DESKTOP DRAMA, Dir. Myles Painter
New Shorts

EXPERIMENTS: Leftfield & Luscious

13:00 Sun 13 Jan 2019

ICA

Our annual showcase of short film at its most experimental. Manipulations and montage transport us through MRI scans, Craigslist ads and spam inboxes, with soundscapes built from the churnings of satellites, dipping into Swedish arachnid magic and Ghanaian folklore. We see the return of filmmakers Andrew Kötting and Guli Silberstein, new talent from further afar in Marnie Ellen Hertzler and Canadian filmmaker Guy Maddin paying homage to Hitchcock’s Rear Window. 96’

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The Mall, St James's
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  • THEIR RANCID WORDS STAGNATE OUR PONDS

    Andrew Kötting 9 mins (UK, 2018)

    In a hinterland within the 'elsewhere', a lone character meanders in search of meaning and understanding.
  • IMPRESSURE

    Guli Silberstein 5 mins (UK, 2017)

    Family trips in British landscape, captured in video code, explode and diffuse on screen, creating smears of vibrant colours and merging moving forms
  • M A N U F A C T U R E D CO N V E R S A T I O N

    Michael Salkeld 5 mins (UK, 2017)

    Abstract images of caves flash on screen set to a spooky violin score.
  • TSE/M

    Sophie Thompson 4 mins (UK, 2018)

    An experimental audio-visual film loosely based on the artists own MRI brain scans.
  • THEY ARRIVE

    Rahim Moledina 1 mins (UK, 2018)

    Experimental footage and sound creating a eerie sci-fi atmosphere.
  • KOBBWEBJAR

    Nick Jordan 5 mins (UK, 2018)

    A figure conjures a remedy from jars of spider webs and beeswax, while studying the pages of Micrographia (Robert Hook, 1665); the first book to illustrate insects and plants as observed through the lens of a microscope.
  • ASTROTURF

    James Uren 1 mins (UK, 2017)

    The strange sounds used in the film are recordings made in space by satellites.
  • A SINGLE BRACELET DOES NOT JINGLE

    Anita Safowaa 3 mins (UK, 2018)

    Taking inspiration from the West African Akan symbol ‘Funtumfunafu’, which represents unity, A Single Bracelet Does Not Jingle explores the co-existence of two cultures within one identity.
  • WEST RUNTON 06

    Rahim Moledina 1 mins (UK, 2018)

    An experimental holiday scrap book.
  • DESKTOP DRAMA

    Myles Painter 10 mins (UK, 2016)

    A choreographed performance of studio objects, facsimiles of web pages and videos that have been captured throughout the research process in various museums and libraries present themselves on screen as though clumsily rebuilt from a once cohesive narrative.
  • #EATPRETTY

    Rebecca Culverhouse 4 mins (UK, 2018)

    An experimental horror short that explores the link between social media, isolation and eating disorders.
  • MISTRAL

    Tom Lock Griffiths 14 mins (UK, 2018)

    Mistral weaves between dreams and recollections, as the wind rages and takes the characters close to madness.
  • L’HISTOIRE PEUT MOURIR SUR UN BALCON À FLEURS

    Matt Smith, Kate Papi 8 mins (UK, 2018)

    Set in a 13th-century aristocratic townhouse, L’Histoire Peut Mourir Sur Un Balcon À Fleurs explores the human traces left on a building when it is no longer in use.
  • OFFSET

    Anne Verheij 5 mins (UK, 2018)

    There is no guidebook on how to survive the agonising hurricane of pain when you find your most intimate self betrayed.
  • HI I NEED TO BE LOVED

    Marnie Ellen Hertzler 11 mins (US, 2018)

    A collection of actors assembled via Craigslist search for the human voice inside the dialogue of nonsensical and malicious spam emails.
  • ACCIDENCE

    Guy Maddin, Galen Johnson, Evan Johnson 10 mins (Canada, 2018)

    A ten story wall of solid twitching muscle.

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