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LIAF 2016: Edge of Frame – Elemental Animation

December 9, 2016
8:00 pm

LIAF 2016 is very proud to partner with Edwin Rostron and Animate Projects on 6 expansive screenings and seminars devoted to championing experimental animation for The Edge of Frame Weekend, taking place at Whitechapel Gallery and Close-Up Cinema on 9th – 11th December.

A programme of works which use the material of film itself as a canvas. These visceral, vibrant films feature camera-less techniques such as scratching, painting and printing onto the filmstrip, subjecting film to decay and decomposition, and affixing materials such as letraset or insects to its surface. The remarkable visions created through these diverse approaches fill the frame with dynamic textures and colour, and many will be presented on 16mm and 35mm prints. Seen in the cinema, these works achieve a powerful effect, immersing us in strange and previously unseen worlds, and displaying the breadth and scope of abstract film.

The event is part of the Edge of Frame Weekend, which also includes a public seminar addressing questions around the context for animation practice, and further screenings at Whitechapel Gallery. It is supported by Jerwood Charitable Foundation, Royal College of Art, and using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England. The event takes place during the Whitechapel’s William Kentridge exhibition, and is part of the London International Animation Festival.

Several of the filmmakers will be present at the screening.

At Close-Up Film Centre book tickets

Linear Dreams (Richard Reeves, Canada)

Linear Dreams, Richard Reeves, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalImages from the minds eye. Music from the minds ear. A pulsating heartbeat gives life to a motion painting experience.

7’00, 2012

Queen’s Quay (Stephen Broomer, Canada)

Red, green, blue, and yellow grids track the horizon, left and right. The colours collide and mix.

1’11, 2012

Landfill 16 (Jennifer Reeves, USA)

Landfill 16, Jennifer Reeves, LIAF, London International Animation Festival“Exhumed 16mm film from my very own landfill in Elkhart. I temporarily buried the footage to let enzymes and fungi in the soil begin to decompose the image, and then I hand-painted the film to give it new life.” – Jennifer Reeves

9’00, 2011

Something Between Us (Jodie Mack, USA)

Something Between Us, Jodie Mack, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalA choreographed motion study for twinkling trinkets, beaming baubles, and glaring glimmers.

9’30, 2015

Mothlight, (Stan Brakhage, USA)

“Brakhage made Mothlight without a camera. He just pasted mothwings and flowers on a clear strip of film and ran it through the printing machine.” – Jonas Mekas.

4’00, 1963

Dresden Dynamo (Lis Rhodes, UK)

“Dresden Dynamo is a film that I made without a camera – in which the image is the sound track – the sound track the image. A film document.” – Lis Rhodes

5’00, 1971-1972

Primal (Vicky Smith, UK)

Primal, Vicky Smith, LIAF, London International Animation Festival“I began with the urgent method of direct animation, using a roll of 16mm unprocessed fogged negative and my own body. Emulsion softened with saliva rubbed away to reveal textures impressed upon the film surface.” – Vicky Smith

10’00, 2016

Sunset Strip (Kayla Parker, UK)

A day-by-day animated diary of a year’s sunsets, recorded directly onto a continuous strip of 35mm film using a variety of materials such as magnolia petals, net stocking, lacquer and ink, to create a dazzling expression of the visual music revealed by 365 setting suns.

4’15, 1996

Deep Red (Esther Urlus, Netherlands)

Deep Red, Esther Urlus, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalDense, addictive, multi-pass, colour printing with trees shorn of their leaves transformed into thirty six layer deep technicolour.

7’00, 2012

Get Set (Ian Helliwell, UK)

Get Set, Ian Helliwell, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalA direct animation film made over a period of 3 years, using clear super 8 covered with ink and overlaid with various Letraset shapes.

3’20, 2005

Colour Poems (Margaret Tait, UK)

“Nine linked short films. Memory, chance observation, and the subsuming of one in the other… Some images are formed by direct-on-film animation, others are ‘found’ by the camera.” – Margaret Tait

12’00, 1974

Little Boy (Jordan Baseman, UK)

Little Boy, Jordan Baseman, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalLittle Boy is an abstract, stop-frame animation of the sky, recorded at the Hiroshima Peace Museum, within the detonation site of the first atomic bomb.

3’45, 2014-2016