Animation art Wandering3:00pm - 4:45pm

IFI: Friday 3:00pm - 4:45pm

Curated by Maeve Connolly.

This screening programme will explore the growing significance of animation techniques in art and media practice. Stop motion features prominently, most notably in a series of works exploring urban and rural landscapes. These include Donna Conlon's Espectros Urbanos/Urban Phantoms (2004), shown at the 2005 Venice Biennale, Mohamadou Ndoye's Train Train Médina (2001), and Adrift (Inger Lise Hansen, 2003). Several works are also concerned with satire, a well established tradition in animation, such as Martin Sastre's Iberoamerican Trilogy , which offers a comic critique of art world power structures. The programme also features Who I Am and What I Want , by David Shrigley and Chris Shepherd, a new work in the Animate! series. In parallel with the screenings, Darklight will host a public discussion on commissioning in contemporary moving image practice.  

All films in this screening are part of Darklight's Official Selection, 2006.

Adrift (10:00)

By Inger Lise Hansen

Adrift is shot on the arctic island of Spitzbergen and in Norway . It combines time-lapse photography with stop-motion animation of the landscape. Through camera-angles and framing the film gradually dislocates the viewer from a stable base where one looses the sense of scale and grounding. Adrift takes perception itself as the subject of its journey.

Espectros Urbanos/Urban Phantoms (02:34)

By Donna Conlon



Donna Conlon uses ordinary objects and images to reveal the idiosyncrasies of human nature and the contradictions integral to our contemporary lifestyle.
She has used damaged trees encountered in the woods and garbage from the streets to question human behaviour, especially the conflicts we have within our urban and natural environments.

Train Train Médina (07:00)

By Mohamadou Ndoye Douts



One day, to build a house, one begins to steal sand, the sand on the beach. In the Medina , it all becomes a muddle. Communication between people and places, it is all part of the chaos. One day everything collapses. Living together with no respect for the earth brings a time of misfortune, which buries and erases everything, leaving no trace.

Who I am and What I Want (07:30)

By David Shrigley and Chris Shepherd



This film is about who I am and what I want. It's NOT about who YOU are and what YOU want. You always think everything I make is about you but it's not. It's all about me...


Ich Bin Ein Manipulator/The Manipulators (3:00)

By Claire E. Rojas and Andrew Jeffrey Wright


"Ich Bin Ein Manipulator" uses sharpie markers and white-out correctional fluid to manipulate the images that are used to manipulate the masses. Advertising and fashion magazine images are covered and altered to create a retaliation of absurd humour. The animators, Clare Rojas and Andrew Jeffrey Wright, seek to help us laugh and disregard the more hurtful aspects of the media. Enjoy.

The Very Thought of You (02:45)

By Karl Hunter


The artist is filmed each day holding up the front page of the daily newspaper.
He sings the song "The Very Thought of You" and as the song progresses, the lyrics of the song replace the words of the newspaper headlines.
The film utilises the pop song's sentimental take on romantic obsession in combination with an idea of the heroic cult of adversity.

The Ibero-American Trilogy - Bolivia 3: Confederation Next (15:00) By Martín Sastre


This futuristic trilogy by Uruguayan artist Martín Sastre shows us our own future as a flashback, beginning with the fall of Hollywood and extending to the creation of a new order.
"BOLIVIA 3: Confederation Next" takes us to the year 2876, and Tom Cruise is ready to tell us the History of the War for Fiction Control that started hundreds of years ago in Europe with a sword fight between Uruguayan/Sub-American artist, Martín Sastre and U.S./American Artist, Matthew Barney.


Habitat (08:30)

By Lars Arrhenius and Johannes Müntzing



In "Habitat" we follow nine people and a dog in a three-storey apartment building. An urban story, where the drama of the building mixes the ordinary and the absurd with humour and seriousness.

879 B&W (00:48)

879 Colour (01:23)

By J. Tobias Anderson



"879" is based upon 879 drawn still images from Alfred Hitchcock's classic "North by Northwest", redone into a transparent black and white version. The images that were chosen from the Swedish translation of the movie were replaced in chronological order, one frame per illustration, and through this a completely new expression and a new work is created.

And In the End (06:33)

By John O'Connell


Shot on sixteen millimetres the film opens onto a timeless arena. Uninhabited, this space evolves through the language of landscape. Weather systems are performed, strange acts occur and sounds trace unknown activities. As the form of the film evolves the severity of the weather increases and in its attempt for salvation the land struggles to reform through a series of tectonic acts.

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