SHORTS 5: THE ONE WITH THE ALGAE
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Athyrium-Filix FeminaKelly Egan5 min., 2016, CanadaThe second in a series of “quilt films” that pay homage to the work of pioneering female artists, Athyrium filix-femina reimagines Anna Atkins’ founding work in photography as a moving image. In 1843, Anna Atkins published the first book of photography, Photographs of British Algae: Cyanotype Impressions, an exploration of regional botany that classified different kinds of algae using direct prints of the plants. The cyanotype process was a relatively short-lived as a dominant form of photography, however, it found refuge in the domestic sphere where it was used to decorate fabric for pillows, drapes and clothing. By combining filmmaking and quilting, this film extends from the “domestication” of this photographic art by exploring experimental narrative and structural forms through the use of traditional “women’s work.” The “narrative” in this film is told through the symbolic patterning in quilt-making practices.
Étude 1a: Release (I)Russell Sheaffer5 min., 2016, USAExploring the musical concept of "release," this film is a haunting found-footage study in the plurality of visual and auditory meanings of the term. A series of collaborative works pairing artists working in visual and auditory mediums, the Études meditate on individual musical concepts through experiments with sound and film.
Not Even Nothing Can Be Free Of GhostsRainer Kohlberger11 min., 2016, AustriaRainer Kohlberger´s audio-visual compositions are always fierce attacks on the human system of perception. His algorithmic works have little in common with conventional film and video. What binds him with the avant-garde movements of the 20th century is the constant search for point zero.
Heliopolis HeliopolisAnja Dornieden and Juan David Gonzalez26 min., 2017, GermanyHeliopolis Heliopolis was the name of a metropolitan simulacrum devised as a training tool for urban planning at the NoUn School of Architecture in Egypt in the 3rd century BC. Heliopolis Heliopolis was created by an insurgent priest (whose name has been lost) as a tool to train students in the design of a revolutionary city meant to surpass the ancient city of Heliopolis. This in spite of the fact that the priest and his students appear never to have visited Heliopolis and based their model exclusively on texts and secondhand knowledge. Eventually this became a source of pride within the school and descriptions of Heliopolis gained a fantastical nature, becoming both meticulously elaborate and wildly implausible. Heliopolis Heliopolis is a cinematic interpretation of the simulacrum and the hypnotic, trance-inducing ritual connected to its use.
Oblong BoxRobert Todd8 min., 2016, USAResting places: The weight of distances between lives brought together via passageways through and to the ends of things.
The Place I Will Have LeftLena Ditte Nissen15 min., 2016, Germany“The Place I Will Have Left” was shot around Rio Catatumbo in Venezuela, the area where most lightnings in the world strike down. The film is about the experience and absorption of something non-digestible. Something foreign and other, that does not assimilate, that remains within our selfs as a foreign body and provokes rejection reactions.The short and destructive energy of a lightning is delated into a state of stasis as an overreaction.
XenoiDeborah Strattman15 min., 2016, Greece/USAThe Greek island of Syros is visited by a series of unexpected guests. Immutable forms, outside of time, foreign observants to human conditions.
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