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LIAF 2015: Abstract Showcase (15)

December 5, 2015
5:00 pm

Animation in its purest form, this is LIAF’s annual collection of the most impressive, expressive abstract and experimental animated films from all over the world.

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A Very Large Increase in the Size, Amount, or Importance of Something Over a Very Short Period of Time (Max Hattler, UK)

A Very Large Increase in the Size, Amount, or Importance of Something Over a Very Short Period of Time, Max Hattler, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalLife springs eternal from the geometrical genius of a universe we still cannot bring ourselves to understand.

2’00, 2013

Minotaur (Munro Ferguson, Canada)

Minotaur, Munro Ferguson, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalThe archetypal hero takes a journey through the seven stages of birth, childhood, mission, labyrinth, monster, battle and death/rebirth.

6’50, 2014

Sillon 672 (Bastien Dupriez, France)

Sillon 672, Bastien Dupriez, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalColour and motion drive you deep into the groove of vinyl.

4’30, 2014

Across the Light (Hui Chi Chuang, Taiwan/USA)

Across the Light, Hui Chi Chuang, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalInspired by microbiology and scientific experiments – a surreal peek into the micro-structure of living organisms.

3’00, 2014

Journey (Anita Gill, UK)

Journey, Anita Gill, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalChildhood memories of a Mother’s time living in India in the 1960s. The vibrancy of daily life in the city.

1’55, 2014

MTL Rush (Mathieu Guimond, Canada)

MTL Rush, Mathieu Guimond, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalAn experimental essay on colour and movement, scratched and painted directly on 35mm film during the winter of 2014.

2’35, 2014

Pluto 3000 (Enrico Ascoli & Fabio Tonetto, Italy)

Pluto 3000, Enrico Ascoli, Fabio Tonetto, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalAiming high, a deconstructionalist approach to creating an abstract version of the best Pluto ever.

1’15, 2014

Give Me a Pie (Gina Kamentsky, USA)

Give Me a Pie, Gina Kamentsky, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalThrough a noisy collage of crash tests, many dogs and a pie, a peg-leg man dreams of a burlesque woman.

1’20, 2013

Scribbledub (Ross Hogg, UK)

Scribbledub, Ross Hogg, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalA perfectly paced parade of mini eruptions, each contained perfectly within its frame and setting the scene for the next – and the next, and the next.

2’55, 2014

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Don’t Worry I’ll Do It (Jordan Wang, USA)

Don't Worry I'll Do It, Jordan Wang, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalI don’t care, it’s up to you. Don’t worry, I’ll do it. I deserve it, it’s fine. Some days are better, overall I’m OK. Take your time, no rush.

4’10, 2014

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Line (Steven Subotnick, USA)

Line, Steven Subotnick, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalThe line as conductor, orchestra, star and supporting cast. Front of stage and re-configuring the frame. The Line.

2’20, 2014

Improvisation No.1: Cumulative Loops (Luigi Allemano, Canada)

Improvisation No.1: Cumulative Loops, Luigi Allemano, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalThe audio-visual artifact of an improvisation in hand-drawn animation and musical collage.

3’20, 2013

Banquet of Love (Haruka Mitani & Michael Lyons, Japan)

Banquet of Love, Haruka Mitani, Michael Lyons, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalStarting out with found footage of a forest, this piece rapidly lurches into a fully immersive abstract experience.

6’30, 2014

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Abstract Iterations II (Sabrina Schmid, UK)

Abstract Iterations II, Sabrina Schmid, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalA playful tribute to the avant-garde artist Malevich who made the ultimate statement on abstraction 100 years ago by painting the iconic image of the ‘Black Square’.

4’20, 2015

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Sumsing (Martin Rahmlow, Germany)

Sumsing, Martin Rahmlow, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalA mesmerising journey through dark, amorphous, geometric forms.

3’50, 2014

Locus of Everyday Life (Sawako Kynd, Japan)

ocus of Everyday Life, Sawako Kynd, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalA work of astounding beauty and visual complexity, rising over its course to an apex of movement and ongoing adaptive alteration.

6’55, 2014

East Meets West (Dirk de Bruyn, Australia)

East Meets West, Dirk de Bruyn, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalWhen abstract cinema is swallowed by the Academy, the street is emptied. Technique becomes subservient, immobilised in service to the past, to become a marker of lost ideologies.

4’25, 2015

Once Canada Square (Simon Ball, UK)

Once Canada Square, Simon Ball, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalTaking London’s financial heartland as a starting point for an architectural exploration of notions of progress and development.

5’00, 2014

Ten Anagrams for Norman McLaren (Delphine Burrus, France)

Ten Anagrams for Norman McLaren, Delphine Burrus, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalReconfiguring the letters of “Be Gone Dull Care” into new words provides the inspirational stepping off points for a series of short homage pieces to Norman McLaren.

4’25, 2014

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