In 1921, Hermann Rorschach discovers the power of the inkblot as a therapeutic tool. Thereafter, the inkblot becomes a catalyst of expression, a door to our subconscious. Long before him, as early as 1500, Leonardo Da Vinci noted that random splatters of coulour had the power to open up the mind. Later in the 20th century, surrealists like Dali created inkblots to communicate with the subconscious and the hidden world of dreams.
In the 1970s, Pop Art and psychedelia give a new lease of life to coloured blobs through cinema and video. And finally, at the beginning of the 21st century, Serge Goldwicht invents ‘blotch painting’, a narrative blot made entirely by hand, without the use of any digital effects or algorithms. The blotch becomes more than just an image, and transforms into a narrative – a story that can be interpreted in infinite ways.
Serge Goldwicht is an artist and a director. He has a Master’s degree in Philosophy from the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB). In 2014, he creates a device which allows him to film abstract paint blotches moving at the pace of human desire, without any special effects.
In 2015, he meets Pierre Lebecque, a sound designer and composer, who fuses the images with a musical score specifically created for their unique movements. Pierre has a degree in Social Science and family therapy from the Université Catholique de Louvain (UCL) and a Master’s degree in sociology with musicology.
In 2016, Mindblotch videos were selected at several film festivals:
- ‘Fine Arts Film Festival’ of Venice, California, USA
- ‘Berlin Short Festival’, Berlin, Germany
- ‘Brain Wash Drive,’ Okland, Canada
- ‘Blotch murder’ and ‘Hitch and Blotch’ received an award at the 2016 ‘Accolade Global Film Competition’ in Los Angeles, USA.
- Images: Serge Goldwicht
- Sound design: Pierre Lebecque
- Image editing: Josja van Zadelhoff
- Colour grading: Michaël Cinquin
- Blotch painting assistant: Peggy Boursin
- Graphic design: Hélène Taquet
Thanks to all the composers and performers who performed on the sound track – Jean-Marc Lederman, Manu Hermia, Ramin Djawadi and Robert Vancraen
Thanks also to the digital laboratory, Charbon (Belgium)