Experimental 1

Sunday 19/03/2023 11:00 - 13:00 - Athens Animfest 2023 Official Screening
Sunday 19/03/2023 23:00 - 01:00 - Athens Animfest 2023 Replay Screening
Total Duration: 01:51:00

  1. Algorithmia 03:22
  2. United States of America 2022
    Directed by: Nate Dorr
    Animation: Nate Dorr + DiscoDiffusion
    Music: BenBen
    Dialogue language: English

    A music video for BenBen's "Algorithmia", from the forthcoming EP. Do neural networks listen to simulated rock bands? Algorithms have dictated much of what we see and hear for years already; they've only much more recently become able to reproduce semblances of it on their own. With the advent of adversarial learning (pioneered by chess AIs trained through near-endless competition against eachother), digital simulacra have become more and more eerily convincing: songs extended through extrapolation, faces invented, and so many machine-generated avocado armchair designs. Especially over the last six months, the tools for fully AI-created images (based only on generalized knowledge from data sets consisting of millions of captioned pictures) have rapidly evolved, diversified, and improved, allowing more and more generative artists to explore the form. But with algorithms already warping artistic production through the feedback loops of streaming and social media, what may come of vertically-integrating algorithmic distribution with its own ability to create? Or, in the deeper exploration of machine-generated art -- the interest of which comes as much from its mystifying errors and omissions as from its successes -- will the essential significance of the guiding human hand become only more obvious?

  3. The Hour Coat 12:40
  4. United States 2022
    Directed by: Amy Kravitz
    Dialogue language: No Dialogue

    Between one life and the next.

  5. Wow 01:20
  6. Canada 2022
    Directed by: Faiyaz Jafri
    Screenplay: Faiyaz Jafri
    Animation: Faiyaz Jafri
    Technique: 3D
    Music: Elise Simard
    Production/School: Faiyaz Jafri

    Love punch love.

  7. Aria in Vanitas 03:27
  8. Spain 2022
    Directed by: Francisco Maximo, Mélanie Fernandez, Valentina Catanho, Maria Sierra
    Animation: Maria Sierra, Valentina Catanho, Mélanie Fernandez Francisco Máximo
    Technique: Stop Motion
    Music: José R. Madrid Alonso
    Production/School: BAU Barcelona School of design
    Dialogue language: no dialogue

    An exploration of life using mold, the very living thing that grows on decay, as both the conductor and material.

  9. The Music that you play 03:54
  10. Austria 2022
    Directed by: Nikolaus Jantsch

    'The music that you play'  is a song by Austrian band Yellow Mellow, the music video is created by animation artist Nikolaus Jantsch using a technique called "direct animation", or "drawn on film". The footage was produced by painting, drawing and scratching directly on 16mm film. With the help of nowadays software, this century old technique supports the character of the engaging music with a fresh approach, turning great sound into a rousing visual imagery. "You say, you have no feelings for this world outside your room. You say the only healing is that the music is going on." This first two lines of the song beautifully describe the feelings of many: seeing music as a sanctuary from the uncomfortable, daily life.

  11. Brixton Bustle 04:50
  12. United Kingdom 2023
    Directed by: Shaun Clark
    Screenplay: Shaun Clark
    Animation: Shaun Clark
    Technique: Pixilation, Timelapse
    Music: Angela Alhucema
    Production/School: Shaun Clark
    Dialogue language: NO Dialogue
    Subtitles language: NO Dialogue

    A journey through the energy, rhythm and culture of life in Brixton, a district of South London with an African-Caribbean soul.

  13. from where - to where / woher - wohin 04:22
  14. Germany 2022
    Directed by: Ingrid Gans
    Screenplay: Ingrid Gans
    Production/School: Ingrid Gans

    On a mysterious matrix, equally mysterious images appear and seek their place. The tableau is in motion, images change their color, their shape, their place, some begin to walk. They symbolize possibilities of change and development. But unfortunately there is no clear answer to the question from where - to where

  15. Empire 14:50
  16. United Kingdom 2022
    Directed by: Grant Petrey
    Music: Max Leach
    Production/School: Grant Petrey
    Dialogue language: English

    The nocturnal city reveals a machine of desiring forces linked to the spectacle of Capitalism. In the consuming night, the dazzlement of the city as a networked flow of information and surveillance is revealed. Affective forces create and shape the experience of this machinic city, but within this illumination and control, seeking out the liminal, queer spaces of desire becomes more urgent.

  17. Selfportrait between Prague and Vienna (Places and Monuments - 12) / Autoportrait entre Prague et Vienne (Lieux et Monuments-12) 08:55
  18. Canada 2021
    Directed by: Pierre Hébert
    Screenplay: Pierre Hébert
    Animation: Pierre Hébert
    Technique: Scratch on film
    Production/School: Pierre Hébert
    Dialogue language: No Dialogue
    Subtitles language: No Subtitles

    On 2 November 2014, I travelled by train from Prague to Vienna. I like the old-fashioned charm of Eastern European trains, with their mirrors and all. Sitting alone in my compartment, I was soon overwhelmed by the effects of light caused by the motion of the train. The many reflective surfaces, windows and mirrors, amplified the flickering light of the sun as it set behind the trees that lined the railroad, the reflections inverting the direction of the train – an augmented panorama. A true metaphor of cinema was before my eyes. I set my camera up on the seat opposite, took clothing out of my suitcase to steady the camera on the luggage (using a tripod was impossible) and began filming. I could already envisage the film that might result from this as I positioned myself in this counterintuitive space that was multiplied by the reflections.

  19. perf dance 03:30
  20. Canada 2022
    Directed by: Steven Woloshen
    Screenplay: Steven Woloshen
    Animation: Steven Woloshen
    Technique: Film contact printing and shadow photography
    Production/School: Steven Woloshen
    Dialogue language: No Dialogue
    Subtitles language: No Subtitles

    A physical dance with darkness and light - a dark choreography with film.

  21. Signal 05:03
  22. China 2022
    Directed by: lei chen
    Production/School: California Institute of the Arts
    Dialogue language: English

    I wait for him and she waits for us. The pigeons do not know anything.
  23. Beardiful Tone 01:30
  24. United States of America 2022
    Directed by: Masashi Yamamoto
    Animation: Masashi Yamamoto
    Technique: Replacing Objects

    Animated my real Beard and Mustache. Feel the energy and harmony of my hair!!

  25. Recents 06:26
  26. Estonia 2022
    Directed by: Sophia Bazelgette

    Employing the use of a copy machine to degrade images and vicdeo from her personal archive, the filmmaker takes viewers through fading recollections of the past. Memory is an unreliable reproduction - a copy of a copy

  27. Glitter Electron 05:30
  28. Japan 2022
    Directed by: Chihiro Sato, Takaaki Numa, E
    Animation: Chihiro Sato, Takaaki Numa, E
    Music: E

    A music video for composer E's song "Glitter electron", an animation work created by Chihiro Sato, Takaaki Numa and E. This film is a glitter storm of pleasant and strange visual images and electronic sounds on the theme of electricity, which is the driving force of modern civilization. Based on the music produced by E, Chihiro and Takaaki individually created fragmentary short episodes with various electronic motifs. And E presented those motifs while consciously misreading the contents of each episodes, connect as visions full of animated bugs as the original music is.
  29. Crossing Signs 07:34
  30. North Macedonia 2022
    Directed by: Tanja Balac, Nikola Drvoshanov
    Music: Lazar Darkovski
    Production/School: Tanja Balac, Nikola Drvoshanov

    "Crossing Signs", through a research-experimental process of physical displacement and moving away from the "known" and plunging into the unknown, deals with the global topic of migrant crises, while referring to the xenophobic rhetoric present in the mainstream media. Uncovering that discourse, we perceive the migration events through a historical and global political context realized through concrete artistic practice. Several thematic units intertwine and simultaneously refer to the critical elements of the concept of home - shelter - uncertainty.

  31. Zolle: Resign 09:00
  32. Norway 2021
    Directed by: Kristian Pedersen
    Screenplay: Du Yun
    Animation: Kristian Pedersen
    Technique: Phonotrope
    Music: Du Yun
    Production/School: Lise Fearnley, Tonje Skar Reiersen
    Dialogue language: English

    A woman is trapped in limbo between the living and the dead, between memory and reality. She was an immigrant but had never thought that even in death she would walk restlessly, without belonging. The Chinese American composer Du Yun has written the opera Zolle about the woman, and in this abstract animated short film, director Kristian Pedersen offers his graphic interpretation of her loneliness and longing.
  33. Drunk 03:46
  34. Russia 2022
    Directed by: Nikita Meshcheryakov
    Screenplay: Nikita Meshcheryakov
    Animation: Nikita Meshcheryakov
    Technique: Hand-drawn
    Music: Nikita Meshcheryakov
    Production/School: Nikolay Makovsky
    Dialogue language: English

    Confessions of a person suffering from alcoholism. Based on works made by Paul Klee.

  35. Can't Let Go 07:54
  36. United States of America 2022
    Directed by: Ryan Wang
    Production/School: Ryan Wang
    Dialogue language: Chinese, English

    An old soul wants to recollect some precious memory of the village before its demolition

  37. Afternoon Tea 03:07
  38. Korea 2023
    Directed by: Eunmi Kang
    Music: Sang Yoon Lee

    Thick acrylic paint daubs are applied spontaneously onto paper leaving behind the materiality and texture of the paint, which are in the shapes of triangle, square, and rectangle. These preliminary shapes are animated as temporal movements and later composited into scenes to create constantly evolving illusions that the viewer can associate with past personal visual experiences as either representational or abstract.

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