Animation Avantgarde 2

, Stadtkino im Künstlerhaus 77 min

The films in the second programme take on a surreal and eccentric, even performative air: singing performances exaggerated to a climax (Holy F#&%), quoted apocalyptic moods from the web 2.0 world by video artist Björn Melhus (Sudden Destruction), spaces enhanced by light installations that play tricks on one’s perception (darkroom), or even a performance of digital figures, faintly evocative of Viennese Actionism (Baby, I Love You). These films share the spotlight with conceptual works, such as Binary Pitch or Picture Particles. The styles and materials used couldn’t be more different: found footage, transformed real images, drawn animation, painted animation and digital images collide with one other. Finally, armed with all these impressions, we will all run around the lake with the random characters from Autour du Lac.

Holy F#&%

Holy F#&%

Canada2013 07 min English

Holy F#&% is a masterfully arranged musical composition. The tender and expressive vocal improvisations of several protagonists are intersected by a young couple’s act of love, which provides the dramatic arc of suspense. Strewn over various places on earth – private rooms, a suburb, a metropolis, the sea, etc. – we encounter people who could hardly be more different from one another, but achieve togetherness, because each one experimentally expands the used language in his or her own way. Their refreshingly unaffected manner makes them extremely likeable.

Director
Marie Elisa Scheidt
Screenplay
Marie Elisa Scheidt
Camera
Marie Elisa Scheidt
Cast
Amanda O'Donovan, Charles Bess, Christine Duncan, James M.T, Ori Dagan, Simon Esler, Steven Ross Smith, Yoko Maliszewski, Zak Davis
Sound
Andreas Boschmann

Maze King

Japan2013 07 min 01 sec Japanese

In Hakhyun Kim’s film an unusual constellation of figures comes together on a carousel: a clown, a little girl, a dog, a soldier and a transvestite. They say they can’t stay any longer, they must leave tomorrow. Absurd scenes, partly humorous, partly irritating, move within a drawn setting in accordance with the tradition and teachings of Koji Yamamura and Priit Pärn.

Director
Hakhyun Kim

Baby, I Love You.

Baby, I Love You.

United States2012 02 min 25 sec English

„Hyper-Unrealism and Neo-Archetypes“ is the revealing subtitle of the website of the exceptional artist Faiyaz Jahri. Archetypes (e.g. from pop culture) are the materials he likes to play with when he quotes and perverts them, as he did in his earlier work Hello Bambi. Baby, I Love You. already begins slightly disturbingly with an image of a sickly young girl with red-rimmed, closed mouth and eyes in a Barbie doll body. Only the naïve prints on the pink sweat shirt are reminiscent of an intact childhood world, from which pictorial elements are borrowed.

Director
Faiyaz Jafri
Screenplay
Faiyaz Jafri
Camera
Faiyaz Jafri
Music
David Barratt
Sound
David Barratt
Animation
Faiyaz Jafri

Binary Pitch

Binary Pitch

Croatia2013 06 min 45 sec No dialogue

A hyper-modern grand stand is used for a filmic performance. Part 1, activation: grand stand is extended. Part 2, coding: the central ideas of Max Bense’s Aesthetics and Programming (1968) are translated into binary code, symbolised by upright or folded-down seats. Part 3, deactivation: grand stand is retracted. Add to this experimental electronic sounds. Whether it is meant to be taken seriously or ironically, the piece is charming and aesthetic, either way.

Director
Vladislav Knezevic
Screenplay
Vladislav Knezevic
Camera
Vladislav Knezevic
Sound
Bojan Gagic
Animation
Mario Kalogjera

Sudden Destruction

Sudden Destruction

Germany2012 04 min 20 sec English

Sudden Destruction bears the distinct handwriting of Bjørn Melhus, who, as in most of his other films, appears in various different roles. We are in a hotel, experiencing strange, seemingly clairvoyant moments. Various prophetic monologues are divulged by an initially lifeless body. Has the apocalypse come already?

Director
Bjørn Melhus
Screenplay
Bjørn Melhus
Camera
Yuki Jungesblut
Cast
Bjørn Melhus
Music
Bjørn Melhus
Sound
Bjørn Melhus

Picture Particles

Picture Particles

Germany2014 05 min 40 sec No dialogue

The influence of avant-garde films orientated towards footage is clearly palpable in Picture Particles by Thorsten Fleisch, former student of Peter Kubelka at the Frankfurter Städelschule. At first individual frames and cut pieces of the frames appear in a downscaled, central field of view, naturally using the short editing method and accompanied by irritating, disturbing noise. Then the flush of footage takes over the entire screen. The digital image processing only becomes apparent through kaleidoscope effects at the end.

Director
Thorsten Fleisch
Camera
Found Footage / unbekannt
Music
Thorsten Fleisch
Animation
Thorsten Fleisch

DARKROOM

Austria2014 13 min No dialogue

In darkroom Billy Roisz combines her performances with her film work. She gauges the dark room with projections, only revealing silhouettes, but thus arousing the spaces into new shapes and life. The abstract projections paint the walls and diversely shaped objects. We find ourselves in a cinema, a warehouse and an apartment, but the dimensions and significance of the rooms remain obscured. As in Billy Roisz’ other works, the images and music are inextricably interwoven.

Director
Billy Roisz
Camera
Lisbeth Kovacic
Music
Dieter Kovacic, Peter Kutin

The Time Tunnel

Switzerland2014 03 min 03 sec No dialogue

A crazy road-movie that seems to melt down into an abstract painting. Dirk Koy straps a camera onto his bike and rides off – from 0 to 140 km/h, to the driving sounds of Boris Blank. Apart from cuts, cross-fades and colour corrections there is no digital enhancement. A perfect symbiosis of shot images and their abstraction.

Director
Dirk Koy
Screenplay
Dirk Koy
Camera
Dirk Koy
Music
Boris Blank, Avant Garden, ©2014 extreme music library
Animation
Dirk Koy

1194D

United States2013 04 min 24 sec No dialogue

Raven Kwok, born in Shanghai and currently completing his master studies in “Electronic Art“, often likes to take simple number combinations as the titles of his works and is particularly interested in exploring the “generative visual aesthetic brought by computer algorithms and software processes“. In 1194D he lets the computer generate “algorithmic creatures” that mostly move within a grid in central perspective, while developing a fascinating pseudo-organic life that is sometimes reminiscent of proliferating cell structures.

Director
Raven Kwok
Music
+ (from elementperspective)

Montenegro

United Kingdom2013 07 min English

With the graphic minimalism of, say, Nicolas Mahler, Luiz Stockler narrates the existential crises and self doubts of his hero, a little red man who lives on his own in a small house on the brink of the abyss. He dreams that he had sex with a dog and naturally asks himself, whether this is still normal. Hair is also an issue: it falls out. And now, after surfing the net, he is convinced that he is suffering from post-natal depression, but his doctor won’t believe him and recommends gymnastic exercises. How is that going to help?

Director
Luiz Stockler

Toto

Toto

Poland2013 12 min Polish

Toto is the story of a boy, who is growing up somewhere in the country with his hard-working mother. One sunny summer’s day a traumatic encounter with a mysterious strange woman in a dark shed cuts short the innocence of childhood. A part of the threat lies within the confusion and uncertainty that is hinted at by the “unspeakable” events. Czapla utilises an expressive, painterly style to elevate previously filmed live-action scenes onto an almost abstract level.

Director
Zbigniew Czapla
Screenplay
Zbigniew Czapla
Camera
Zbigniew Czapla
Cast
vocal: Maja Kleszcz
director asistent: Anna Karus
Music
Gosja Isphording
Sound
Jaroslaw Konopka
Animation
Zbigniew Czapla

Autour du lac

Around the lake

Belgium2013 05 min 05 sec French

A wonderful example for the perfect synergy of images and music, almost as symbiotic as a music video – but more than that! The song, which takes the form of an anthem to the lake (“Je marche autour du lac!” – I run around the lake), and the simply painted and drawn animations and figures, which could stem from a child’s imagination, complement each other in terms of humour and timing, forming a wonderful ensemble.

Director
Carl Roosens, Noémie Marsily