Karl Marx Allee 133
February 14, 10PM
curated by Kim Collmer
from the Forming Motion series
still from Who I Am And What
I Want, Shrigley/ Shepard 2006
Locate - It is all about location-
locations which give us comfort or discomfort, allow us to imagine,
laugh, squirm- locations that transport us or bring us quickly,
and sometimes harshly, back to reality. This selection of animations
from around the globe all touch somehow on the animator's place
within the world.
Nyholm, Sweden, The Tale of Little Puppetboy, 4:20,
stop motion, 2005
Chapter 1: A lady visitor. Puppetboy is a little guy who tries to
cope with everyday cares - it could be a malfunctioning vacuum cleaner
or VCR, or more serious concerns like relations to the opposite
sex. It is a combination of slapstick humour and existentialist
Johannes Nyholm is a Swedish artist, animator, and filmmaker. His
work has been presented in film and video festivals, and art exhibitions
throughout Europe. Including: VideoLounge Roda Sten Gothenburg 2006,
Anifest Prague 2006, Space 301 Mobile, "Daydream Nation"
The Tank, NY 2006, Animafest Zagreb 2006, Gescheidle Gallery Chicago,
Villoresi and Vivì Ponti, Italy, Fridgedaire,
5:41, cut-out, 2005
Frigidaire is a stop motion animation about the birth, transformation,
death and resurrection of a young girl. A hand takes her through
a mad trip inside the house "Frigidaire". We took images
from old magazines from the 40's-60's and from our reasearch of
old books. The video is made with the collage technic and the sound
is made by cuttings of old film. This is our first video together.
Virgilio Villoresi, is an Italian famous Video jockey(Vj Virgilio)and
videomaker/ animator. In 2005 he started na audio-video project
called OTO with Marco Puccini. His work is in the most important
festival: Netmage '04,'05,'06 editions, TDK audiovisiva '04,'05
editions. He works with musicians (populous, ether, Marco Puccini
and others). He now lives in Milan.
Vivì Ponti worked as a fashion designer at Roberto Cavalli
from 2000 to 2003. Now she lives in Milan and is working on her
Root, USA, Anxiety Invention, 3:00, ink on paper, 2006
An orchestra of crickets moves us through a shaky landscape of
shifting perspectives and unstoppable metamorphoses. Buildings and
cities collapse, balls collide and explode, nature is perverted
and mutates—-all is not right in the world.
Meredith Root received her BA in filmmaking from Bard College,
where she was first introduced to experimental film. She was immediately
drawn to animation, finding the miniature world a capable stage
on which to play out her dramas, and enjoying the control of frame-by-frame
manipulation. She is currently an Assistant Professor of film at
The University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee where she runs the animation
V Toraya, USA, Army of Me, 4:08, mixed media, 2004
Army of Me is about a vacant dry ill-libido desert wasteland of
female bounty hunters and rock-formed males. A climactic chase and
irrigated ejaculation of subway art nouveau tiled joy. Army of Me
was made on the computer mushing together photos, video, and traditional
drawn animation. Live footage was shot in the desert outside of
"Some things in life are slick, polished and blatantly obvious.
But for Norma V. Toraya, who's also known as Crankbunny, these are
exactly the things she shies away from. Instead, she's more inclined
to explore timeless concepts like subtly, curiousity, texture and
awkwardness. Her hand-drawn and computer-animated creations are
often described as dark, sometimes noir and always magical."
Allyn, USA, Imaginary Lines, 2:20, 2D digital, 2005
Anita Allyn’s Imaginary Lines creates collage from imagery
taken from American Road movies. Through precise editing and digital
animation manipulation, a new plotline emerges that recasts the
American idealization of freedom and independence. The absence of
stable, urban cities reflects transition and mobility; the isolated
individuals reveal alienation and remoteness.
Anita Allyn is an interdisciplinary artist living in Philadelphia.
She creates works in video, installation, digital media, and photography.
Allyn is a graduate of Kansas City Art institute (B.F.A.) and the
Museum School, Boston (M.F.A.). Her work has been exhibited in Moscow,
Russia; Columbia, South America; Tel Aviv, Israel; Calcutta, India;
New York, Massachusetts and Philadelphia. Her work explores questions
of narrativity, immediacy, memory and indexing. The works include
different formal strategies including documentary, personal narrative
and abstraction/looping to investigate the positioning of truth
telling in a post-video age.She works independently and collaboratively
as a an artist/critical thinker; part of the Philadelphia artist
collective, Vox Populi, and an active member of the board for Society
for Photographic Education Mid-Atlantic. She is Associate Professor,
Fine Arts Coordinator at The College of New Jersey.
J Tobias Anderson, Sweden,
Whereto I Go, 4:46, digital animation, 2005
A video that displays a man's confrontation with his own self. A
meeting that is not always as rewarding as one might have hoped.
Classic filmsequences have been re-cut and animated to illustrate
this dilemma, and the final imagery is created in a highly contrasted
style, with characters echoing of decades from long ago.
Videoartist focusing mainly on animation and appropriation art.
Experimenting with a number of different techniques, such as video,
painting, illustration, sound and music, with the main work still
being made for video - over 30 videoworks have been created between
1997 and 2007.
Explorations with the starting point in material that somehow can
be considered generally well known are usually the bases for the
creation of the works. Often the videos are based on cinematographic
issues, and deal with visual or audiovisual explorations.
Has been screened at numerous occasions, in exhibitions and festivals
Represented with videoworks at several art institutions, among them
Moderna Museet in Stockholm.
Machado, Brazil/USA, Today I'm Here, 00:45 , pixellation,
A compressed account of the impermanence of memories.The act of
forgetting is transposed to the skin as I walk the streets of the
Lower East Side until the word past, embossed on my arm, fades away...The
gradual smoothing and eventual fading of impressions, an intimate
and intangible process, is rendered concrete.
Thessia Machado is a Brazilian artist living and working in New
York. Her work explores the integration of materials through installation
and digital animations. Machado received a BFA from Hunter College,
New York. Her work has been exhibited in New York, Florida,
Amsterdam and Paris, and residencies in Vermont and Florida. In
2005 Machado was a recipient of fellowships from the Bronx Museum
and the New York Foundation for the Arts.
Dyer, USA, Copenhagen Cycles, 6:35, zoetrope, 2005
A bicyclist travels through a fantastical, collaged reconstruction
of Denmark's capital city. Eric Dyer combines the pre-cinema zoetrope
with high-definition digital video technology to explore the kinetics
Dyer spent eight months in Copenhagen, Denmark on a Fulbright Fellowship.
He rode around on a bicycle, collected source footage of the city's
moving elements, printed and cut the sequences, then built about
30 zoetrope-like paper sculptures. "Copenhagen Cycles"
is composed entirely of unprocessed shots of the spinning sculptures.
Dyer invented this filmmaking process while attempting to animate
zoetropes with strobe lights. He found that using a high shutter
speed on certain video camera allows for a flicker-free registration
of the zoetrope elements.Eric is a Assistant Professor at the University
of Baltimore, Maryland County. He has won many film awards including
Director’s Choice Award, 2005 Black Maria Film and Video Festival,
Best Experimental Film, 2004 Red Bank International Film Festival,
Chris Fayne Award for Best Animated Film, 2004 Ann Arbor Film Festival,
and Nominee, Best Experimental Film, 2004 Rome Intíl Film
Collmer, Germany/USA, Berlin Skin, 2:00, mixed media,
Painted photographs come to life through animation techniques- paint
on glass, drawing, and digital techniques. Buildings and textures
become places for daydreams and memory.
Kim Collmer is a Professor at the Fachhochschule Schwaebisch Hall
where she teaches design and animation. She has exhibited internationally
in festivals and exhibitions, with reviews published in the New
York Times and the New Yorker magazine. Kim also curated animation
screenings last year for the Director‘s Lounge.
Lundqvist, Sweden, Making Pancakes, 4:58, hand-drawn,
"Making Pancakes" is an animated video, showing a woman
and a man in a totally unbalanced relationship. At times we see
a seemingly everyday course of events, and other times they are
in a more threatening situation. The man is filled with self-satisfaction
and yet he shines from an uncertainty and a longing for acknowledgement.
The woman acts in a numb and routine way, doing all she can to uphold
the façade. By changing the standard and placing the domestic
violence outdoors, where it’s visible, and the upholding of
the perfect façade hidden behind the closed doors of the
home, the absurdity of this behaviour is revealed. The trivial mistakes
while making dinner serve as the catalyst of the violent outrages,
they serve as the last straw.
Born 1971 in Eskilstuna, Sweden.
Currently living and working in Stockholm.Artist specializing in
animation and since 1994 working almost exclusively with videos,
which have been screened at numerous museums, galleries and festivals
worldwide. More than 20 videoworks have been created between 1994
and 2006, works that generally are narrative and deal with issues
like domestic violence, power structures and human behavior. Represented
with videoworks at several art institutions, among them Moderna
Museet in Stockholm and Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris.
Hei Cheng and Mike Chan,
UK, Board, 1:00, Rostrum camera, 2005
Surprising and playful travel on the board. Escaping from reality
bringing surreal imagination to real life. A world of living fruits.
Hei Cheng- Cheng Chun Hei was born in Hong Kong where he trained
first in painting and chinese calligraphy. He received his BA in
Graphic Design at Saint Marting College of Art for Animation. His
work has been screened at various venues including: Central Saint
Martins College of Art and Design, Central St.Martins' Lethaby Gallery,
Short Ends World Film Schools Festival, ICA Cinema, Hidden Art Open
Studio, Whitechapel Art Gallery, Bloomberg Space
Currently completing his MA at Central Saint Martin Mike has completed
9 short films.
Barcy, USA, Woman Without a Past, Mini DV, 5:00, stop-motion/
This film was originally conceived as an artist-book. I found the
title in the local thrift store and thought the title was intriguing
enough to explore, although I must admit I didn’t bother to
read the book first before “re-appropriating” it. At
first it was a sort of one-liner; given the title “Woman Without
a Past” I thought I would simply paint all the pages of the
book black, but my propensity to animate took over and next thing
I knew it was a flip-book. Soon small repeated bits of text from
other dime store romance novels found their way in. I found almost
identical word usage in every book, cut them out and categorized
them so similar phrases would animate together. I began thinking
about phrases that pretend to be descriptive but are actually futile
when it comes to revealing anything about a person. This piece is
ultimately about privacy and the desire to not share information
and how that in itself is revealing.
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Film, Video, and New Media (1999).
BFA, 1991, School of the Art Institute of Chicago; MA, 2002, Columbia
College, Chicago. Screenings: Women in the Director's Chair Film
Festival; Henson Festival of International Puppetry, NY; Image Union,
WTTW Channel 11, Chicago. Animator: There TV, Calabash Animation,
Shepard, UK, Who I Am And What I Want, 7:20, hand-drawn,
A scribbled, strangely funny but highly unsettling examination of
the human condition. The story of a man who bares his emotions,
history, hang ups and desires in all of their dysfunctional absurdity
then leaves us to assemble not only his identity but to question
David graduated from Glasgow School of Art in 1991. His works on
paper, photographs and sculptures have been exhibited in galleries
and museums throughout the world, and he is the author of more than
20 books of drawings. He lives in Glasgow.
Chris completed an Animation BA at West Surrey College of Art and
Design in 1992. He is co-founder of London animation company Slinky
Pictures with producer Maria Manton, and has directed short films,
commercials and comedy series. He made the prize-winning The Broken
Jaw in 1997. His first animate! commission was the hybrid film Dad's
Dead 2002, Best Short Film at the British Independent Film Awards
2003 and winner of a huge number of other prizes.
films before and after the screening
Nyholm + Jen
DeNike, Sweden and USA, Fever Dreams, Shot footage
with animation, looped film, 2006
Fever Dreams has its origin and source of inspiration in our mutual
experience of hallucinogenic dreams - dreams that come to you when
half awake, half asleep, that are often frightening and cannot be
distinguished from reality. Two women, it’s hard to differentiate
them, in a white burnt out room - an empty space, their eyes flutter
widely open and then shut, pupils gone, their gaze completely empty,
turned inwards. Exaggerated, exhorting whispering voices, permeate
from all directions, interrupted by planes of red static, creating
a hypnotic pace that channels an invisible delirium into a schizophrenic
Jen DeNike is a video artist who lives and works in NYC.She has
a forthcoming solo exhibition at Tensta Konsta Stockholm 2007. Printed
Matter NY recently launched her book "Seven Suns" a conceptional
artist book on mortality. Her work has been shown internationally
including: a solo exhibition at KW Berlin 2006, Julia Stoschek Collection
-Video Program Dusseldorf 2005, PS1 Greater NY, Contemporary Art
Museum Houston, Space 301 Mobile, ART ROCK Rockefeller Center 2006.
USA, "selbst zerstören engagueren sich", digital
animation, looped film, 2006
"selbst zerstören engagueren sich" is an abstract
digital film about technology, media abundance, and attention span.
High tech, but dated, overloading, glitching and about to explode!
Steve Macadams is an artist living in Cleveland America. He works
in design and direction.
to all participating artists!!!