International Experimental Film Screening

The Mourning Door By Yasaman Hasani and Takuto Fukuda, Austria.

Pulse By Matthew Pell, UK.

Hadarim By Shlomi Yosef, Israel.

As You See By Jayne Wilson, UK.

Oracle By Seyed Mohsen Pourmohseni Shakib, Iran.

SIGINT By Phil Hastings, USA.

Wild Horses By Reka Szucs, Hungary.

Sense of Place By APOTROPIA, Italy.

Maxima Minima By Laurence Chan, UK.

Bell Tower of False Creek, By Randolph Jordan, Canada.

Rio-me porque és da aldeia e vieste de burro ao baile By Sandra Araujo, Portugal.

Convolve By Colby Richardson, Canada.

Hushed. Left. Jumped By Bruno Carnide, Portugal.

Polarity By Matthew Pell, UK.

Ghostly By Maxime Corbeil-Perron, Canada.

Those Drawn Alive By Jukka-Pekka Jalovaara, Finland.

A Stones Throw Away By Brian Ratigan, USA.

Mikveh By Adrian Garcia Gomez, USA

Finito By Mauricio Bartok and Gabriel D’Orazio, New Zealand.

Ugly but Good by Jordan Wong, USA.

Aeon by Derek Odell, USA.

This Haus By Elena Knox, Japan.

 

More Info on the Films and Artists.

The Mourning Door By Yasaman Hasani and Takuto Fukuda, Austria.

The Mourning Door is a collaboration between Yasaman Hasani, and Takuto Fukuda, created in 2015 in Austria. This piece is a story about a woman who tries to find her true self.

Music: Takuto Fukuda / Animation: Yasaman Hasani

Pulse By Matthew Pell, UK.

The rhythm of a city. The rhythm of life.

Pulse is a single-screen triptych Experimental Film that utilizes looped images and sounds to reflect upon the human condition within a cityscape. The work takes the viewer on a journey through a hectic and unyielding urban environment.

Matthew Pell is a UK-based Moving-Image Artist & Lecturer. Since 2000 Pell has been creating both commissioned and self-initiated single-screen videos exploring human identity in urban architectural environments and manmade objects that emanate light. His work is concerned with city topography, light and the manipulation of time and sound. Much of Pell’s practice employs looped, reversed, speeded or slowed footage, abstracted compositions, multiple frames and affected audio to stimulate a visceral response from the viewer. Pell has also collaborated with musicians, sound artists and theatre companies to produce projections for live performances, music videos and video art.

Hadarim By Shlomi Yosef, Israel.

Through the eyes of a seven year old pupil, a short look at the wired and grotesque routine of elementary school (in Israel)

I recently finished four years of animation studies in Bezalel – Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem. During which I participated in an exchange program in Strasbourg, France. Before that I used to study figurative drawing and oil painting at “Hatahana” school in Tel-Aviv and photography in “Galitz” school, also in Tel-Aviv. Between 2009-2010 I traveled for a year in the Americas (north, center and south). When I was 18, due to the law and social norm in Israel, I served for three years in the Israeli army, as an airplanes and helicopters technician.

As You See By Jayne Wilson, UK.

As a multitude of mesmerising televisual images race past our eyes, there is a simple, but simultaneously baffling, explanation to the technology that brought moving images to your screens. As You See takes us on a curious and intoxicating journey into the illusory nature of television, and the fault in our eyes that makes it possible.

UK artist Jayne Wilson produces carefully researched films that tread a line between the informative and the playful. Often dominated by a fascination with the inventions of the modern industrial age her films draw on a prevailing interest in archive imagery, collage and a prized collection of engineering manuals. Her films have screened at galleries and festivals including WRO Media Art Biennale (Poland), New Filmmakers, The Anthology Film Archive (New York) Cinecity Brighton, Sheffield Fringe and at London Short Film Festival among others.

Oracle By Seyed Mohsen Pourmohseni Shakib, Iran.

The story of a fetus which is connected to the world from the umbilical cord, a fine and long line around the baby represents the good and evil of human, the two faces of the world.

In 1988, he was born in Rasht, Iran. At age 17, he started his art work as Screenwriter and Editor. at same time, he went to university to study civil engineering.  After a while, he became a member of Rasht Young Cinema Society and made his first short animation ‘White Paper’ (2010) which has been selected at 36 national and international film festivals such as:  Seoul International Youth Film Festival, South Korea. Frameline: San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival, USA. Hamburg International Queer Film Festival, Germany. In 2013, he made his second short animation ‘Game Over’ which has been selected in 37 national and international film festivals such as: Watersprite: Cambridge International Student Film Festival, UK,  Seoul International Youth Film Festival, South Korea. Montreal International Children’s Film Festival, Canada. Golden Kuker: Sofia International Animation Film Festival, Bulgaria. South Texas Underground Film Festival, USA . ‘Oracle’ was his third short animation which made in 2016 and has been accepted at 7 international film festival until now such as: Red Carpet Human Rights Film Festival, Palestine. Festival Alto Vicentino, Italy. Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival, South Korea.

SIGINT By Phil Hastings, USA.

SIGINT Reaching towards other worlds through microscopy. Signal Intelligence  – the act of collecting intercepting information. SIGINT takes an interstellar journey using the microscopic image as proxy for other worlds.  What information is out there that can be collected from beyond our world?

Phil Hastings is an artist and filmmaker whose work is rooted in the often-opposing subjects of the sciences and the spiritual with explorations tied to liminality and the transformation process. Concepts of adversity, transcendence, and rebirth are themes that infuse his work. He works in animation, experimental and narrative cinematic modes and has screened in festivals, galleries and museums internationally. His video documentation of the sexual cannibalism and reproduction practices of praying mantis has been licensed for shows on National Geographic television and the Canadian Broadcast Corporation and New Scientist magazine. He is a 2012 New York Foundation for the Arts Film/Video Fellow and was an invited artist in the 18th Biennale of Sydney where his film Steadfast was screened at the Art Gallery of New South Wales.

 Wild Horses By Reka Szucs, Hungary.

God carries me on his back. The body enters the house, instead of getting on the plane, which would bring it to Mexico City first, and then to Oaxaca. It could still catch the evening bus there, crossing the mountains over the night to Puerto Escondido. It would travel on a truck in the piercing light of the early morning, all the way down on Highway 175. At Puerto Angel it would squeeze into a cab with eight other passengers. They would reach for the horn of the Huatulco bay that resembles a sweet water lake. Waiting in the shades a fisherman would come and offer a ride, crossing, for a few dollars, to the other side of the lagoon. Not every man with a boat is a fisherman, and not every fisherman is to be trusted. But that crumbling skiff is safe. It holds a native couple, old and withered, in dresses adorned with flowers, marking a celebration, ready to set off to the sea. The lagoon is a natural reserve, and the boatman turns the engine on sparingly. The venomous green below is split with rare thrusts. Amidst the matt white respiratory roots that crisscross the thick mangrove marsh, tiny, unknown species of heron appear. The silence of the engine gives way to their chatter. The road is not long enough for the mind to grasp what has been penetrated. As soon as the boat hits the shore,  children run across the hot sand to greet the passengers in a mix of native languages. One of them nods at a question and repeats the name of the place, then turns silent, points at one direction, and runs away. Those who follow him, arrive at mud huts under palm roofs. Progress is slow in the soft sand, stumbling through big black hens of strange shapes. But upon passing the village, all the strangeness, along with everything else, disappears at the instant when the space opens up. The endless ocean fills the horizon. They say that sometimes in the distance, around where the loud turquoise of the salt water changes into blue with a tint of black, whales show themselves. But the body is not going. It only dreams, once in a while, with wild horses.

Filmmaker, dancefilm researcher, curator. Born in Pacs, Hungary, 1981, currently lives and works in Budapest, Hungary.

Sense of Place By APOTROPIA, Italy.

The term a sense of place may describe both an arrangement of features that makes a place unique and the sensation and perception of place as experienced by the living bodies that belong to it. The body is our general medium for having a world and our relationship to space is inevitably connected with culture and shaped by the kind of bodies we have.

Sense of Place is one of the chapters that constitute the DROP project.

APOTROPIA is an artist duo based in Rome, Italy, formed by dancer/media artist Antonella Mignone and artist/composer Cristiano Panepuccia. Their work explores the intersections of dance, performing arts and live audiovisual production. Using light, sound, motion, bodies and time, APOTROPIA create works that explore the philosophical, anthropological and scientific elements of human culture.

Maxima Minima By Laurence Chan, UK.

‘No commercial work is outside of the reach of artistic reclamation. Likewise no artistic project is outside the reach of commercial implications. Lopatin, D. 2010 Memory Vague. Plunderphonics, Chopped and Screwed, Mash-up, Vaporwave. A glitched, mash-up montage comprised of 21 contemporary (2014-2015) popular music videos (Maxima). An alternate, hypnagogic, dystopian experience of popular music culture via minimalist compositional arrangement (Minima). Glitch as allegorical device for corruption… ‘Now That’s What I Call.

Laurence Chan is an audiovisual artist with a background in sound design and music composition. His works maintain a strong focus in visual music, sound art, optical art, and audio-reactive visualisations, which extend into live VJing. He is currently exploring areas of glitch aesthetics in a synchronous audiovisual realm. Utilising both analog and digital glitching technology. Immersion is enhanced through multi-channel surround sound mixing.  With a passion for popular music & culture, it has continued influence on his occasional plunderphonic methodology. A culmination of his research is demonstrated in the Glasgow School of Art commissioned short film Merry Glitchmas (2015).

Bell Tower of False Creek, By Randolph Jordan, Canada.

Bell Tower of False Creek uses the church bell as metaphor for the traffic on Vancouver’s Burrard Bridge as it casts an acoustic profile roughly equivalent to the area recently returned to the Squamish Nation as reserve lands in 2002. Recorded on the 40th anniversary of the World Soundscape Project’s first case study of the city, the film juxtaposes recordings from the WSP archive with new audiovisual material that invites listeners to imagine the sound of traffic noise recasting the bells of old as markers of territorial boundaries, challenging stereotypical biases against urban noise pollution to rethink narratives that posit the death of indigenous culture in the face of modernization.

Randolph Jordan is a lecturer in the Cinema department at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada. His research, teaching, and creative practice reside at the intersections of soundscape research, media studies, and critical geography. He has published widely on the ways in which the fields of acoustic ecology and film sound studies can inform each other. His sound compositions, photographs and films have been exhibited internationally, and he is now completing a book manuscript for Oxford University Press entitled “An Acoustic Ecology of the Cinema.”

Rio-me porque és da aldeia e vieste de burro ao baile By Sandra Araujo, Portugal.

Popular sonorities and imagery combined with computer-based aesthetics. Visual elements feature iconic images, 8-bit, pixel and glitch, whereas sound is the result of sampling.

Sandra Araujo is a visual artist that spent endless hours shooting at monsters and strolling through mazes. So, it only felt natural for her to evolve through an experimental and explorative process of the visual culture of video games and popular gif files in her animations. She still plays old school computer games.

Convolve By Colby Richardson, Canada.

A frantic and hypnotic journey through the pages of Greg Bright’s Fontana Mazes. Utilizing single frame animation, prisms, warped mirrors, and water to further distort the already convoluted path of the labyrinth.  Shot with in-camera edits on Super 8, the score is generated by a video feed of the film which is directly translated into an audio signal.

Hushed. Left. Jumped By Bruno Carnide, Portugal.

Super8 film. A man speaks to the onlookers intimate moments of his life, which will eventually unveil his true essence. Faced with this reality, he decides to make a decision.

Bruno Carnide (June 16, 1987, Leiria – Portugal), graduated in Sound and Image from School of Arts and Design of Caldas da Rainha – is an independent director since 2008, and founding director of the International Short Film Festival, Leiria Film Fest, since 2013. Carnide has directed more than a dozen fiction, documentary and animation short films, which have won several awards and have been exhibited in more than 100 film festivals around the world.  Working currently as a freelancer, Bruno Carnide has directed hundreds of corporate, advertising and music videos, and is, occasionally, speaker and teacher in the field of cinema and judge in short film festivals.

Polarity By Matthew Pell, UK.

Polarity is an audio visual expression and response to fluctuating emotional states; from feelings of reflection and contemplation to sudden bursts of frenzy and panic.

Matthew Pell is a UK-based Moving-Image Artist & Lecturer. Since 2000 Pell has been creating both commissioned and self-initiated single-screen videos exploring human identity in urban architectural environments and man made objects that emanate light. His work is concerned with city topography, light and the manipulation of time and sound. Much of Pell’s practice employs looped, reversed, speeded or slowed footage, abstracted compositions, multiple frames and affected audio to stimulate a visceral response from the viewer. Pell has also collaborated with musicians, sound artists and theatre companies to produce projections for live performances, music videos and video art.

Ghostly By Maxime Corbeil-Perron, Canada.

Inspired by Japanese experimental film, this video focuses on exploring the movement of shadow and light across space – frame-by-frame.

Maxime Corbeil-Perron is a composer and moving image artist whose work has been noticed by many international competitions and events. His work has been qualified as an ‘infinite cosmos’ (Etherreal, 2015), ‘pushing the boundaries of abstraction’ (Silence and Sound, 2015) and ‘defying any explication or labelling’ (La Folia, UK, 2015). He composes electroacoustic and mixed-media music, with a compositional approach that is inspired by electronic music, experimental cinema and visual arts, in a constant state of research to create an abstract, dynamic, spiritual and poetic sound-world.  He also composes and produces electronic music ( D R E S D E N, Le Poisson d’argent, Recepteurz), he is part of the drone/noise duo Political Ritual and the instrumental post-rock duo Le Pélican Noir. Also a moving-image artist, his audio-visual works have been shown in a many prestigious international film and digital arts festivals. His work has been supported by the CCA and the CALQ.

Those Drawn Alive By Jukka-Pekka Jalovaara, Finland.

Autumn provokes a stinky mood. This is caused by the loss of light. Last summer the radio played a tune called ‘The House of the Rising Sun’. And suddenly there was, on a wintery road, in very low light an impossible opponent ‘Lee Van Cleef’

I graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts, Helsinki, Finland in 1997.  Having main interest in sculpture.  Four years of live model drawing and modelling I finally entering towards personal expression. The pervasive perception of the object really strengthens your spine. After  a four-year free improv drawing project. Finally after six years of personal mental black-out, I got interested in motion pictures. After travelling the world of physical sculptures, I started the journey of mental sculptures of film and shadows.

A Stones Throw Away By Brian Ratigan, USA.

Drowning in isolation, a lonely soul finds a machine that can render artificial nostalgia for a price.

Brian Ratigan is an award-winning director and animator whose stop motion films and music videos have screened internationally. Ratigan is the founder of Non Films and is based in New York City.

Mikveh By Adrian Garcia Gomez, USA

In this reinterpretation of the mikveh – a purifying ritual bath performed by Jewish brides about to marry.  The filmmaker and his husbands immersions are disrupted by a government who refuses to recognize their marriage.  While the couple is required, again and again, to prove their relationship legally exists, the mikveh they share helps them overcome unforgiving bureaucracies and return to what truly matters.

No Biography.

Finito By Mauricio Bartok and Gabriel D’Orazio, New Zealand.

Time passes for all

No Biography.

Ugly but Good by Jordan Wong, USA.

Learning to be at peace with eventualities and things you know you can’t ever know.

A collector of souvenir state spoons and overpriced Uni Alpha Gel lead pencils, I am an animator and designer driven by honesty with a goal to utilize art as therapy. My personal work is currently heavily influenced by concepts of escapism, divorce, loss of control, struggling to remain present, and our inability to communicate with one another.

Aeon by Derek Odell, USA.

In this abstract music video, color, shape, and sound combine to take us to a new aural plane.

Derek O’Dell graduated Chapman University with a BFA in Digital Arts, 2016. Responsible for the concept and all of the visuals behind AEON.  Always interested in creating new, unique, memorable experiences. Born and raised in Orange County California. First time filmmaker but have participated in several Chapman thesis films that have been running festival circuits.

This Haus By Elena Knox, Japan.

This Haus was filmed inside an enormous, artist-built cardboard labyrinth with a lantern, a torch and a crew of two. It’s an exploration of the presentiments of entanglement and entrapment we sometimes feel when cohabiting a space, an idea, a shared psyche, or a stretch of lifetime. The original score is provided by experimental electronic duo Actual Russian Brides, using synthesised sound and also vocals, crockery, wine glasses and knives.

Elena Knox is a media and performance artist. Currently a postdoctoral research fellow in Intermedia Art and Science at Waseda University, Tokyo, she is an affiliate of the Creative Robotics Lab at Australia’s National Institute for Experimental Arts, and co-directs production house Lull Studios. Her PhD Media Art (UNSW Australia) won the 2015 Dean’s Award (Art & Design) and investigated the ethics and aesthetics of the likely sex and companionship work of humanoid robots. Knox’s artworks have been presented in premiere venues in New York, Wisconsin, Cologne, Berlin, Athens, Hong Kong, Plovdiv, Frankfurt, Milan, Aberystwyth, London, Shillong, Tokyo, Sydney, Melbourne and Cairo. elenaknox.com

 

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