Aliened Timelines I

Aliened Timelines I

Program 7
Alienated Timelines I

Sandra Araujo (Portugal) – Runtime Error, 2013, 4:12
Natalia Biegaj (Poland) – The Door is Always Open, 2014, 4:28
Giovanni Bucci (Italy) – Never-Never, 2013, 3:44
Consuleo Calitri (ES) & Andrea Nevi (I) – The Hiccup, 2010, 8:25
Alejandro Casales (Mexico) – Adsem Varien, 2014, 8:06
Stephen John Ellis (USA) – Aus dem Kinder , 2011, 5:14
Francesca Fini (Italy) – White Sugar, 2013, 13:00
Ben Fox, (UK) – Recent Tactile Nonsense, 2014, 2:16
Array (Canada) – Woods, 2014, 3:00
Ruben Gonzalez Escudero (Spain) – Walking Around, 2014, 1:38
John Graham (Canada) – Move, 2011, 7:48
Henri Gwiazda (USA) – Beautiful Politics, 2012, 9:10
Gavin Hoffman (Ireland) – Complicit, 2013, 4:08
Ulf Kristiansen (Norway) – Jealous Guy, 2014, 4:35
Isabel Layton (USA) – Little Black Dress, 2014, 2:28
Jerome Chia Horng Lin (Taiwan) – The Path of Water, 2013, 4:49
Michael O’Donnell (USA) – Butternut, 2014, 4:02

Sandra Araujo (Portugal)
Runtime Error, 2013, 4:12
Video games are emergent systems with their own particular internal relationships. This animation mashes up and deconstructs game spaces taking on a multitude of forms, from scrolling on one axis to several separate screens. The blocky 2D grids plasticity is emphasized through a reduced color palette in order to favor formal representation of early video games against the photorealistic, logically consistent 3D game spaces of recent years.

Sandra Araújo is a visual artist that spent endless hours shooting at monsters and strolling through mazes. So, it only felt natural for her to evolve through an experimental and explorative process of the visual culture of video games and popular gif files in her animations. She still plays old school computer games.

Natalia Biegaj (Poland)
The Door is Always Open, 2014, 4:28
The Beetle lives deeply inside Hell and watches three different stories through three balls placed in fire. The stories shows various realities of different characters and realizes that Hell is not just a place after death. The stories and their characters reveal a real nature of Beetle and a reason of his punishment.

Natalia Biegaj was born in Krakow in 1988. After completing education at Public Secondary School of Art in Krakow she moved to London. She graduated at Middlesex University with BA (Hons) Animation degree in 2012 and carried on her education. She recently graduated at Central Saint Martins University of the Arts London with MA Character Animation degree in June 2014. Currently she is working as freelancer 2D animator.

Giovanni Bucci (Italy)
Never-Never, 2013, 3:44
Directed by Dutch-Italian filmmaker Giovanni Bucci. Never Never tackles the old theme of love gone bad through the unexpected perspective of time. In this video the band is seen performing through alternating scenes, shot in green screen, which some are played at super slow motion and others at very high speed. In post they were composited with 3D elements and the final result sees the band playing inside the exploded machinery of a clock, whose slick and mechanical hands inexorably travel towards and all around them. They are maneuvered by the battling clock – demon woman, the cruel mistress of time, the symbolic human soul of this machine

Dutch – Italian Giovanni Bucci, born in 1981, is a director and motion designer living between Los Angeles and London. He has worked for high end clients like Red Bull, MTV, BBC, Nike, Warner Bros, Sony, Columbia Records and BMW to name a few. He has also collaborated for acclaimed companies such as Saatchi & Saatchi, AKQA, Prologue Films, The Mill and Publicis.
Giovanni’s experience includes music videos, commercials, TV promos, identities and title sequences for films and his work has been featured by industry magazines and web sites: Computer Arts, Stash, Motiongraphics, Televisual, Ventilate among others.

Consuleo Calitri (ES) & Andrea Nevi (I)
The Hiccup, 2010, 8:25
In Venice, waves seem to have lost their peaceful sound and have acquired a mysterious aura. A pall of fear is cast over the citizens, who are gripped by incipient insomnia. What if they confused those strange repetitive noises with the hiccups of another citizen who can’t stop sobbing?

ANDREA NEVI: Born in Foligno, Italy on April 30, 1985. His first works date back between 2006 and 2010, with the direction of some short films including “The Hiccup” that received awards in some Italian festivals. In 2011 he received his Master’s Degree in Psychology at University of Florence, Italy. In the period between 2010 and 2013 further works have been essentially music videos among which “Carry that weight” (“Best Italian FIlm” at the IV International Super8 Film Festival, Milan, Italy; selected for 2013 Flicker-The Official Film Selection, Cambridge, UK) and video installations.His video installations have been included in collective art exhibitions held at important museums such as Hangar Bicocca (Milan, Italy) and Armenian Center for Contemporary Experimental Art (Yerevan, Armenia) and at museums in other countries such as Israel, Argentina and Uruguay.

CONSUELO CALITRI: Born in Prato (Italy) in 1984. She lives in Prato, where she works as a projectionist.Her great passion for cinema led her to “Anna Magnani” Cinema School in Prato where she attended Cinematography, Direction and Editing courses (from 2005 to 2009), to Deutsche Film-und Fernsehakademie Berlin (Germany) where she attended a Direction workshop (2008) and to Laboratorio Fare Cinema in Bobbio (2012), workshop held by Marco Bellocchio and Franco Piavoli. She has directed some short films (“Ut non”, 2007; “The Sneeze”, 2008; “The Hiccup”, 2010; “Lo Stop Motion di Alice Stoppani”, 2011; “Mimesis”, 2012) and music video (“Saremo ricchi amore!”, 2012).

Alejandro Casales (Mexico)
Adsem Varien, 2014, 8:06

Stephen John Ellis (USA)
Aus dem Kinder , 2011, 5:14
is an experimental short video that left the narrative intentionally ambiguous and explored gesture as a means of eliciting emotional reactions from the viewer. The work investigates our attachments to an ever-increasing number of virtual doppelgangers into which we invest a level of identity; projecting our emotions, intellect, desires, and experience. I’m interested in that moment when we collapse this seemingly banal and artificial fantasy into something that succeeds in evoking an emotional response; where the premise of roleplaying is all but erased and we are instead projecting ourselves into an alternate plane of existence.

Stephen John Ellis is a mixed-media artist employing techniques which include: video, photography, virtual reality, 3d design, scripting, coding, computer hacks, video games, sound and music. Ellis has worked as a freelance media artist and educator for several years and has exhibited both nationally and internationally, including China, Korea, Canada, Bulgaria and throughout the United States. Ellis was most recently an artist-in-residence at the Chashama residency in New York and will be in residence at the Nes Project in Iceland next May. Ellis graduated with an MFA from the University of South Florida in 2013. He currently works at Stetson University as an Assistant Professor of Digital Arts.

Francesca Fini (Italy)
White Sugar, 2013, 13:00
WHITE SUGAR is a surreal film that narratively and graphically elaborates archival material in the public domain. I selected this material in the course of careful research. I focused in particular on the female figure that is ubiquitous within this linguistic universe, as a sort of granite spokesman of a specific cultural model she apparently adheres without shadows and without uncertainty. A universe that has a very precise historical flavor and that, for some sort of magical projection in space and time, seems to actually tell our time. I’ve isolated these female figurines, literally cutting them out of their context as paper dolls, and then I reassembled them into a new digital space made in 3d. In this transfer the “dolls” lose their connection not only with the narrative context but also the spatial structure in which they “lived” originally, assuming new meanings that crack their role as ambassadors of a granitic and dominant culture. The video revolves around the spooky theme of hypnosis and lucid dreaming, as a representation of western cultural model that is “white sugar”, an artificial and addictive chemical pleasure, altering taste and perception. The graphics are best with anaglyph glasses.

I’m an Italian artist working with mixed media, video and performance art.
My live projects, always addressing social and political issues, are mixed with lo-fi technology, homemade interaction design devices, live audio and video. Primarily interested in video and live art, I also create artworks assembling performance art ‘relics’ or manipulating video stills. Among the Art events in which I took part in the last few years, I would mention the 2011 WRO Biennale in Poland, ADD Festival at MACRO Museum in Rome, the finals of Laguna International Art Prize in Venice, CINEMED Film Festival in Montpellier, Taormina Film Festival, Berlin Directors Lounge, IKONO TV Film Festival, FILE Electronic Language International Festival in Brazil, FONLAD Digital Art Festival, Cologne Off and Magmart Video Art Festival, which I won in 2010, 2012 and 2013.

Ben Fox, (UK)
Recent Tactile Nonsense, 2014, 2:16
The strong tides of the River Thames stir up silted memories of London past. Debris of the City’s past perform animated dances, while the tides shift and traces old of old existences emerge fleetingly. A brief watery reflection on the capital’s past lives.

Focusing on the tactile qualities of the material world and our interaction with it, Ben’s films incorporate animation, photography and sculpture, using found materials to create worlds where heightened textural sensibilities and alchemical manifestations are ruled by uncanny feelings and buried desires.

Array (Canada)
Woods, 2014, 3:00
The vantage point of trees and the movement of this vantage point drives the video, “Woods.” The viewer’s reality is distorted by changes of focus and distance. The sound is layered and moves from echoes to pulsing groves. The bouncing reflected notes are not only heard but seen in the play of light and darkness of space: whitewashed bleakness turns into bright, cosmetic explosion of movement and sound.

ARRAY is a live audio/visual ensemble comprising of Jim Olson (Visuals), Adam Tindale (Electronics), and Katherine Fraser (Violin). ARRAY began as an audio/visual performance ensemble with oscillating members. The active members make work from the philosophical mandate of the container. ARRAY’s current work involves the navigation of virtual constructed spaces. These spaces offer a visual and narrative coherence for both the performers and the audience. The spaces are created with game engines, audio programming languages, video editing tools, and live digital performance softwares.

Ruben Gonzalez Escudero (Spain)
Walking Around, 2014, 1:38
Walking Around begins with a route recorded in the Check Point Charlie in Berlin, following the concept dérive from Guy Debord.Then some parts of the casual route were drawing, keeping the original audio. The work displays the relationship between real time, recording time and Filmmaking time. Time becomes compact, it expands and becomes different materialities leading an almost documentarian perception of our urban environment.

Rubén González Escudero was born in Madrid in 1979. He received his degree in Visual Arts at the UCM, specializing in visual arts in 2007. Since 2007, he live in Berlin. He has performed screenings and artworks in GlogauAIR and Loop Barcelona and in exhibitions like Wege ums Kino, Insonora VIII, The Secret Cabinet, Berlin-Choreografie einer Stadt and My Home, my castle in Berlin and Madrid.

John Graham (Canada)
Move, 2011, 7:48
A young, artistic man experiences visions of a world that he once knew with sight. Having never fully come to terms with a boyhood train accident that left him blind, he encounters potent, surreal apparitions in both his waking life and his dreams. As his poetic imagination flourishes, he rediscovers sincerity.

John is a multi-disciplinary visual artist based in Ottawa, Canada. His artwork has been exhibited worldwide. John’s award winning 2 short films have been screened at over 20 international film festivals. In making a crossover to independent filmmaking, John has found that his surrealist tendencies can be potently expressed in short film.

Henri Gwiazda (USA)
Beautiful Politics, 2012, 9:10
Sometimes, when people move together, the result is……

Henry Gwiazda is a new media artist/composer whose artistic trajectory has taken him from sampling, sound effects, and immersive technologies to his current work with new media. This new work is a comprehensive artistic approach that has resulted in work that is multimedia in nature and focused on movement. He has won prizes at INOUT Video Art Festival (Gdansk, Poland), Abstracta Cinema (Rome, Italy), Magmart Video Festival (Naple, Italy), Crosstalk Video Art Festival (Budapest,Hungary), GIGUK Video Art Festival (Giessen, Germany), and the DIGit Media Exposition (Narrowsburg, NY). His work is available on Innova Recordings.

Gavin Hoffman (Ireland)
Complicit, 2013, 4:08
A man is seeking help to come to terms with his past actions. He is haunted by what he has been a part of and opens up about the nature of his complicity. However time is running out to make things right. Complicit is a film exploring the consequences of our actions.

Gavin Hoffman (21 November 1975) was born and raised in Dublin, Ireland. He worked as a 3d architectural visualizer since 1999 and has recently graduated from Ballyfermot College, Dublin with a BA hons in animation. He is now working as a 3d artist in Dublin. He is a videographer in his free time and has created several live action shorts. With a keen interest in the larger picture of what is going on the world, he made Complicit as his graduate project with the intention of getting people to think about their actions.

Ulf Kristiansen (Norway)
Jealous Guy, 2014, 4:35
A 3d animated short film. Vladimir Putin has seen the error of his ways, and is genuinely repentant of his anti-gay policies. Together with “The Pussy Bears” he has organized a concert on the Red Square.
Musical score arranged and performed by Michael Chang.

Ulf Kristiansen (b. 1969-11-03, Norway) is a painter and video-artist. Ulf Kristiansen is currently living at Nesodden, a peninsula outside of Oslo, Norway. While starting out as a figurative painter, Ulf is now mainly focusing on 3d animation and machinima. His films have partaken in numerous international video festivals and exhibitions.

Isabel Layton (USA)
Little Black Dress, 2014, 2:28
This is a paint on glass animation, choreographed to the poem Little Black Dress written by a fellow local artist, Ryan Kent.

Isabel Layton is a multi-media artist working with video, animation, and installation based work. She constructs visuals, along with spaces, with the intent of garnering multiple interpretations. Much of the inspiration for her work is pulled from dream sequences giving her work a lucid essence. Her installations form an atmosphere of lights and shadows, exploring adaptive movements and barriers. Through these environments, she sculpts technology into relatable experiences for viewers and produces temporary places that stimulate moods amongst the viewers. Isabel also enjoys collaborative projects with other visual artists, as well as writers and poets.

Jerome Chia Horng Lin (Taiwan)
The Path of Water, 2013, 4:49
This 3D animation consists of many metaphors within a variety of moving images. There is no solid storyline. The theme actually reflects my mental responses towards the world, conveying my value system throughout years of experiences. This work somehow implied that water has its own will, deciding where to flow regardless of any obstacle it may encounter. It will detour or penetrate in order to reach its destination. Pure, clean water seems to be mild, gentle, and harmless, yet its power cannot be underestimated. Throughout centuries, all life forms including human beings heavily rely on it in a very essential way.

Jerome Chia-Horng Lin was born in 1969, Taipei city. He was trained to be an artist since he was young by attending an art program in junior high school. He went to Pratt Institute, New York City at 1997 for his master study. He started to learn computer animation as his medium for creation since then. His final project “Dainty” was selected and presented at CYNETart 2000 ( Dresden, Germany). Later on the animation anticipated many exhibitions at New York City, Taipei City, Hsin-Ju city and Shanghai city. For years, he uses computer animation as well as oil paintings for his art creation continuously. He currently is the Lecturer of Department of Visual Communication Design, Chaoyang University of Technology (Taichung city, Taiwan).

Michael O’Donnell (USA)
Butternut, 2014, 4:02
Butternut was hand composited from a single photograph. The squash was later eaten.

Michael O’Donnell began film and installation work in New York in 1966. He was trained in philosophy at Emory University, and in art at Pratt Institute.