After studying fine art at Birmingham College of Art, Ian began his career as an animator. His award winning experimental film French Windows (1972), brought him to the attention of Pink Floyd who commissioned him to direct their first animated concert film The Dark Side of the Moon (1974), which includes the legendary Time sequence. Ian also acted as advisor on The Wall, while creating other works such as Tubular Bells for Mike Oldfield (1975) and the iconic Oriental Nightfish for Paul and Linda McCartney (Palm D’Or nomination Cannes1978). During this period Ian made numerous other experimental films such as The Beard (Berlin 1980), and The Box of Delights (BBC 1984). His London studio gained a reputation for ground breaking visuals and he was cited as the foremost British animator of the eighties, winning accolades around the world. In 1982 his achievements were celebrated in a retrospective at the National Film Theatre. Music videos include the ‘mMusic videos include the ‘masterpiece’ The Chauffeur (Duran Duran 1982), and The Wall – Live in Berlin (Roger Waters, starring Rupert Everett and Marianne Faithful, 1990). He has directed numerous award-winning commercials for Ridley Scott Associates.
On The Run
A sound piece exploring multi-layerd varying rhythms.
The installation: three eliptical screens displayed in an ancient brick cellar. The first screen displays geometric objects tumbling in space (INFINITE SPACE); the second screen, a blinking eye (BIG BROTHER) and the third, a violently falling figure (MAN LOSING CONTROL).
A Secret Life (Part 2)
With music by John Foxx, Steve Jansen and Steve D’Agostino (A Secret Life Part 2) is a video diary of Bucharest, treated with After Effects. Emes writes: “It points to my developing interest in random images and non-narrative storytelling, and the emotions that can come from that. Always something personal comes through, no matter how little is done. During the filming, while leaving the camera running on a table, an impaired gypsy woman stepped up and stared into it.”
Screened at: Kenetica Arts Fair, London, UK (2011)
A holographic film ECHOES made in collaboration with MUSION ACADEMY and dance artists FLOCKDANCE.
EVIDENCE OF TIME TRAVEL
Music by John Foxx and Steve D’Agostino | Visuals and Graphic Novel by Karborn
EOTT is a unique investigation of the terrors and pleasures of temporal displacement: a sinister sonic architecture of drum-machine music, analogue synthesizers and a graphic novel telling the story of a ghostly ripped-up multi-temporal universe infiltrating the labyrinth of dark electronica.
Screened with live performances at:
British Film Institute, Southbank, UK (2014) | Sonic Acts Festival, Amsterdam (2015)
Electri_City Conference, Dusseldorf (2016) featuring Katia Isakoff (Theremin)
The full concert can be viewed at ARTE TV
This is a two minute segment of Parallel Lives: a cut-up collaboration between John Foxx, underground film-maker and musician Steve D’Agostino and movie director Alex Proyas, whose credits include IRobot, Dark City and The Crow. The short is a cut-up of Proyas’s 1980 film Groping, set to a reworked version of the Foxx 1980 B-side ‘Film One’.
Screened at: Roundhouse, London, UK (2010) and featured in the Analgue Circuit DVD.
Concerned with technological process and its shadows – our tendency to neglect the seeming by-products and singularities occurring unnoticed at the edges of process, which inevitably leak back in – because they often represent unrecognised or misread main events.
Steve D’Agostino’s short film Violet Bloom was first screened at the Horse Hospital, London, UK for the John Foxx D.N.A. art and film exhibition. Described by Record Collector as “all ethereal timbre and the slow motion falling of musical blossoms from a Japanese garden.” Violet Bloom features music composed and performed by Steve D’Agostino and John Foxx.
Screened at: The Horse Hospital, London, UK (2010)