"The Bloom Machine" is an analogue instrument used to create live animations. Developed and built by Anna Givani, this instrument is formed by two transparent, rotating surfaces and a fixed one. A lamp at the bottom allows changing the background colour. The images flowing on different levels are filmed with a video camera and projected to the public.
This simple set stimulates fantasy and let it bloom (as suggested by the name itself, The Bloom Machine) to tell stories in a new way through live images.
The creator has taken inspiration from Lotte Reineger’s work and the Wayang Kulit, the Javanese shadow puppet theatre. The Bloom Machine is an experimental project, constantly evolving.
Photo by Gino Menis
Animation created for the design studio "Thea Kuta" by Elisa Bortolussi. October 2019.
Laboratory for the realization of an animated short film with The Bloom Machine by and with Anna Givani freely inspired by the story "IL COLOMBRE" by Dino Buzzati, made by class 1A and 2D of the secondary school Rufino Turranio of Concordia Sagittaria (VE) - Coordinator of the teacher Chiara Bonan. May 2019.
The artistic action consisting of narrative voices, animated projections and live music wants to be a regenerated expression of the texts taken from the autobiographical book of Giulia Zatti "Qualcosa non và" ("Something does not go") edition La Gru. The writer's experience becomes an integral part of a broader representative journey, which has its roots in the collective unconscious: from the manifestations of primordial art, coinciding with the discovery of pain by man, to the perception of the precariousness of existence and of the mystery linked to it, a border but also a field of exploration of human awareness.
Angelica Pellarini is a storyteller and art therapist with the Debailleul-Giacconi method (Little Italian School for Storytellers "La Voce delle fiabe"). Through the narration of fairy tales and simple stories, he guided the group in the expression of emotions and in the discovery of their own and others' resources. In the second phase of the project with "The Bloom Machine", everyone's personal journey was enhanced through colors, shapes and images animated on the instrument and shared in a group.
"Animate with The Bloom Machine" workshop for the creation of a show inspired by the story "Il Colombre" by Dino Buzzati, held at the Circolo Arci Mis (s) kappa in Udine, March 2016.
Workshop with "The Bloom Machine", together with the students of the Einstein high school of Cervignano, for the creation of the scenography for the conference "Differences or Indifferences", Teatro Pasolini of Cervignano, 30 May 2015.
Live animation by The Bloom Machine and music by the group The Mechanical Tales work together to tell three short stories. The rotating surfaces of The Bloom Machine bring to life figures in outline, small, bright, coloured objects and cotton clouds.
In the summer of 2013, the first collective animated short film featuring The Bloom Machine was shot in the area around the caves of Pradis. Anna Givani developed this idea and the animation director Michele Bernardi coordinated the project. A diverse group of people of all ages tried out new animation techniques using The Bloom Machine. The two-day meeting resulted in the short film Prima della storia (Before history). The cultural association TINAOS and the University of Ferrara took part in the workshop.
Here are some images showing what goes on backstage: the show organization, the work on the sketches and the elements for animating with the Bloom Machine. Where everything blooms...