OXYOPIA; An extremely heightened acuteness of the eyesight resulting from increased sensibility of the retina
Benjamin OliverStudied art foundation at Jacob Kramer (Leeds) followed by a degree in Sculpture at the Brighton Faculty of Art. Once there, he discovered film-making and a combination of the two set him on his career path to date.
Back in Leeds in ‘91, Oliver began producing surreal films for some of the most debauched clubs in the North of England; Frottage Cottage, The Kit Kat Club, Vague, The Faversham, Manto’s and The Paradise Factory.
“For me, a nightclub was akin to an art gallery. Each week I had the opportunity to exhibit new works on enormous walls and to a massive audience. I was in heaven”.
Joining forces with Manchester based performance artist, The Divine David (David Hoyle), Oliver produced films that won them both national attention and a stream of TV production company commissions with Channel 4 and 5.
From 2000 – Present, Oliver has combined his love of film-making with his love of music, producing and directing videos for solo artists, bands and Major music festivals. See music video portfolio.
In 2012, Oliver created an 3D animated series featuring an anarchic and hedonistic teddy-bear called MICU: www.micu.tv
More recently, Oliver has challenged himself to re-animate a brand-new, 3D version of the 1972 animated classic; “Fantastic Planet”. Set over 12 episodes and funded by Kickstarter, you can keep up with its progress here… and help play a part in its creation here
A solid understanding of high-impact visuals and a combination of traditional and cutting edge technology helps Oliver produce some of the most spectacular and outlandish visuals of our time.
Benjamin Oliver is available for exhibitions and commissions. You can contact him here