The Realm Of The Senses
23:00 – 01:00 | Friday | April 21 | Loft22 | Hong Kong | Get Tickets
A visual journey from the abstract via the surreal to the visceral. From moving paintings to moving performances.
BrowserBased Volume 1 | Jan Robert Leegte | Netherlands | 2017 | 2m 10s
A sampler of Jan Robert Leegte’s Internet Art.
Drift Following The Seam | Michael Perfahl | Austria | 2015 | 3m 26s
The short film started as a dialogue between Maik Perfahl and Robert Schwarz, based upon the weird auditive spaces from Robert Schwarz’s composition “Drift Following The Seam”, of which the visual counterpart evolves in one year of experiments with path-tracing engines. Maik Perfahl finally found the accurate chaotic vividness in one algorithm called “Metropolis Light Transport”. He began to shape the stage with moving lights and bending the space with various deformers. By going back and forth from chaos to physical order, the animation is a dark experimental simulation of nature, packed into a dream-like and
noisy mechanical stage. The final shortfilm is the unedited output of the simulation.
AfterGlow (Susceptible, Exposed, Infected, ‘Recovered’) | Vicky Isley / Paul Smith | UK | 2015 | 4m 36s
‘AfterGlow (SEIR)’ forms a new expression of a malaria infection transmission scenario, placing the audience in the mosquito’s perspective. Locked in perpetual twilight – prime mosquito blood-feeding time – ‘AfterGlow (SEIR)’ presents a terrain progressively illuminated by glowing trails, evocative of mosquito flight paths. These spiralling forms represent packets of blood, carried by mosquitoes infected with Plasmodium knowlesi, a malaria parasite recently found to jump the species barrier from monkey to human. The infection, left in the wake of macaques, wandering the island in search for food, reveals the intimate relationship between disease and its environment. The spectator is taken on a journey, traversing the island, following the development from clustering luminous spirals to erupting black forms when the disease matures. Where the infection is most dense, we see a blizzard of disease, vividly expressing the complexity of this dangerous scenario.
The Interpreter | Noriko Okaku | Japan | 2015 | 6m 29s
The Interpreter contains a vague narrative that follows the structure of original tarot cards, Major Arcana, such as The fool’s journey through the rest of 21 scenes to acquire knowledge towards the end. Okaku created her original Derbyshire tarot card during a residency in Derby (2015), and it was incorporated in this animation. Each card draws on the artist’s own insight of Derbyshire’s history and myths – spanning a myriad of symbolic imagery. The animation is revealing an intimate interpretation of stories between each card.
AM/FM | Thomas Hicks | Hong Kong | 2015 | 5m 10s
Two character’s life stories are presented across a radio timeline on the AM and FM frequencies. Their lives are depicted from birth to death together and apart. As time passes the dial moves freely from left to right and right to left across the timeline to different narrative moments. The characters stories are told in a non-linear way and correspond to objects from an old suitcase that features within the film. As each object from the suitcase is revealed a section of the character’s story is presented on screen.
Telephone operator at dusk | Mark Kent | Ireland | 2016 | 5m 6s
An astronaut wanders in a reconstruction of his home planet.
Lithics | Edward Ramsay-Morin | USA | 2015 | 3m 51s
For this film, I was interested in imagery that represents a range of human technology, from ancient to modern. Set in a timeless, ambiguous space populated with archetypal characters, I consider “Lithics” to reference the themes and motifs of origin myths.
Ishtar | Marta Di Francesco | UK | 2014 | 2m 40s
Inspired by the journey of Ishtar into the Underworld, a short film about metamorphosis – a journey from abstraction to beauty, from the wrapping geometries of darkness to grace, pulsing between the violence of change and the ever radical beauty of morphing angles and lines.
Tears in Rain | Jeroen Cluckers | Belgium | 2015 | 2m 17s
A visual poem, trying to capture the poetics of a cinematic rain shower into the structure of its images. ‘Tears in Rain’ combines the techniques of data moshing and slit scanning, injecting noise into the images of the 1982 science fiction classic ‘Blade Runner’, so that they mutate into a new visual poem.
4min15 in the Developer | Moïa Jobin-Paré | Canada | 2015 | 4m 44s
A young woman and an urban landscape interact with each other. Developing images and intricacies by scratching and sewing them on again. Mixed techniques.
PNEUMA (triptyque) | Antonello Matarazzo | Italy | 2015 | 2m 30s
PNEUMA investigates the threshold between immobility and transformation, highlighting the slow mutation of an ancient olive tree, represented in the detail of the trunk as opposed to the analogue face of an old farmer. The variety of forms of the bark of the olive is, perhaps more than any other plant species, a tree that is an almost instinctive anthropomorphic equivalence, in the face of a wrinkled old farmer. The morphing of the face and the winding wooden formations are a metaphor for the constant sacrifice that the two forms of life (man-tree) bring into being. Organic forms of powerful symbolic value, absorbed into the relentless cycle of nature, where everything changes and nothing is destroyed.
Microscopia | Nikolaus Jantsch | Austria | 2016 | 4m 32s
The content of this work is about code, the code that surrounds us, that builds the chains of life, the code that is the source of all living and non-living structures. Is there a relation between the macro and the micro world? Has a bug a similar surface as the moon?
This film is a cooperation with the Dutch composer Stephan Dunkelman and the Austrian filmmaker Nikolaus Jantsch.
Sometimes when we touch… | Suk Yin Wong | Hong Kong | 2014 | 1m 0s
A glimpse of a person’s daily life viewed from behind a screen that he touches all the time.
By borrowing the popular gestures of the society, the disordered digitalized life is unveiled, which brings along a question about the norm of the society.
rinse and repeat | Liz Ran Yang | USA | 2016 | 3m 6s
A woman dragging a body representing thoughts and ideas pulls it along through various environments, finally letting it go. The film travels back ending where it began, a palindrome, just as inspiration itself is continuous.
Words, Words, Words | Brian Philip Katz | USA | 2015 | 6m 2s
What’s really going on in the theatre of the mind?
Echoes of a Forgotten Embrace | APOTROPIA (Antonella Mignone + Cristiano Panepuccia) | Italy | 2016 | 4m 0s
“Echoes of a Forgotten Embrace” takes inspiration from the concept of emotional memory, depicting the encounter of two lovers in a liminal dimension, a place where movements preserve the memory of the past and create a synthesis of the entire action.
The work has been created with a mix of body projection, light painting, real time randomization and CGI animation techniques.
“Echoes of a Forgotten Embrace” is one of the chapters that constitute DROP, a project divided into several autonomous works focusing on the dialectical relationship between the concept of Infinity and Control as a fundamental issue of human nature.
Adam | Evelyn Jane Ross | USA | 2016 | 2m 27s
In the beginning of them She created us.
Tanzonk | Sasha Svirsky | Russia | 2015 | 9m 20s
A story about a soldier who fights in a global war between robots and humanity. Once he was wounded in action, then a robot-woman helped him to get well. They fall in love but humanity, as well as robots, don’t want to accept this love.
Baiser N’aide Pas | Marc Blackie | UK | 2016 | 8m 35s
The most recent film by London based photographer turned film maker Marc Blackie takes the form of a reluctant cigarette fuelled telephone conversation between LouLou Re LouLou and a philosophical alternate self. The benefits of sex and literature and their effectiveness at providing comfort are mulled over, via a series of nicotine infused quotes from such minds as Freud, Huxley, Dostoyevsky, Bukowski, Zizek and others.
Laced with Blackie’s particular brand of dark humour and subverted erotica, the film builds towards its final inevitable conclusion as necessary comfort is finally achieved.