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International Programme 6: Abstract Showcase (15)

August 28, 2011
8:45 pm

A collection of in-competition, recently released films focusing entirely on abstract and experimental animation. Outstanding examples of non-narrative, highly imaginative cinematic art and some of the most intriguing, challenging and rewarding films in competition.

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‘Time Ripples In Sense World’ (Paul Fletcher, 2011)

Time Ripples In Sense World

Sense implies it’s opposite. You are here. Enjoy the spectacle before the inevitable farewells and next departure.

Australia, 7’00

‘Music Box’ (Dylan Ladds, 2010)

Music Box

A unique, physical exploration of tactile, visual and aural space using imprints and impressions of all manner of cogs, wheels and other industrial minutiae.

USA, 3’44

‘Press +’ (Benjamin Ducroz, 2009)

Press +

A constantly evolving network of forms and shapes eternally locked into a rolling chain of little ‘Big Bangs’.

Australia, 1’30

‘Machination 84’ (lia, 2010)

Machination 84

If Viking Eggeling had been able to re-do ‘Symphonie Diagonale’ in high definition and 16:9 format 85 years after it premiered, the result might look something like this.

Austria, 5’43

”Susurrus” (Lindsay Cox, 2010)


Rolling colours and sounds are pushed together in a stop-motion animation exploring the possibilities of a rotating two dimensional set.

Australia, 4’04

’43’ (Dextro, 2008)


Dextro’s compositional frameworks are seldom equalled. Once unravelled, they operate with elegant simplicity and offer the key to unlocking a truly limitless set of possibilities.

Austria, 5’00

‘Ancient Alien Circus’ (Neely Goniodsky, 2010)

Ancient Alien Circus

An absorbing, always changing deconstructive ride through the cumulative building blocks of an urban environment.

Canada, 1’42

‘Lightforms’ (Malcolm Sutherland, 2010)


A deceptively simple floaty universe of revolving planetoids and waltzing amoebae.

Canada, 4’00

‘Seattle Solstice’ (Caryn Cline, 2008)

Seattle Solstice

An optical print of hand-made 16mm film-frames using a collection of fauna to map the Seattle landscape as the year passes.

USA, 2’40

‘Metropolis’ (Mirai Mizue, 2009)


Geometry never looked so good. A visual cacophony of intersections and forever-lengthening perspectives.

Japan, 4’45

‘Strips’ (Felix Dufour-Laperriere, 2009)


A masculine noun and a shortened form of striptease. From ‘strip’: to remove, to take away; and ‘tease’: to entice, to tempt. And then all this in plural.

Canada, 5’40

‘As Above, So Below’ (Elise Simard, 2009)

As Above, So Below

A colourful homage to pioneering Canadian artist Alexandra Luke, one of the founders of the early 1950s ‘Painters Eleven’ movement.

Canada, 1’44

‘An Abstract Day’ (Oerd van Cuijlenborg, 2010)

An Abstract Day

An abstract visual story told in sound. We witness a day in the life of a couple who fight, make love and escape the hot and crowded city.

Holland, 5’36

‘The Yarwood Trail’ (Richard Reeves, 2009)

The Yarwood Trail

A richly coloured, direct-to-film immersion of texture, light and shapes.

Canada, 3’58

‘CMYK’ (Marv Newland, 2011)


A sudden change of style for one of our favourite animators. Marv Newland goes abstract and we love every second of it.

Canada, 7’13

‘Fiesta Brava’ (Steven Woloshen, 2011)

Fiesta Brava

The crazy cattle stampedes on the streets of Pamplona have ended. Now, the bulls are throwing the world’s biggest party.

Canada, 3’26

‘Inner View’ (Patrick Jenkins, 2009)

Inner View

A paint-on-glass, animated homage to Canadian artist Kazuo Nakamura.

Canada, 2’00