement in space is sensed even if watching the shorts with eyes closed. Sounds overlap, fade, come and go.

Architectural, someway minimalist and abstract with a touch of humanity.'

Musuta Ltd. is a Finnish creative studio operating in and between Helsinki & Tokyo.  Musuta is a multidisciplinary design studio that makes art, space, design, graphics, concepts & branding.