S.C.A.N. – Searching Alternative Nature
Dénes Ruzsa and Fruzsina Spitzer, 6’43’’, Hungary, 2015.
Dénes Ruzsa and Fruzsina Spitzer working together since 2006. They have been making short films and documentaries. Their films have screened at over two hundred film festivals and exhibitions worldwide, amongst others, in Germany, Austria, Croatia, Italy, Greece, UK, France, Russia, Canada and USA. From 2007 they have been making films commissioned by artists, museums and art galleries. They also work as a photographer for books, catalogues and art magazines.
short films: http://dokuweb.hu/en/category/rovidfilmek/
Synopsis> With the invention of the telescope and the further development of the technology we got more and more detailed picture of the world around us. We learned more and more about the stars, birth of stars and the star death. Stars provide the essential light for life. We discovered that almost every chemical element in our body was formed inside the stars. The formation of our solar system is also caused by previously lived stars. Our galaxy formation is the result of a supernova shock wave. Our existence is a natural consequence of the existence of the stars, so we can suppose the idea that in our distant galaxies our distant relatives lives.
Camera-less animation each frame was made or reproduced with a flatbed scanner.
Filmgruppe Chaos, 4’34’’, Germany, 2016.
Filmgruppe Chaos was founded in 1975 as a collective of Super-8 filmmakers. We have produced numerous short experimental- and animationfilms as well as documentaries and featurefilms. Two featurefilms have been released as 16mm prints. We have started to publish a collection of DVDs which shall contain all our works.
We support the idea of a true underground and independent filmmaking. Spreading information, lending out equipment, offering workshops and organizing small filmscreenings and bigger events as well as setting up filmfestivals have always been part of our activities. Our work often is connected with music and collaboation with musicians and DJs. Filmgruppe Chaos did projections for live gigs, dance events and big open-air festivals. Lately we toured East Europe and China.
Synopsis> Workers. Part of the machinery. Working class heroes. Victims of exploitition, deprived of their rights.
Guli Silberstein, 4’02’’, United Kingdom, 2015.
Guli Silberstein is a filmmaker and video editor based in London UK since 2010. He was born in Israel (1969), and studied film and media arts in Tel Aviv and New York. Since 2003, he continuously creates work which is shown and wins awards in festivals and art venues in the UK and worldwide, such as London Short Film Festival, Alchemy Moving Image Festival Scotland, The Nunnery Gallery London, Transmediale Berlin, Go Short the Netherlands, Jihlava Documentary Film Festival Czech Republic, Un festival c’est trop court Nice France, the National Centre of Contemporary Art Moscow, and many more.
Synopsis> A symbiosis of human and nature forms, by direct manipulation of video code, purposely damaging it in ‘glitch’ process, creating rich explosions of colour and form. The images, a little girl in a flower field, Earth from space and bits of satellites, become vibrant substance in which the girl submerges.
“The machinic phylum is materiality, natural or artificial, both simultaneously; it is matter in movement, in flux, in variation”.
Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari, “A Thousand Plateaus”.
Emily Shapiro, 3’50’’, USA, 2016
Emily Shapiro is a multimedia filmmaker, based in Boston. In her work, she experiments with physical materials to explore themes of isolated environments and relationships. She enjoys collaborating with others, and drinking tea.
Synopsis> A material and spatial exploration of the immediate relationship between a mother and newborn.
The Stream 6
Hiroya Sakurai, 6’52’’, Japan, 2015.
Hiroya Sakurai, 1958 Born in Yokohama. 1985 Graduated from University of Tsukuba. 2012 Professor : Seian University of Art and Design
Synopsis> This work is a ballet using the sound and the movement of the algae and water. With the waterway as the theater, I filmed the choreography of the algae that flows in the water.I shot this with a waterproof camera on a slider dolly . Using this device I created a simulated experience of walking through the waterway for the viewer.
In the man-made waterways of rice paddies, the water in nature must follow artificial rules. In that way, nature is made abstract, giving rise to a new form of beauty distinct from the natural state. The theme of this work is the liveliness of the water as it follows the man-made course.
Chieh-Li, Jelly Wei, 4’31’’, USA, 2016.
Jelly Wei is a visual artist and motion graphics designer born and educated in Taiwan, based in New York City. She received her MFA in Computer Art with a concentration in Motion Graphics from The School of Visual Arts in New York in 2016. She has great talent in visual design and illustration. Wei’s art works seamlessly blend the sense of graphic and vivid color with her engaging visual language.
Synopsis> “Relationships are like windows, sometimes they open, sometimes they close, and other times they even break into pieces.”
“WINDOW” is a hand-drawn 2.5 D narrative animation video that explores this theme and reminds people that when looking through windows they not only see what’s outside them but also their own reflections. Perhaps this experience can help people think more deeply about relationships and how important it is to take care of them.
Natasha Cantwell, 4’57’’, Australia, 2016.
Natasha Cantwell is a New Zealand filmmaker and photographer, currently based in Melbourne, Australia. Having studied both fine art and commercial photography at the Auckland University of Technology, her work often occupies the grey area between art and popular culture. Beginning her career as a fashion photographer and moving into filmmaking in 2012, she currently works across music video, fashion and art projects. Her analogue-based works explore the uncanny and absurd within everyday life and have been exhibited across Australia, the UK, Europe and North America. In 2016 Cantwell founded the Auckland Underground Film Festival and will be undertaking an artist residency at Paradise Air, Matsudo, Japan in October.
Synopsis> ‘Cove’ was filmed in the cul-de-sac where I have lived for the past year. With a lounge window that looks directly into the next-door apartments’ kitchens, I find myself creating imaginary bonds with my neighbours and am unsure how to act when I see them on the street. This experimental film looks into the social awkwardness of connections that are devoid of interaction.
XdubX (parallel reality)
David Ellis, 4’25’’, USA, 2016.
DAVID ELLIS is an accomplished international film-maker and photographer who has been exploring alternative image capture for the last 15 years. His current experimental work explores alternative and analog techniques such as super8 film, use of expired film stock, pinhole still and video photography, Polaroid and self-fabricated hybrid cameras, vintage box cameras and experimental cell phone video. Self taught as a film maker and photographer, his films screen internationally and he has been the recipient of various grants and awards including the Indie Fest Award of Merit, La Jolla, CA; the National Endowment for the Arts; University of Texas Hogg Foundation; the State of New Mexico AIPP; and the City of Austin, TX. He has exhibited extensively, and his work is held in many public, private, corporate and notable museum collections, including the Getty Collection, Los Angeles, the City of Austin, TX, the State of New Mexico, the National Museum of Fine Arts in Mexico City, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Patzcuaro, Mexico and he was selected for induction to the Smithsonian Institution Archives of American Artists, Washington DC. He also attended the University of Mexico San Carlos National Academy of Fine Arts (UNAM) and the Art Institute of Boston, and was especially influenced early on as an assistant to notable fashion designer Charles James in the Chelsea Hotel, NYC while working on James’ Sound of Shape and Design Project. He has taught photography at Rhode Island School of Design, lectured and conducted workshops at numerous locations including Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill on Cape Cod, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, AS220 Providence RI, and the Cambridge Art Association, Cambridge, MA. In 2014, he was awarded a three month international residency for film making at Hangar Centre de Producció, Barcelona, Spain.
Synopsis> Sourced from HD video shot in 8mm mode in Lyon,France and loaded with effects, XdubX is created in the same spirit as early 20th century avant-garde cinema. Things heat up when X “factors” itself as parallel realities collide in this steamy quirky noir nod to x-rated entertainment. Audio mix is by Scsi-9 (Russian DJ/electronic artists Anton Kubikov & Maxim Milyutenko) from FUSELab album Re-Fragment.
Sanja Andjelkovic, 6’02’’, Serbia, 2016.
Sanja Andjelkovic, born in Novi Sad in 1991. Grew up in the ’90s in Serbia in an inflation period, in a tiny house in a small neighborhood. Since a very young age showed interest in getting knowledge from all sorts of fields of science, arts and humanities sector. Getting introduced to a disposable camera in Ljubljana in 2011. Currently working on combining cancer cells and music.
-University of Novi Sad, Academy of Fine Arts, New Media Arts started 2015
Synopsis> Video work 09.12.1990. presents a video work where its focus takes a certain day of the wedding to coincide with the elections in 1990. Examines the way in which it is and whether it is marked as a day in general, defines the character of one day, which depends on the angle of observation of social functions and forms. Indicates the actuality of two different but at the same time, a very closely intertwined social constructs, as well as the similarity between the mechanisms of selection of marriage and political government. Form of speech determines the form (rhythm) of the visual material. Personal history is taken against the official history and documented as one day.
What They Believe
Shoko Hara, 10’20’’, Germany, 2016.
Shoko Hara was Born on June 28, 1988, in Okayama / Japan. She moved with her family to Germany at Lake of Constance when she was 10 years old. Directly after the graduation from high school she completed two internships in Photo-Design and Advertising Media. Then she obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Media Design at the Baden-Wuerttemberg Cooperative State University Ravensburg. With her graduation film „Abita“ she received nominations and awards. (e.g. Mr.I Development of Rising Artists Award, Okayama, Japan, Grand Prize.)
Additionally she is teaching Motion Graphics at the at the Baden-Wuerttemberg Cooperative State University Ravensburg and works as Motion Design and Animation Freelancer since 2015.
With her emphasis on analogue and experimental works, Shoko Hara studied Motion Design at the Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg from 2012-2016.
Synopsis> Glad tidings about a device that will turn a life around for good – Three treasure hunters follow the cross – A father and a son share the secrets of everlasting joy – On the other hand, a crippled child can only find serenity inside his model railway. A miracle healer shall finally bring him salvation…
Little by little, odd human beings and an odd world will be made manifest. Always with them is a laughing kookaburra, suggesting what may be the only solution to this madness: Laughing lightheartedly.
The events portrayed in this movie are a collage of actual occurrences. These anecdotes of ambiguous love and truth have been collected in preoccupation with evangelical Christians.
Ring of Fire
Oliver Smith,5’, USA, 2016.
Oliver Smith was born in Savannah, Georgia. He graduated from the Ringling School of Art as a graphic design major. After a number of years of in that field, he left to earn an MFA at Georgia State University.Since 1999, he has produced work that includes painting, printmaking, video and sound art.
Synopsis> Ring of Fire was created using found footage of an Eastern European military training film. It was reworked using a variety of direct film methods. Included are scratching, bleaching and painting on the film’s surface. The original was reedited, digitally modified and otherwise changed into a different film that speaks to the insanity of war. A soundtrack of abstract sounds was added to enhance the visual impact of this altered film.
Sunrise on the Total Chaos
Craig Norris, 5’11’’, Canada, 2016.
Craig Norris is an award winning documentary filmmaker and photographer and owner of VideoBand Productions. His projects primarily focus on issues that relate to the environment, conservation and climate change. Aesthetically Norris’ work, both film and photography, is very much inspired by post 1960’s Magnum and National Geographic photographers like Steve McCurry, Larry Towell, Thomas Abercrombie, William Albert Allard and David Allan Harvey.
Norris’ photo career started in 2006 and since then his work has been featured world-wide in a variety newspapers, magazines and websites, including National Geographic.com. To date his photography has been featured in six solo shows and two group exhibits, including a show at the Royal Ontario Museum in Ontario. In November of 2011, Craig made the leap from documentary photographer to documentary filmmaker.
Synopsis> An experimental short that surrealistically transports viewers to the deck of the Total Chaos, a lobster fishing vessel on the magnificent Bay of Fundy at sunrise.
Juliane Jaschnow, Stefanie Schroeder, 13’13’’, Germany, 2016.
Juliane Jaschnow, studies in photography at the HGB Academy of Visual Arts in Leipzig. Bachelor’s degree in communication and media sciences from Leipzig University. DAAD scholarship to study at the Lomonosov Moscow State University in the field of journalism/photojournalism. Studies at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna with Thomas Heise. Professional Media Master Class of werkleitz Society. Practical training at photopraphy agency OSTKREUZ. Assistant in the editorial department „Current affairs“ – Middle German Broadcasting Corporation “MDR”. Voluntary service at Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film
Stefanie Schroeder, studies in art education, art history, communication science, University of Greifswald. Organisation of WBS70, independent culture centre, Greifswald. Guest student in media art, HFG Karlsruhe. Exchange student at Villa Arson, Nice. Studies in photography, class of Joachim Brohm, academy of visual arts, HGB Leipzig. Professional Media Master Class, Werkleitz Gesellschaft Halle.
Synopsis> In West Germany, ,,Dark Germany” was a derisive term for reactionary regions of the country. Today its mostly applied to East Germany with its attempts to change its image: Factories and Chimneys are disappearing, wellness centers are popping up, sheep are grazing under solar panels. But recent past is stored close to the new surface. On a ghost train ride through the former GDR- industrial region around Halle/Bitterfeld, the Dunkeldeutschland-born filmmakers stumbling subjective camera is trying to find the right distance. Starting point of the Journey is the former ORWO film factory, where people used to work in complete darkness.
Toby Wulff, 10’, Germany, 2016.
Toby Wulff studied at the International Kaskeline Filmakademie, Berlin, which included master classes from Prof. Wolf-Dieter Panse, Kurt Bobek and Christian Almesberger (Enemy at the Gates, Aeon Flux, Das Parfüm).
In 2000 together with his brother Jan-Markus Wulff he founded the production company AVINTH FILM.
In 2002, he received his first major commission for a documentary about the biggest international music festival in Central Asia, Mongolia “Roaring Hooves”. Since then he has completed a further five documentaries about Mongolia and several international productions followed. The most celebrated of these films being “From a Blue Sky” (OT: Vom Blauen Himmel), which has been acclaimed in several internationally reviews and received a number of awards.
From 2011 Toby Wulff began working as live-visual-artist for several international stage productions. The production ‘Spirits Play’ (director: Lee Swee Keong) and produced by the Goethe Institute of Malaysia, has been a Germany, Japan, Singapore, Indonesia and Malaysia collaboration, which took place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in 2013.
In addition to documentaries for TV and cinema, Toby Wulff has focused on music videos and commercials and currently lives and works as a filmmaker, director and video artist in Berlin.
Synopsis> In the first part up to min. 4.00 it seems to be a dance performance video, but as longer the watcher is following the dancers performance he is realizing that things are not normal. The watcher is getting more and more part of it and start diving with the dancer into the light and dark spheres of several dream worlds.
The visual and acoustic compositions as well as the performance of the dancer Ichi Go in AX.APE are created out of the moment. X is the symbol for interchangeability and obscurity. APE stands for the elemental force, which is is also a symbol for the strength to move between different (dream) worlds.