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Mike Winkleman

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Mike Winkleman[edit]

Mike Winklemann is a self-taught digital and video artist. On the internet his work is recognized under the name Beeple Crap. He was born in Appleton Wisconisn and currently lives with his wife and two children in Charleston South Carolina.[1].  He has been working on a project called “everydays” for the past eleven years where he creates one new piece every day.


Early Life[edit]

Mike Winklemann had very little art training. He has said to have only taken two art classes in high school as well as one video class in college while studying computer science[2].


Mike WInklemann currently works as a freelance artist creating motion graphics and concert visuals[3].


Winklemann has been working on video loops and films for the past 15 years, while working on his “Everydays” for the past 11 years.  He began creating free video loops that could be used by anyone[4]. He believes that by doing so, he is giving back to the world to help others like him expand their creative knowledge and help grow as artists. His films have been played at Onedotzero, Prix Ars Electronica, the Sydney Biennale, Ann Arbor Film Festival and more and he has created visuals used by Deadmau5, Skrillex, Zed, Taio Cruz, Amon Tobin, and Wolfgang Gartner[5]. He also makes his own music for his videos by creating sounds and then animating the instruments[6].

Selected work[edit]

Zero-Day -(2015) A short film about a cyber virus created by the United States to destroy other countries reosurces. The film comments on the ability of all of our possessions being lost to cyber warfare[7].

Transparent Machines - (2013) A film about the transparency of technology and how information can be easily accessed by others[8].

Instrumental Video.10 - (2012) A film about combining his original beats with his hurts of animation and color in an imagined cartoon world[9].

About The Work[edit]

The work of Mike Winkleman, digital drawings and videos, all contain a mixture of science fiction. He creates environments that look enormous in his images, utilizing the illusion of space in a digital world.  According to Aesthetics of Interaction in Digital Art, “When space is simulated by means of digital media, this simulation is not restricted to creating the visual illusion of space behind the picture plane or of interpreting an image as a window"[10]. He uses the technology given to him in the 21st century to create worlds an detailed graphics that were once impossible to create in the speed at which he does.  In Renderings of Digital Art by Christine Paul, it says “In the 21st century, the term new media is mostly used for digital art and its various forms”[11]

His art includes images of giant machines next to very small looking people, creating themes of a technology dominated future. Some images contain robots and an obvious power hierarchy of police or a controlling force combined with technology that dominates the masses. His sci-fi related art is relevant to his underlying ideas of surveillance and privacy in his images when dealing with the future of technology. His work can be presented as an institutionalized critique on the future of society at the rate we are using technology, while using his own technology to create the art. Themes of privacy, technology and surveillance are prominent in his work. He used robots, figures and machines to create futuristic worlds that show the possibilities of the misuse of technology. His works gives viewers a look into a world dominated by loneliness and post-apocalyptic living.


  1. "beeple - the work of mike winkelmann (cinema 4d project files, free vj loops etc.)". Retrieved 2018-04-05.
  2. "Spotlight On Beeple". Motionworks. Retrieved 2018-04-05.
  3. "Spotlight On Beeple". Motionworks. Retrieved 2018-04-05.
  4. "Artist Spotlight: The Crazy, Cool Work of Beeple". RocketStock. 2016-06-22. Retrieved 2018-04-05.
  5. "beeple - the work of mike winkelmann (cinema 4d project files, free vj loops etc.)". Retrieved 2018-04-05.
  6. "beeple - the work of mike winkelmann (cinema 4d project files, free vj loops etc.)". Retrieved 2018-04-05.
  7. "beeple - the work of mike winkelmann (cinema 4d project files, free vj loops etc.)". Retrieved 2018-04-06.
  8. "Beeple Interview: Transparent Machines". Greyscalegorilla. 2013-11-12. Retrieved 2018-04-06.
  9. Hart, Hugh. "Video: Beats Take Shape in Beeple's Candy-Colored Animation IV.10". WIRED. Retrieved 2018-04-06.
  10. Kwastek, Katie. [ "Aesthetics of Interaction in Digital Art"] Check |url= value (help). The MIT Press – via JSTOR.
  11. Paul, Christine. [ "Redesigns of Visual Art"] Check |url= value (help) (PDF) – via JSTOR.

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