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NEW SHORTS: Leftfield & Luscious
Sun 11 Jan 16:00 ICA CINEMA 1
Our popular Sunday matinee screening of the best in new experimental shorts, from stunning animations to groundbreaking artists work, including new films from Ruth Paxton, Max Hattler, Toby Tatum, Kate Jessop, Michael Salkeld, Johanna Schmeer, and Peter Millard. Watch out for Edward Hogg in the directorial debut of soundtrack composer and musician David Holmes, I AM HERE.
A VERY LARGE INCREASE IN THE SIZE, AMOUNT, OR IMPORTANCE OF SOMETHING OVER A VERY SHORT PERIOD OF TIME
Max Hattler 2 mins
A Very Large Increase in the Size, Amount, or Importance of Something Over a Very Short Period of Time attempts to merge sound and image into audiovisual oneness. Taking inspiration from early 20th century visual music experiments, this short piece employs digital animation and sound micro-editing to embody an ever-changing audiovisual creature which expresses itself through abstract shapes, sounds, movements and melodies.
AUDIO VISUAL POISON
Michael Salkeld 3 mins
Made in Full 2.39:1 Cinemascope with full surround sound to place the audiences at the centre of the orchestration composed my the director,The experimental abstract visuals interpret the complexity of the score.
BETWEEN MY FINGERS
Ka Wah Liu 3 mins
Motion painting examining flow of transformation of finite nature and dream memories in the material world.
BIOPLASTIC FANTASTIC - BETWEEN PRODUCTS AND ORGANISMS
Johanna Schmeer 4 mins
Halfway between products and organisms, seven “biological devices” produce all food and energy needed for humans to survive simply by being exposed to light. With the help of artificial photosynthesis they extract water from air, and produce vitamins, fibre, sugar, fat, protein, and minerals through biological processes.
Yoav Segal 5 mins
With unique access to the recordings of Ted Hughes reading what he considered his career masterpiece, this film tells the visceral story of CROW, the lead character from this seminal cycle of poems - a dark reworking of the Genesis story.
Peter Millard 2 mins
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Dan Brackenbury 6 mins
Hakka is a meandering, cognitive journey through various detached landscapes within Hong Kong. A personal reflection on how it feels to live within the city, the film explores the city’s inherent divisions and the isolation felt by many of its inhabitants.
I AM HERE
David Holmes 16 mins
Dealing with themes of loss and reconnection, I AM HERE follows Michael, who wakes to find himself stranded in a strange new world. As he struggles through its unfamiliar terrain, a landscape that at first seemed threatening begins to offer up unexpected glimpses of the familiar. Tuning into memories of his childhood and family, Michael begins to realize this strange world might lead him somewhere close to home.
IF BRITAIN WERE SYMMETRICAL
Kate Jessop 2 mins
A playful abstraction of stop motion and found footage juxtaposed with the visual language of symmetry in traditional Islamic pattern. Working within digital narrative, the piece explores the re-appropriation of British symbolism within an Eastern context. Created and showcased at Halka Artist Residency and Contemporary Art Istanbul 2014.
IN REAL LIFE
Claire Kurylowski 9 mins
Journeying through In Real Life’s otherworldly hued, colour shifting scenes, the film probes the themes of agency, a culture of sublimated violence and powerlessness in its topical social inquiry. A sense of precarity reigns when the protagonist (played by Arvida Byström) stumbles upon a YouTube instructional video featuring a woman breaking free of zip ties restraining her wrists.
Toby Tatum 3 mins
Monsters was conceived as time-travel exercise, simultaneously revisiting the distant era of the dinosaurs and the more recent world of the Victorians. The Victorians built the railways and in doing so discovered fossils that challenged and contradicted Biblical accounts of Creation. These discoveries gripped and unsettled the Victorian imagination. The looming, anatomically incorrect statues that feature in this film stand in London's Crystal Palace Park and represent the Victorians' first attempts at imagining the prehistoric.
ONCE CANADA SQUARE
Simon Ball & Zai Tang 5 mins
Once Canada Square takes London's financial heartland as a starting point for a surreal architectural visualisation. The film-makers used photography and field recordings distorted through digital software and their own collaborative exchange to turn the material into a seductive, graphic animation that utilises the nature of movement to explore notions of progress and development.
PROEM (TO BROOKLYN BRIDGE)
Suzie Hanna 3 mins
American poet Hart Crane's introduction to his epic work 'The Bridge' read by Tennessee Williams, forms the base of a dramatic soundscape for an iconic hand-stencilled animation set in 1920s Brooklyn. The film design is underpinned by close study of Hart Crane’s own creative process, his ‘logic of metaphor’ and the work of New York artists in his coterie.
Ruth Paxton 15 mins
PULSE is a noir-like, expressionistic short about peril, rescue and the basic human need to connect. PULSE follows two strangers who share a brief, yet profound exchange that evokes sympathy, understanding, recognition and hope. Within our busy lives, within our cosmopolitan cities with their mix of cultures, humanity still connects.
THE SECRET WORLD OF FOLEY
Daniel Jewel 14 mins
The Secret World of Foley', takes us on a journey into the little known world of Foley Artists, who bring films to life by adding sound effects in post-production. We follow a multi-award winning two person team of Foley Artists and watch as they work together to bring to life a film about one morning in the life of a fishing village on the English coast.