Roman De Giuli


Roman De Giuli is a German photographer, filmmaker and lecturer for media production at the Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg. He is specialized in organic visual arts, that is creating practical effects with everyday ingredients without the use of computer generated imagery. His compositions mainly consist of fluids, powders and colors which are applied on glass planes and petri dishes, arranged in stacks to create vivid, three dimensional scenes. High resolution stills and videos are exclusively captured with macro lenses to cover tiny areas in enormous reproduction scales.

Roman does extensive studies of organic patterns, their behavior and movement. With the help of music and sound design, he transforms the abstract narrative potential of organic visuals to experimental montages with a cinematic character.

Besides video stock footage and prints he offers liquid light macro shows for public events, where organic patterns are emerging in real-time on a tiny surface, filmed and projected in 4K.

However, his most popular works are macro cinematographic short films like STREAM, SINGULARITY and RADIOLARIANS which got international publicity, not least because of his visual compositions which are completely new to the human eye.

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STREAM is one of the first evidences to show the beauty and colorfulness of fluids and particles in tiny areas, only have an inch wide and not visible to the naked eye. It’s all about the dramaturgy of emergence and fading, offering the viewer plenty of allegories and associations to let the mind float and travel.

The idea of STREAM was to stage the genesis of a tiny universe which only exists for a very short time on a glass plate and then dissolves into a messy stream of oil, ink and water. The universe itself needed to appear as a well-defined, glowing and shining phenomenon which reminds the viewer of a look through a telescope. The atmosphere full of stars, planets, clouds and fog emerges from huge colorful streams, forming balls and bubbles. Their surfaces reflect the background pattern, giving the objects a quite three-dimensional look and feel. The space expands more and more into the depth, until upcoming star bursts make the whole system collapse. The illusion decomposes to a dark splash of substances and disappears as fast as it came up.


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“A Drop Can Make A Universe.”

RADIOLARIANS is an experimental macro short which is exclusively made with ink, alcohol and rapeseed oil. It shows extraordinary organic forms and figures which are almost invisible to the eye. They remind one of Ernst Haeckels Radiolarians which are part of his fascination monograph “Artforms in Nature” from 1904.

The behavior and movements of these animate beings are captured with a high resolution camera and a macro lens. By inverting the picture in post, the rich colors and textures of the elements are brought to life. What you see are drops of ink, decomposing into thousands of microscopic dots which behave like an organized entity in perfect order. A tiny mesh going into rest position, sinking in a sheen of oil before finally disappearing.


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