Zohar Dvir is an award-winning multidisciplinary artist creating animated and interactive work inspired by some of the bigger questions of philosophy and psychology.
A fascination with philosophy and psychoanalysis fuels Dvir, prompting her to explore the deeper questions around what makes us human, and what that means for the stories we tell. It’s mixed together with a sense of off-kilter humour, which adds a unique kind of playfulness to her work.
Dvir’s work spans music videos, games, interactive installations and animated short films – including her RCA graduation film, the tragi-comic Mercury’s Retrograde, which Dvir describes as “an inner dialogue about seeking answers”.
We are future shock
RF: Hey Zohar! Thanks for sharing your work with us! For those that don’t know, it would be great if you could let people know a bit about who you are and what drew you to animation.
Zohar: Hey! I’m a London Based animation director, recently graduated from the Royal College of Art. I’m passionate about storytelling and interested in finding innovative and immersive ways of presenting narratives. My other passion – music, is what drew me into animation. I dived into animation by working with musicians, making music videos and live visuals for concerts, and later started directing films and telling my own stories. I’m usually inspired by philosophy and psychology and often mix them with surrealism, psychedelia and humour.
RF: You work with 3d in a very beautiful way. It looks like you enjoy things looking more organic than the conventional commercial 3d aesthetic that’s popular in today’s animation. Are there any particular artists who have inspired this style and any short films you draw inspiration from.
Zohar: In my opinion there’s something a bit cold about the traditional 3D look. I was looking for ways to overcome this “issue” and developed my own process of adding 2D animation on top of 3D characters. I’m inspired by both 2D and 3D animators; I’m in love with Miyazaki’s character design, Wong Ping’s aesthetic is wild and has a beautiful colour palette, Nikita Diakur is great in hacking 3D softwares and David O’reilly has so much humour in everything he does. My favourite short film is Nicolas Menard’s “Wednesday with Goddard”. Lastly, Lynch and Kubrick are big influences theme-wise. I just realised there are no women on this list so shout out to Suzan Pitt’s “Asparagus”.
RF: So it would be great if you could talk us through some of your recent projects, you’ve released so much in the last couple of years that it’s hard to keep track of and congratulations on your successes at festival and staff picks!
My RCA grad film (Mercury’s Retrograde) is based on Carl Jung’s theory of the archetypes of the collective Unconscious. It’s about a millennial who’s seeking answers. Her magic 8-ball (a fortune telling toy) replaced her intuition and she is incapable of making decisions without it. When she loses her 8-ball inside her unconsciousness, she embarks on a journey to find answers – in the form of her ball and within herself. Mercury’s Retrograde is a satire about a never ending quest towards self realisation, self improvement, and life’s answers.
Intergalactic Love Story: Part 1
The 50th anniversary of the historic moon landing inspired me to make a space film. I knew I wanted to write a love story, and as I imagined the tragic life of a lonely astronaut in space, I realised there is only one thing to do in a situation like that – Get drunk. The story wrote itself from that point. I wanted to give the film a loose feel so I made the 3D elements “boil”. I emphasised the fantastic parts of the story by inserting 2D animation -As the astronaut dives into her own fantasy the 2D elements become more present.
RF: So what’s next for you, are you seeking to work commercially in the animation industry or are you pursuing more independent shorts (or more)
Zohar: I’m currently finishing a music video. I’m open for commercial work but my heart lies with music and films 🙂 When things will go back to normal I might look to create something in a gallery space.
RF: Amazing! Thanks for taking the time to share your work with us, you can see more of Zohar’s portfolio by clicking here.