Animation Avantgarde 3 International Competition

  • , Stadtkino im Künstlerhaus 74 min

After a quick look into art history and the crazy museum of Rui Hu, choreography takes center stage: In Ghost Tracks these dances are performed by objects, and with Karin Fisslthaler the space outside the screen also becomes involved. In the line-up there is also a healthy dose of pop culture: from the warped 3D worlds of Faiyaz Jafri to Fabrice Le Nezet’s dancing, vibrantly-colorful objects. We dive into the world of first-person shooter games, and later, Adrian Flury becomes a guide to places where he himself has never been.

In the presence of
Adrian Flury, Faiyaz Jafri, Hanna Arvela, Samuli Sarén, Izumi Yoshida, Karin Fisslthaler, Sasha Svirsky, Nadezhda Svirskaia. 

One Minute Art History

CN 2015 No dialogue/lyrics 01 min 27 sec Austrian premiere Director Cao Shu

One Minute Art History is a visually thrilling piece, in which centuries of developments in painting are packed into just under a minute of film. Per second eight pictures in different styles are shown, illustrating important art trends, starting in ancient Egypt and continuing into the European and Asian regions, spanning centuries of art history right to the present day. The plot mostly shows a male figure, who is waiting for something.

Editing Xu Sijie Camera Yuan Yi Animation Cao Shu

One Minute Art History

Woman without Mandolin

BR DE 2015 No dialogue/lyrics 04 min 40 sec Director Fabiano Mixo

We look upon the portrait of a woman in profile, dressed in traditional African garb with a proud demeanour. As she looks into the camera, the image begins to break into pieces like a mirror. The fascinating drifting apart of her face and body gives room for reflexion on beauty and self image. The image is reminiscent of Picasso’s late cubist portraits, one of which, “The Girl with Mandolin”, is referenced in the title.

Screenplay Fabiano Mixo Production Leonie Schäfer Editing Felix Trolldenier, Boris Seewald, Fabiano Mixo Camera Alex Bloom Cast Miriam Goldschmidt Sound Simon Kummer Animation Felix Trolldenier, Boris Seewald, Fabiano Mixo

Woman without Mandolin

Metropolitan Triangle Garden

CN US 2014 No dialogue/lyrics 03 min 54 sec Austrian premiere Director Rui Hu

Rui Hu humorously observes the museum space with its classic sculptures and exhibits. In his 3D animation these objects give a destructive performance consisting of digital glitches and deformations of the 3D sculptures. Thus the works contest their places, regroup – it seems as though we were witnessing a ritual of a neon coloured art form that has become crazy, left to its own resources.

Screenplay Rui Hu Production Media Lab, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York University

Metropolitan Triangle Garden

Quimtai

DE 2015 No dialogue/lyrics 06 min 05 sec Austrian premiere Director Camilo Colmenares

The design vocabulary of extinct indigenous Columbian civilisations provides the starting point for this work. German abstract animations from the 1920s are another source of inspiration for Camilo Colmenares. In Quimtai a dialogue between ancient and modern cultural technology ensues, as patterns of the Tairona and Quimbaya are scratched directly onto 35 mm black and white film with the aid of laser technology and a technically intricate process.

Screenplay Camilo Colmenares Production Ute Dilger Editing Tama Tobias-Macht Sound Camilo Colmenares Animation María José Román, Igor Shin Moromisato, Pam Sánchez

Quimtai

Ghost Tracks

FR JP 2015 No dialogue/lyrics 05 min 17 sec Austrian premiere Director Jerome Boulbes

A ghostly setting in a tunnel opens up: the room seems to be without gravity, stones drift through the air and move floatingly through the picture, long wooden beams draw horizontal, vertical and diagonal lines, constantly rearranging themselves in a mysterious ritual accompanied by ghostly swirling sounds. They become light, translucent and offer little glimpses into the world that may lie beyond.

Screenplay Jerome Boulbes Production Jerome Boulbes Animation Jerome Boulbes

Ghost Tracks

Brainbows

AT 2015 No dialogue/lyrics 02 min 26 sec Director Karin Fisslthaler

In her works Karin Fisslthaler collects highly focussed and precise gestures and moments of touching and communication between bodies. In Brainbows, which uses material taken from Fritz Lang’s Woman in the Moon, she condenses these cinematic moments in an elegantly mounted choreography, which continues to imagine the movements beyond the limits of the frames, thus enabling a new communication between images.

Brainbows

East Meets West

AU 2015 No dialogue/lyrics 04 min 30 sec Austrian premiere Director Dirk de Bruyn

A film frame, hand-printed with abstract shapes, complete with its perforation is at the centre, the surface’s analogue materiality becoming very obvious. At the same time eight movies showing a performance by Viola Smith’s famous female big band (ca. 1935) are staggered in a vertical strip at the right edge of the screen. The chaos resulting from the acoustic proliferation harmonises perfectly with the exuberant pictures. Analogue film meets digital files.

Production Dirk de Bruyn

East Meets West

Exomoon

GB AT 2015 06 min Vienna premiere Director Gudrun Krebitz

Exomoon is a wonderful synergy of textures on both visual and auditory levels: pictures are painted over, drawn with a fine brush stroke, the voice whispers, changes the tonality, is duplicated. There’s a crackling and scraping, one hears footsteps and sees the naked feet with their red toe nails in the snow. Sometimes dreamy, sometimes wide awake it tells us about a woman, who meanders between loneliness and yearning for an event to break through this solitude.

Screenplay Gudrun Krebitz Production Gudrun Krebitz Editing Gudrun Krebitz Camera Gudrun Krebitz Sound Marian Mentrup Animation Gudrun Krebitz

Exomoon

Kinki

PL 2015 No dialogue/lyrics 10 min 12 sec Austrian premiere Director Izumi Yoshida

Diffuse images, impressions. Lights light up the setting, only to then let it disappear again in the dark. The vista opens up onto grids, strings and fences. Kinki is full of allusions and mysterious ambiance; rooms and surfaces are perceived only in fragmented glimpses that are processed and then disintegrate. Countless associations open up before us. The intense soundtrack lends the film a certain air of horror, while evoking memories of Krzysztof Penderecki’s film compositions.

Screenplay Izumi Yoshida Production Piotr Furmankiewicz Editing Beata Walentowska Camera Izumi Yoshida Sound Jacek Hamela Animation Izumi Yoshida

Kinki

A place I've never been

CH 2015 No dialogue/lyrics 04 min 40 sec Austrian premiere Director Adrian Flury

With Google Street View and billions of private images, which are uploaded to the net daily, you can get yourself to practically every place on this earth. With the help of this “online image archive” Flury reconstructs a possible image of Athens, including simulated tracking shots, thereby challenging authorship and also raising the question of image manipulation.

Screenplay Adrian Flury Production Adrian Flury Editing Adrian Flury Sound Jeroen Visser Animation Adrian Flury

A place I've never been

This Ain't Disneyland

HK 2015 No dialogue/lyrics 06 min 25 sec European premiere Director Faiyaz Jafri

By juxtaposing images of the New York Twin Towers’ destruction with pictures of Bambi and Micky-Mouse ears, his favourite (anti) Disney motives, Faiyaz Jafri allows himself a disturbing provocation in the spirit of his programmatic “hyper unrealism”. The line This Ain’t Disneyland is a quote from a policeman in a 9/11 documentary, the Disney-critical lyrics of the song heard at the beginning and end are by Jafri’s son.

Screenplay Faiyaz Jafri Production Faiyaz Jafri Editing Faiyaz Jafri Camera Faiyaz Jafri Sound Faiyaz Jafri Animation Faiyaz Jafri

This Ain't Disneyland

First Person Shooter

FI 2015 07 min 07 sec World premiere Director Hanna Arvela

Two men marred by civilisation spend an evening playing computer games. Connected through a network they move their avatars through “untouched” hills and woods and trawl through remote settlements. Alongside nature sounds and the sporty avatars’ panting we can follow the carefree dialogue of the players, which couldn’t be more revealing. An amusing insight into the intellectual world of mildly brainsick machos.

Screenplay Hanna Arvela Production Hanna Arvela Editing Hanna Arvela Camera Antti Loponen Cast Samuli Sarén, Antti Loponen

First Person Shooter

Tanzonk

RU HU 2015 No dialogue/lyrics 09 min 20 sec Austrian premiere Director Sasha Svirsky

Sascha Svirsky draws on big topics, which he breaks ironically with a twinkle in his eye. Beginning with the topic of war, in this case the war between a human being and a machine, he moves on to love, represented by the intolerable, intimate relationship between a human and a robot. Stylistically he also resorts to classic role models from the rich history of graphic art and music, which he modernises in digital animations.

Screenplay Sasha Svirsky Production Nadezhda Svirskaia Editing Sasha Svirsky Sound Alexey Zelensky Animation Sasha Svirsky

Tanzonk

Pump

GB 2016 No dialogue/lyrics 01 min 32 sec Austrian premiere Director Fabrice Le Nezet

Originating from his examination of typography, of the idea of a primitive alphabet, Fabrice Le Nezet developed the design for his abstract shapes and figures in bright pink, light blue and egg yolk yellow, reminiscent of children’s toys made of plastic, like the ones you get from a Kinder egg. His music video, in which these useless objects perform their weird aerobics to equally cool and stylish dance grooves, offers pure enjoyment.

Pump