Get ready for a journey through unknown lands and fertile imaginations...
Get ready for a journey through unknown lands and fertile imaginations. Filmmakers in this programme use moving images as a material that can be kneaded or stretched. Adrian Flury's experimental guided tour A Place I've Never Been required thousands of digital images found in archives, and hundreds of hours spent in the editing room, resulting in pure hypnotism. Peter Tscherkassky's latest offering The Exquisite Corpus compiles erotic imagery from 35mm films, revealing the artist's obsession with the celluloid. And in Polaroids, Hungarian artist Péter Lichter invents a new form of poetic documentary, matching found footage and verses in an invitation to wander through memories.
Quantum Dir: Flatform (Italy 2015 – 8 mins) A town observed from the hill facing it is treated as an architectural model illuminated by the lights of a home interior.
Simulacra Dir: Theo Tagholm (Canada 2015 – 4 mins) "Today abstraction is no longer that of the map, the double, the mirror, or the concept. Simulation is no longer that of a territory, a referential being, or a substance. It is the generation by models of a real without origin or reality: a hyperreal. […]" Simulacra and Simulation, by Jean Baudrillard
Polaroids Dir: Péter Lichter (Hungary 2015 – 13 mins) 510 On a sleepy morning Eduardo Kac, Professor of Biology, cross-fertilized his own DNA with that of the petunia.
From the poetry book of Márton Simon.
Ripple – UK premiere Dir: Conner Griffith (USA 2015 – 3 mins) The shapes we make. An advertisement for planet earth.
Bailu's Dream – UK premiere Dir: Nicolas Boone (France 2015 – 12 mins) Bailu, a village located in the Sichuan province, was destroyed by an earthquake in 2008. The Chinese government decided to rebuild it as a “French village”.
A Place I've Never Been Dir: Adrian Flury (Switzerland 2014 – 5 mins) By sourcing multiple digital images of the same place from different archives, this experiment in film makes use of frame by frame montage to discover hidden forms, patterns and references thereby giving new meaning to the prevailing redundancy of these pictures.
Squame – UK premiere Dir: Nicolas Brault (Canada 2015 – 4 mins) Squame explores the body's sensitive envelope, the skin. The ephemeral animated desquamations, created with the help of sugar casts, evoke fragile landscapes in a world at the edge of abstraction. Somewhere between archeological artifacts and macroscopic observations, the friable frontiers of these human bodies elude our gaze.
The Exquisite Corpus Dir: Peter Tscherkassky (Austria 2015 – 19 mins) An analog film, manually composed one frame at a time out of moments from disembodied feature films, amateur and porn flics.
There are five Short Film Competition programmes in total: Outsiders - Wednesday 20 April at 6.30pm Journeys - Thursday 21 April at 7pm Fragments - Friday 22 April at 4pm Reflections - Saturday 23 April at 11am Delusions - Saturday 23 April at 1pm Don't forget to place your vote for the Audience Award. Slips are available at each screening. The winners will be announced and screened at the Flatpack Awards on Saturday 23 April at 7.30pm.
Please note this event contains flashing imagery.
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