Connecting with artists who have found themselves put in a difficult situation by the pandemic, we allocate this space to show a selection of short animations and experimental video forms submitted by creators during the pandemic.
Seven works in which the authors take up topics such as space and other dimensions (Land Of The Flats, TE-R), watching on the web and being watched online (Yours, The World’s, Adam Hsieh), a pandemic that clearly exposes the dysfunction of human-nature relations (Pulse, Suman Kabiraj) or longing for social contact, while we are doomed to a closer relationship with the screen (Companion, Jack Williams).
Film form created by the collective TE-R from Vienna. It is inspired by Edwin A. Abbott’s novel Flatlandia or Land of the Clippers, about a two-dimensional land, which is an introduction to considerations on spatial dimensions, treated by some as a mathematical essay on the fourth dimension. In the same universe, playfully augmented into multiple dimensions, lies the ›Land of the Flats‹, by the ensemble Andother Stage. Dance and music become inseparable parts of a whole, musical instruments are extensions of the body. Geometric shapes, virtual figures from 3D games and human bodies come together in a dialectic form of choreography and composition
Audio: Jorge Sánchez-Chiong
Cast: Brigitte Wilfing, Clara Frühstück, David Christopher Panzl, Jorge Sánchez-Chiong, Louise Linsenbolz, Samuel Toro Pérez, Sophia Hörman, Thomas Wagensommerer
Half-videoclip, half-visualization for the EP promoting the album “EGO” – the music project “Krew”. Like electronic music, animation is a purely aesthetic expression of forms that only later acquire subjective meanings through their atmosphere and visual associations.
A video poem that explores the very contemporary issue of the simulacrum (the representation of reality) that we create today, especially in a pandemic, through screens and their impact on our perceptions and emotions. The author focuses on total immersion and considers whether computer-based intimacy is possible, exploring issues such as the desire to touch, para-social interactions and the influence of audiovisual media on human emotions.
A short animated film about the bloodily suppressed demonstrations against the rule of General Chun Doo-hwan’s military dictatorship in Gwangju, South Korea, 1979. Protests are silenced by the national media, demonstrators brutally beaten and shot by the military.
The filming technique is a combination of stop motion animation and real-time camera recording technique that Karla Kracht has developed over the last decade.
The film was commissioned by Choin Theatre Company in Seoul.
Animation, video, puppets, set design, camera, sound design, video editing: Karla Kracht
Duration: 07:03 min
Analog video collage, using a technique combining images recorded on 35 mm film with digital footage recorded with webcam. The film juxtaposes an analogue colour video of an inflatable sex doll symbolizing sexual objectification, with black and white footage of viewers taken from webcam and the sound of production machines in the background.
The film investigates the subtle interaction between the private and public spheres, watching and being watched, further exploring the topic of gender and gender roles in the commercialized erotic industry.
Adam Hsieh (director/performer)
Pablo Molina Petrovich (performer)
Channing Bickford (performer)
Jim Nagae (performer)
Mao Qingqing (performer)
Abstract video constructed of moving images reflecting the author’s contemplation on the dysfunction of the human-nature relationship. As the author says: “Research shows that deforestation and the killing of wildlife have an impact on the development of infectious diseases. Many people wonder when life will return to normal after the Covid-19 crisis. Shouldn’t we ask rather: can we take this opportunity to learn from our mistakes and build something better? ”
Short film, animation of images created by artificial intelligence, based on landscapes from the Spanish region of Bajo Aragón and video game covers from the 80s and 90s.
The film shows the evolution of the inhabitants of the eponymous planet “Kepler-186F” and is part of a larger whole published in digital form, entitled “Memories of an AI”.