9:30 PM - 11:00 PM, Bloch Hall Auditorium
AN UNFOLDING BREATH
Opening and awakening, the journey of an unfolding breath.
Bio: Edward Ramsay-Morin is an Associate Professor in the Department of Art at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas. His work includes experimental animation, video, and sound. His films have been screened at festivals and galleries in over 70 events in 12 countries. He lives in Huntsville, Texas with his wife and daughter, both of whom are his favorite artists.
AMUSEMENT PARK HOME MOVIES INSPIRE THE ALGORITHM
Run time: 6:52
Experimental machine learning, a form of artificial intelligence, generated the sound and images in this video. Typically machine learning algorithms are used for commercial and political objectives and trained on massive datasets from resources such as Facebook, Google, and YouTube. For this project the algorithms trained on short, fuzzy, old home videos of amusement parks.
Bio: Caleb Foss combines a spectrum of old and new media devices with a focus on how their mechanics reflect and impact social and political structures. Drawing from a fascination with amusement park rides and magic tricks, these projects take an imaginative approach to everyday technologies. They are an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the School of Art and Art History at University of Illinois at Chicago and Adjunct Faculty in the College of Computing and Digital Media at DePaul University. Their website is calebfoss.com.
Run time: 12:12
You have probably heard of the phrase "To think outside of the box"? Well this is a film about such a box and the flat-headed creatures that live inside of it. Life in the Box is boring and miserable. Until one day when a new baby boy starts to grown in the middle of the Box! This baby is very different from other flat-headed inhabitants of the Box. He's happy, lively and curious. As the baby grows bigger and bigger, the flat-headed neighbours are becoming more and more annoyed with him. Until one day when he literally grows over their heads…
Bio: Dušan Kastelic was born in a small mining town in central Slovenia. Being a sickly kid he was unable to carry on the family tradition and get a decent job as a miner. So he became a teacher. But he wasn’t smart enough to be a teacher. So he became an animator…
Run time: 5:30
When this corruptible body has assumed its incorruptibility, and this mortal body has clothed itself with immortality (athanasia), then the word that is written will be fulfilled: Death has been engulfed in victory.
Bio: Filmmaker and visual artist Fred L’Epee’s work rejects any classifications. His pieces are marked with freedom as well as rigorous formalism, when encapsulating a careful attention to composition and balance. In a age in which the borders between artistic disciplines becomes more and more blurry, he uses his kaleidoscopic approach to inquire the notions of psyche, death, contemporary mythology and post existentialism.
His films and visual works has been shown in several international film festivals, cinemas, symposiums, juried screenings, numerous solo/group exhibitions. He’s working and living between Switzerland, Greece and France. Founder of Helicon Films with co-producers: Ed Alvarado and Jean-Baptiste Lozac’h. Indie Film Label of Cinematography and Sound design.
THE MAN IN THE BUSHES
Vasilios Papaioannu and Emma Piper-Burket
The distance from the Moon to Earth averages 238,855 miles. Both astronomical bodies are made up of the same elements in different proportions; one supports life, the other does not. A filmmaker follows a man as he searches for clues to understand the father he never knew. Armed with a stack of photographs, a street address and the knowledge that the man's father was an astronaut, the two explore their surrounding environs in order to unravel the mysteries of living on planet earth.
Bio: Emma Piper-Burket is a visual artist, filmmaker, and writer working in fiction, non-fiction, and collected media. Her work is process-based and research driven, incorporating social trends, ancient history, science, politics, ephemera, and the natural world into her creative practice. She was an Ebert Fellow for Film Criticism at the Sundance Film Festival, a resident artist at Marble House Project, and participated in the Oberhausen Seminar and the Middlebury Script Lab. Her films have been exhibited nationally and internationally. Her writing frequently appears in Reverse Shot, and RogerEbert.com. She holds an MFA in Cinema and Digital Media from FAMU in Prague, and a BA in Arabic and Classical Studies from Georgetown University.
Vasilios Papaioannu is a Greek-Italian filmmaker. In his work he merges different genres, unifying variegated media to explore the fleeting dreamscapes of reality with noise, movement, and disturbance. He holds an MA in Communication, Text Semiotics from the University of Siena in Tuscany, Italy and an MFA in Film and Cinematography from Syracuse University in New York. Papaioannu is currently an Assistant Teaching Professor at the Department of Transmedia, Film, in the College of Visual and Performing Arts at Syracuse University.
THE ONLY OPTION
Run time: 8:27
The Only Option is a short animation about a wifi problem on an abandoned island.
Bio: Owen Roberts is an artist and educator based in Brooklyn, New York. He works with language, text, animation and interaction. He teaches at the Borough of Manhattan Community College.
VERY CLOSE TO ME
Run time: 5:56
I’d like to help you feel more comfortable this evening. Do you think you could sit with me for awhile? So much of our interactions with media has a loneliness to it that extends from merely experiential to an intrinsic part of the media itself. Social media and other digital forms let loneliness fester until they become platforms of collective loneliness. Obsolete technology creates a unique feeling of alienation that feeds off our fears of being irrelevant and discarded. Through ASMR (autonomous sensory meridian response) and degradation of anonymous 16mm home videos, the innate loneliness of digital and analog media and the complexities of our relationships with them are explored.
Bio: Heather Mease is a composer, multimedia artist, schemer, community arts organizer, and aggressive consumer of internet media. Mease has a Bachelor’s of Music from Temple University and currently studies Composition and Computer Technologies at the University of Virginia while managing operations at the Bridge Progressive Arts Initiative in Charlottesville. Mease’s work incorporates elements of absurdity, popular/digital culture, and religiosity in commentary on “established” sociopolitical, economic, and aesthetic norms in everyday experience.
Run time: 5:20
Adam de la Cour
A man recalls an unusual encounter in a public toilet with the mysterious individual known as ‘Big Pete’; amidst the low-key surroundings, will he finally find the answer to one of life’s biggest questions?
Bio: Adam de la Cour (b.1979) makes films, writes music and performs in a variety of settings. My work often features elements of absurdity, irreverence, virtuosity, self-sabotage and stupidity, and has its roots in experimental film, video art, genre movies and trash cinema. I also create interactive, musical films involving live performers. My films have screened in festivals in the UK and abroad, including Supernormal, MATA (New York) and The Nihilist Film Festival (Los Angeles). The short film Drumstick was created in collaboration with the British artist Bruce McClean and has screened in venues such as The Whitechapel Gallery, Ikon Birmingham and Württembergischer Kunstverein Stuttgart.
PLEASE STEP OUT OF THE FRAME.
give no credence to the massed account
discredit the aggregate narrative
defame the corporate chronicle
denigrate the collective annals
doubt the constructed copy
- consider the clone.
Bio: Visual artist currently working in Los Angeles.
FACE THE STRANGE
Run time: 10:00
Christian Voldborg Andersen
Face the Strange is a psychologically introspective documentary about the Danish queer filmmaker Knud Vesterskov. As a pioneer of scratch videos in the Danish underground, Knud has used his sexuality to explore different forms of provocations. Through his visually transgressive and formally experimental filmmaking, Knud has tried to break down every conceivable cultural, political and sexual taboo in Danish society. Face the Strange shows how Knud discovered cinema as his ultimate medium to express his provocative views on ethics, aesthetics and sexuality.
Bio: Christian Voldborg Andersen. Born March 3, 1992, in Grenaa, Denmark. Earned his Master of Arts degree in Media Studies and Film and TV at Aarhus University in 2016. Directed and wrote the short films Face the Strange and Night Rider and developed and wrote the TV documentary film Forbryder på pension (“Retired Criminals”). Got his start in the film industry working as a post-production assistant for Nicolas Winding Refn on the film The Neon Demon. Is currently working on a horror short film about the English occultist Aleister Crowley.
Run time: 7:15
Rolling Acres Mall was built on August 6, 1975. At its peak, it contained 140 stores. The mall began its decline in the 1990's and closed in 2011. At one point all the walls were painted in pastels and people referred to it as "The Plastic Palace." It is now a magnet for pollution and negative energy.
Bio: When I was an undergraduate painter in Akron, Ohio, I thought about different ways paint moves on a surface. Since then I have been experimenting with animated painting.
Run time: 4:37
The sunset multiplies through the tourist's lens, capturing a keepsake: here’s the sun for you, and you, and you, there’s enough for all of us. Sunset Song swells between the dissociation of observation and a tender heart.
Bio: Grace Mitchell is a multimedia artist residing in Milwaukee, WI. She is an MFA candidate in the Department of Film, Video, Animation, and New Genres at UWM.
Run time: 4:10
Inspired by the transformations of Ovid's Metamorphoses that linger as explanations for why and how the world is, this piece transposes the notion of transition and transmutation across imagery of hybrid statues and a cleansing of hands with honey- the rejuvenative food of the gods that purportedly grants eternal life.
Bio: Janelle VanderKelen's work plays at the edges of things and explores the psychological impact of reenactment, the linger, and beings that are defiantly borderless, generatively erroneous, and that take up more time or space than they ought. She co-curates aCinema (a non-profit screening series) and teaches at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where she received both her MFA in Film, Video, Animation, and New Genres and her MA in Intermedia Art. Her works have screened at institutions that include the traveling Femme Tour Truck at various cities throughout Spain and Portugal; Anthology Film Archives in New York, NY; Antimatter in Victoria, BC.
THIS IS NOT AN OLIVE TREE
Run time: 6:10
A theoretical exercise can stem from a physical one: using the camara as if it was the vibrating device placed on the olive tree for the harvest of its fruit, the final result is a series of original and intriguing images. The camera shakes, gets in and out of focus, and we don´t exactly know what is happening. At first this is a strange disorientation, but then you get used to it through the cyclical mechanical noise that joins the images. The words of a peaceful female voice allows you to frame the film: a visual exercise after all can also be free.
Bio: In 2015 he graduated in Fine Arts (Sculpture) from the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Porto. In 2012 he was recognized for outstanding academic achievement in the academic with the award of a merit scholarship. In 2013 he was awarded with the Incentive Awards of the University of Porto and with the Acquisition Prize for his work "Amuras" in an exhibition of 2015.
Recently he has finished his Master Degree in Contemporary Art Practices between the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Porto and the Faculty of Fine Arts of the Complutense University of Madrid, within the European Erasmus+ program. For his master’s degree, he developed his main project "WHAT WE DO OF IMPROVISATION, AND WHAT WE DO".
Waves is a collaborative film exploring the ever-changing identities and how we evolve our sense of self through movement, visuals and sound. The film depicts a dialog between three queer or/and women artists who live in different parts of the world.
Bio: Ella Mikkola is a Regina based filmmaker and film student in the MFA program in University of Regina, Canada. Mikkola's award-winning debut film SAARI (2016) was selected to the student program of TIFF's Canada's Top Ten Film Festival in 2017.
Mikkola Holds a BA degree from University of Tampere, School of Communication, Media and Theater.