2016 Festival

27 posts

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Greg Penn, Killing moment

Penn about Killing Moment:
“I have explored all manner of techniques in awareness and methods of disrupting the cross talk in the brain between thought and perception.
We naturally seek out repetition and rhythm. I use repetition and rhythm to draw the viewer closer to a sense of surrender. “

Greg Penn was born London, UK, lives in Melbourne. Awarded Linden Postcard, Linden Centre of Contemporary Arts, Awarded Friends of VCA consecutive years. Awarded ‘Most innovative, Best Interpreted’ artwork ‘MUDfest’, Melbourne. Work exhibited Internationally at Focal Point Gallery, UK. Centre for Photography Woodstock, New York. Work held for one year MCA – Chicago, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. Graduate MFA, Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne. Film and Photography graduate, University of Wales, UK.

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Sébastien Wolf & Ian Ritterskamp, Arts + Crafts Spectacular #3

Arts + Crafts Spectacular #3 depicts the shooting of Andy Warhol back in 1968 and his ensuing nightmares. Layers of reality and fiction become intertwined as they climax in a TV episode in Valerie Solana’s’ prison cell. The film builds on artists’ myths, as they themselves become subject to popular culture.

Wolf and Ritterskamp studied fine arts at Kunstakademie Düsseldorf in Germany. They both live and work in Berlin.

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Susan MacWilliam, Aldous’s Eyes

Glass eyeballs rattle, rotate, slide and multiply. In 1942 Aldous Huxley wrote ‘The Art of Seeing’ in which he discussed the Bates Method of improving eyesight. Reflecting on Huxley’s narrative explorations Aldous’s Eyes is a visual exploration of perceptual phenomena. Glass eyeballs from the History of Medicines Collection, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Duke University, Durham, NC.

Susan MacWilliam represented Northern Ireland at the 2009 Venice Biennale. Susan is a lecturer in Fine Art at the National College of Art and Design, Dublin. Her video works are held in the British Library Sound Archive. Aldous’s Eyes is a visual exploration of perceptual phenomena.

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Leyla Rodriguez, The Separation Loop

Rodriguez interventions in the public space through temporary textile installations, objects and videos have been exhibited in numerous galleries and shown at film festivals worldwide. She was born in Buenos Aires and currently lives and works in Hamburg/ Germany. Recent exhibitions include MuVIM Museu Valencià de la II-lustració i la Modernitat, Valencia Spain (2015), Peruvian & Nord American Cultural Institue of Cusco, Peru(2014), Takis Katsoulidis Engraving Museum, Messini Greece (2013), Kunstverein Rostock, Rostock Germany (2013), The State Hermitage Museum St Petersburg Russia (2012), The Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena USA (2012), Tromso Kunstforening, Tromso Norway (2011) and the Hirshhorn Museum, Washington D.C. USA (2011). She was the recepient of The Kraft New Media Prize in 2011.

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Ja’Tovia M. Gary, An Ecstatic Experience

An Ecstatic Experience is an invocation and a meditation on transcendence as a means of restoration and resistance.

Ja’Tovia Gary is a Brooklyn-based artist and filmmaker. She earned her MFA in Filmmaking from New York’s School of Visual Arts. Her work has screened at festivals worldwide including Frameline, Atlanta Film Festival, Toronto Inside Out and Ann Arbor Film Festival. Gary is a founding member of the New Negress Film Society, a collective who prioritizes creating exhibition spaces for Black women filmmakers. She is a Sundance Institute fellow and a Jerome Foundation grant recipient.

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Johan Bergström Hyldahl, Winterreise

Winterreise chronicles the tale of the lowland gorilla Katharina Wisnierska and her life in Bavaria, Germany. At an early age, around the time when the Moon suddenly and mysteriously disappears from its orbit around the Earth, Katharina develops an interest in flying, and after flying planes and parachutes becomes a competitive paraglider.

Johan Bergström Hyldahl holds an MFA from the Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm, and has been represented by Cecilia Hillström since his BFA exhibition in 2011. He has also studied at Hunter College, New York (MFA), and holds an MSc from Stockholm School of Economics.

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John Antonio Castro, FUNTASTIC MOVIE(S)

FUNTASTIC MOVIE(S) · “A psychotronic adventure in two evil acts” treats to explore (and celebrate) some of the common features of fantastic cinema (fabulous monsters, futuristic technology,…), with special interest in those fiction movies of psychotronic nature, through the crazy mixture of appropriation material and original footage.

Juan Antonio Castro is a Spanish experimental filmmaker who lives and works in Madrid. Although he has made some fiction works, he prefers explore the boundaries of the film medium and the possibilities of the abstract language. He has made some video poetry’s pieces, but from 2006 he works mostly with appropriation material that sometimes he mixes with original footage.

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Fredrik Andesson, Watch Alice Bleed

Fredrik Andersson was educated in animation at Konstfack University College of Arts, Crafts and Design in Eksjö, Sweden. He has been a member of the association Eksjö Animation since 2006. His short stop motion films have been shown at numerous festivals. He makes visually complex animated films with clear narrative structures. His subjects predominantly deal with the psychological dimension of the human existence and reflections on issues of violence. His fascination lies within the darker aspects of life.

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Joanna Priestley, Bottle Neck

A luminous crush of still life silhouettes, abstract shapes and interlocking patterns, Bottle Neck puts the commonplace objects of a classical painting genre in a modern setting.

Priestley has produced, directed and animated 27 films. Retrospectives of Priestley’s films have been held at the Museum of Modern Art (New York, NY), REDCAT (Los Angeles, CA), Hiroshima Animation Festival (Japan), American Cinematheque (Los Angeles), Jenju International Film Festival (Korea), Masters of Animation Festival (Trivandrum, India), Stuttgart Animation Festival (Germany) and the Center for Contemporary Art (Warsaw, Poland). Priestley graduated with a Masters in Film and Video from California Institute of the Arts.

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Johan Wik, Sever Ninjas

In his video work Seven Ninjas Wik uses completely analog special effects inspired by Japanese Kuroko 黒子. In collaboration with seven dancers he has developed a choreography of violence in which a group of young female characters, each armed with a samurai sword, machetes, guns and hammers, chop one another’s heads and arms off. Their bodies and body parts fly through the air in a faked slow motion, supported by black-clad ninjas against a black background as in a puppet theater.

Johan Wik holds an MFA from the Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm. His previous works have been shown at both Fotografiska Museet and Moderna Museet in Stockholm.