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LIAF 2021: Edge of Frame presents Fvoom! The Animated Films of Robert Breer

November 26, 2021
3:00 pm
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Edge of Frame, Fvoom! The Animated Films of Robert Breer, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalEdge of Frame presents two programmes exploring acclaimed artist, filmmaker and animator Robert Breer’s substantial legacy.

“I’d really like to have my films go ‘Fvoom!’ just like that – one split second… But somehow, that’s not the way perception works.”

Robert Breer

We are very excited to welcome back Edge of Frame to LIAF for the fifth year running with two programmes of work at the intersection of animation, experimental film and artists’ moving image. Specially curated by Edwin Rostron – the London-based artist, animator, writer, curator, editor of Edge of Frame blog and festival juror, these programmes celebrate this incredibly rich and vibrant, yet often marginalised and hard to define art form.

It is 10 years since Robert Breer died, and his impact on experimental animation practice is greater than ever. During his lengthy artistic career, Breer collaborated with the likes of Jean Tinguely and Claes Oldenberg, created kinetic sculptures that moved at an almost imperceptible rate, and produced more than 40 influential and ground-breaking films. The first programme; Fvoom! The Animated Films of Robert Breer brings together a selection of his seminal works of experimental animation, which collide radical discontinuity with cartooning and found materials, formally daring one moment, daftly humorous the next.

Find out about the second Edge of Frame programme: After Images

Form Phases IV – Robert Breer, USA

Form Phases IV, Robert Breer, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalBreer’s earliest experiments in animation are wonderfully dense yet lyrical abstractions based on his own geometric paintings.

1954 4 mins

Recreation – Robert Breer, USA

Recreation, Robert Breer, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalA frame by frame collision of totally disparate images.

1957 2 mins

A Man and His Dog Out For Air – Robert Breer, USA

A Man and His Dog Out For Air, Robert Breer, LIAF, London International Animation Festival“A brilliant and astonishing ballet animated with unprecedented virtuosity!” Film Quarterly

1957 3 mins

Blazes – Robert Breer, USA

Blazes, Robert Breer, LIAF, London International Animation Festival100 basic images switching positions for 4000 frames. A continuous explosion.

1961 3 mins

Horse Over Tea Kettle – Robert Breer, USA

Horse Over Tea Kettle, Robert Breer, LIAF, London International Animation Festival“In this witty animation of brightly colored doodles, things are not quite what they appear to be. …’nuclear mayhem.”  MOMA Catalogue

1962 8 mins

Breathing – Robert Breer, USA

Breathing, Robert Breer, LIAF, London International Animation Festival“Breer’s unpredictable lines flow forth naturally with an assurance and a serenity which are the signs of an astonishing felicity of expression.” Cahiers du Cinema

1963 5 mins

Fist Fight – Robert Breer, USA

Fist Fight, Robert Breer, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalA rapid-fire onslaught of images set to the sound of Karlheinz Stockhausen’s Originale.

1964 11 mins

66 – Robert Breer, USA

66, Robert Breer, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalBursts of continuous movement, jerky and irregular rhythms and drawn objects rotating in three dimensions. A continual unfolding of surprises.

1966 6 mins

Gulls and Buoys – Robert Breer, USA

Gulls and Buoys, Robert Breer, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalRobert Breer’s first use of the rotoscope. Parts of objects, people, and movements are intertwined into an assemblage of abstract colour forms.

1972 6 mins

Fuji – Robert Breer, USA

Fuji, Robert Breer, LIAF, London International Animation Festival“A poetic, rhythmic, riveting achievement, in which fragments of landscapes, passengers, and train interiors blend into a magical colour dream of a voyage.” Amos Vogel.

1973 9 mins

LMNO – Robert Breer, USA

LMNO, Robert Breer, LIAF, London International Animation Festival“Conceivably the best of all of Breer’s films to date.” Jonathan Rosenbaum

1978 10 mins

Our Funding Partners

Arts Council England
With Special Thanks to the Arts Council England

 

Film London, Film Hub London, BFI FAN, National Lottery

Event supported by Film Hub London, managed by Film London. Proud to be a partner of the BFI Film Audience Network, funded by the National Lottery.