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NEW SHORTS: Experiments: Leftfield and Luscious
Sun 10 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. Includes work by Stuart Pound, Tony Grisoni, Tony Hill, and Peter Millard, and watch up for performances by Edward Hogg and Anamaria Marinca.
Film running order:
THE SPLIT Ed Rigg 15 mins
BOOTSTRAPPED Tony Grisoni 6 mins
SARAH_RALPH_FILM007 Ralph Pritchard & Sarah Hill 2 mins
WHEN NOTHING NEVER HAPPENS Leona Kadijevic 4 mins
FRAGMENTS OF A LETTER TO A CHILD UNBORN Maryam Tafakory 5 mins
SARAH_RALPH_FILM003 Ralph Pritchard & Sarah Hill 3 mins
HISTÒRIA D’UN OBJECTE Carlota Castells Puig 10 mins
NATURE’S SWITCH Caroline Ward and Erinma Ochu 11 mins
BÉTON BRUT Timothy Smith 5 mins
PAGODA Stuart Pound 2 mins
SPIN Tony Hill 3 mins
UNHAPPY HAPPY Peter Millard 7 mins
ACQUIESCE Thomas Cuthbertson & Ross Oliver 3 mins
TEA WITH A STRAW Noriko Ishibe 2 mins
FEEDBACK Heidi Stokes 3 mins
THE BETRAYAL Susan Young 5 mins
WE BELIEVE IN TECHNOLOGY Sim Hutchins 5 mins
KENSHO Aaron Paradox 4 mins
FORCING TASTES Nisha Duggal 7 mins
Thomas Cuthbertson & Ross Oliver 3 mins
A lonely cosmonaut falls to Earth after a long space mission, to find all that remains on Earth is a white-hot barren landscape diminished by light. Tearing off the space capsule door, the cosmonaut traverses the lifeless terrain under the cover of shade . Another lifeform appears on the horizon, and suspecting danger the cosmonaut ventures away from it. Before long, the cosmonaut's efforts to evade danger are laid to rest in the arms of a tall, dark unknown being.
Timothy Smith 5 mins
A study of raw concrete – brutal and beautiful.
Tony Grisoni 6 mins
Interior. Night. An empty gallery: A woman sits alone at a desk. She is very still. Tony Grisoni's paradoxical loop, "BOOTSTRAPPED" featuring Anamaria Marinca, turns a gallery into a film-set where cinematic convention swallows its own tale.
Heidi Stokes 3 mins
This piece looks at how the digital age has set a president for the way in which we judge others, and not always in the way we would like.
Nisha Duggal 7 mins
Forcing Tastes reimagines the work and words of William Morris for the digital age. An historic lecture on everyday craft is reformed as a folk song, presented against a backdrop of gallery exhibits, animated props and digital noise. Applying his historic sensibility to our own times we celebrate egalitarianism, the poetry of crowds and creativity in the tools of today.
FRAGMENTS OF A LETTER TO A CHILD UNBORN
Maryam Tafakory 5 mins
Using gesture and textual fragments, unknown guilt, fear and the strangeness of singular becoming plural are retold as a voiceless, anonymous narrative. Text becomes the body for a hand in an umbilical dilemma, portraying the thoughts of a young woman going through an emotional trauma, facing the taboo of abortion in Islamic society.
HISTÒRIA D'UN OBJECTE
Carlota Castells Puig 10 mins
Història d'un Objecte is the story of an object, a story about subjectivity and introspection of people. The film portrays the conflict between two friends after the disappearance of an object. Given the premise that an object is dependent on the subject that perceives it, the story reveals two versions of the story of one object according to two different subjects - two friends.
Aaron Paradox 4 mins
Kenshō is a short film about dreaming hero. One day he wakes up and sees the Dreamer himself. Is he? Time freezes and we are seeing things as they are. Are we? Narrated by British-born American philosopher Alan Watts.
Caroline Ward & Erinma Ochu 11 mins
A film poem searching for and illuminating everyday moments in the life of plants triggered by light and inspired by Daniel Chamovitz’s book, ‘ What a plant knows’. From dusk to dawn across a city, an allotment, a field, a plant laboratory, an LED farm exploring the boundaries between nature and industry and questioning our influence.
Stuart Pound 2 mins
The Pagoda in London’s Kew Gardens is rarely open to the public. It was open for a short time last year and I took the opportunity to climb all 253 wooden steps having first done so 60 years before.
Ralph Pritchard & Sarah Hill 3 mins
Based on a selection of short Emily Dickinson poems, Sarah_Ralph_Film003 views the outside world via numerous vantage points of a house, expressing a sense of isolation and detachment. Dickinson compares the 'material place' of a house to the mental spaces of the human mind and suggests that both are vulnerable to a possession of unwelcome spirits/thoughts.
Ralph Pritchard & Sarah Hill 2 mins
This short documentary meditates on the last remaining farmer from a once thriving agricultural hillside in Yorkshire. With none of his three children wanting to take over the business, Carson Lee ruminates on his commitment to his working life during difficult times and the fast changing landscape around him. A film about my father.
Tony Hill 3 mins
A short spinning world of portraits and other things.
TEA WITH A STRAW
Noriko Ishibe 2 mins
A man is served English tea with a straw. Drinking tea with straw is a strange habit in England. However, he believes that it is correct, and this one-sided belief brings confusion to his speech and his thoughts.
Susan Young 5 mins
A traumatised woman trusts her psychiatrist, but becomes imprisoned in his prescriptive regime of psychological manipulation. Fragments of medical records interwoven with pulsing pills form a disorienting montage depicting the enmeshed relationship between patient and doctor. At its dark heart, The Betrayal is a twisted, deadly love affair.
Ed Rigg 15 mins
Fate? Quantum mechanics? Mick doesn’t believe in all that. But a foul-weather encounter with an esteemed professor is about to set him on a path which will make him wish he did. As the rain pours down, Mick comes across a young woman in the middle of a storm. As he discovers, even actions with the best intentions have reactions..
Peter Millard 7 mins
I get up and have breakfast. Don't get old. I'm so Unhappy Happy.
WE BELIEVE IN TECHNOLOGY
Sim Hutchins 5 mins
Written ultimately as a critique of the notion that computers would transform our lives, Huwbert Dreyfus's book “On The Internet” presents fourth the philosophical argument that the Utopian dreams of early computing are incompatible with our nature. We Believe In Technology seeks to subvert those arguments, and presents them in the form akin to a recruitment video for an ancient computer cult.
WHEN NOTHING NEVER HAPPENS
Leona Kadijevic 4 mins
They say that neurotic behavior is typically within socially acceptable limits, so how do you solve the puzzles in your head while being ''normal''? This film, using a rather abstract and nonlinear narrative form, explores borders, while also taking shape and characteristics of a scattered mind that is experiencing perhaps its first symptoms of the dissociative identity disorder.