The online home of the London International Animation Festival.

Abstract Showcase (15)

October 27, 2013
4:00 pm

Animation in its purest form. 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.

Read an extended article on this programme by LIAF Director, Nag Vladermersky here

At Barbican book tickets

I Already Know What I Hear / Ja Vec Znam Sto Cujem (Darko Masnec, 2012)

I Already Know What I Hear, Ja Vec Znam Sto Cujem, Darko Masnec, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalCommunication is a gap that I can sense between the things I’m unable to say. But this gap is not an empty divide; it is a space that fills itself.

Croatia, 5’00

Shift (Max Hattler, 2012)

Shift, Max Hattler, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalUsing the New Age idea of a ‘dimensional shift’ as inspiration, Shift combines science fiction themes through abstract, stop-motion animation of objects and colour.

Find out more

UK, 3’00

Split Ends (Joanna Priestley, 2012)

Split Ends, Joanna Priestley, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalInspired by French and English wallpapers from the 1900’s and North American wrapping papers from the 1960’s, a delicate series of colourful patterns.

Find out more

USA, 3’35

Virtuoso Virtual (Thomas Stellmach, 2013)

Virtuoso Virtual, Thomas Stellmach, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalHand-crafted ink drawings inspired by the opera ‘The Alchymist’ by the early German romantic composer Louis Spohr.

Find out more

Germany, 7’20

Limitations (Jeanette Bonds, 2012)

Limitations, Jeanette Bonds, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalA wonderful visual enigma extrapolated from a 15 foot film loop of animated scratch film, shot not frame-by-frame but created incrementally, one millimetre at a time.

Find out more

USA, 2’40

Big Signal (Evelien Lohbeck, 2012)

Big Signal, Evelien Lohbeck, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalWhen many undesired signals accumulate, the wanted signal is suppressed and overtaken by the unwanted noise.

Find out more

Holland, 1’50

Boy (Steven Subotnick, 2012)

Boy, Steven Subotnick, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalThree letters in search of a boy. A simple enough proposition.

Find out more

USA, 1’45

Roundabout (Peter Byrne, 2010)

Roundabout, Peter Byrne, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalAn inquiry into landscape, memory, movement and flow that employs gesture, layering, randomness, pattern and colour to evoke a fragmented sense of place.

Find out more

USA, 7’38

A Direct Film Farewell (Oerd Van Cuijlenborg, 2012)

A Direct Film Farewell, Oerd Van Cuijlenborg, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalWorking directly on filmstock, Van Cuijlenborg has created an abstract, light-footed universe in which colour, form and movement become primary visual elements again.

Find out more

Holland, 5’39

X (Max Hattler, 2012)

X, Max Hattler, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalA canal commission for the Vauxhall Ampera Season to create a water projection on Regents Canal, London.

Find out more

UK, 6’00

Broken Time (Johannes Gierlinger, 2011)

Broken Time, Johannes Gierlinger, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalUsing highly modified strips of live-action film, random glimpses of the everyday get a second chance to speak to us and exist cinematographically, the way they were originally created to be.

Find out more

Austria, 1’00 

Heavy Eyes / Schwere Augen (Siegfried Fruhauf, 2011)

Heavy Eyes, Schwere Augen, Siegfried Fruhauf, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalA film of abstraction and Neo-Expressionism. Ghostly and mask-like faces appear and immediately disappear again in the digital fog, eerily duplicated, electronically cloned.

Find out more

Austria, 10’00

Pinball / Fliper (Darko Vidackovic, 2012)

Pinball, Fliper, Darko Vidackovic, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalA dynamic pinball game, where the trajectory of the ball is undetermined.

Find out more

Croatia, 7’30

Snail Trail (Philipp Artus, 2012)

Snail Trail, Philipp Artus, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalA snail invents the wheel and goes through a cultural evolution to finally get back to its origin.

Find out more

Germany, 3’00

The End (Ülo Pikkov, 2013)

The End, Ülo Pikkov, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalIt is said a dying man sees his life racing before his eyes. What does a 100-year-old film strip see before it gives way to the digital realm? Broken frames, scratched filmstock or something else?

Find out more

Estonia, 5’42

When The Sun Turns Into Juice (Steven Woloshen, 2011)

When The Sun Turns Into Juice, Steven Woloshen, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalInspired by Woloshen’s four-year-old daughter’s metaphor for a sunset and originally created as an art gallery installation housing a 200-foot-long acrylic filmstrip painting, this is the perfect way to close the programme.

Find out more

Canada, 1’44