Anyone who haunted flash animation sites in the early noughties such as Newgrounds (which sat in a very subversive/nerdy corner of the internet), will most likely be familiar with David Firth; creator of Salad Fingers, Burnt Face Man, Jerry Jackson etc…
Firth’s animations are intended to “tickle the weird gland”, and sit somewhere between the absurd and the bizarre, often featuring a streak of divisive and irreverent black humour delivered with a Yorkshire accent.
‘Cream’ was released earlier this year is his probably his most polished short yet. Firth’s work really has a bit of the Marmite factor, but even if it’s not to your taste, its still a great example of a fully fleshed-out dystopian film made purely from Photoshop collage and After Effects!
Hagazussa is a haunting film about witchcraft set in the 15th century Austria by Berlin-based Lukas Feigelfeld. It is a horror film as much as it is an homage to the films of Andrei Tarkovsky. Its shown as part of the London Film Festival on Sunday and Monday.
London is now full of filmmakers coming to show off their work! Some gain more popularity further on in the year for example Moonlight which was shown last year in London had no popularity but became a big player in the academy awards, Here is a list of tickets and films that you can see before the general public!
A lovely short by Japanese director and animator Satoshi Kon, showing the mind catching up to the body in the moments after waking up. If this little film has piqued your curiosity, Every Frame a Painting has put together an enjoyable and concise study into his work and exquisite editing skills…
Unit 24, Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL
Cinematic Essays brings together nine short films by students in Unit 24 at Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, which is taught by Penelope Haralambidou, Simon Kennedy (until 2016) and Michael Tite.
The films rethink architecture’s relationship to time, connect to its history and grasp glimpses of its future. Combining digital filmmaking with architectural proposition, these cinematic musings bridge theory with practice and design with commentary. By introducing empathy and immersion, the films are able to unlock the storytelling, political and philosophical potential of architectural design. They promote an affective relationship with built form, where space becomes ‘alive’ and the architect/filmmaker as well as the audience/viewer more closely identifies with the building.
Unit 24 a research laboratory making the most out of recent advancements in digital technology that have brought the disciplines of film and architecture closer than ever before. The films are organised in three sub-categories:
Cinematic essay cities
Kairo Baden-Powell, Fictional Constructs, 2014; Finbar Fallon, Subterranean Singapore, 2016; Azizul Hoque, Whalemart City, 2016.
Cinematic essay buildings
Brook TJ Lin, An Anatomical Embassy, 2016; Emir Tigrel, Vestigial Landscapes, 2015; Angeliki Vasileiou, Weaving the Ineffable, 2015.
Cinematic essay landscapes
Nico Czyz, The Long Now Foundation, 2016; Stefanos Levidis, The Embassy of the Displaced, 2016; Ed Mascarenhas, Barbecana, 2014.
Cinematic Essays is curated by Penelope Haralambidou and Michael Tite and designed by TJ Brook Lin and Luke Scott.
With special thanks to Matthew Bowles and Nick Westby.
This exhibition is kindly supported by the Architecture Project Fund, Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL.
7-10 June 2017
The Bargehouse OXO Tower
London SE1 9GY
7.Wed / 9.Fri / 10.Sat – 11:00 to 18:00
8.Thursday – 11:00 to 23:00