Experimental 2

Sunday 19/03/2023 13:00 - 15:00 - Athens Animfest 2023 Official Screening
Monday 20/03/2023 01:00 - 03:00 - Athens Animfest 2023 Replay Screening
Total Duration: 01:50:21

  1. autopoiesis 04:29
  2. Greece 2022

    The “autopoiesis” project is an experimental approach that combines 3D Art with AI-Generated Art to create images of a "cosmic metaphor" that functions as a closed network of production processes, transformation, and destruction of optical elements, inherent in a perpetual cycle of life and death. Visual elements give birth to geometries and shapes forming a continuum that is interwoven with a sound composition based on algorithmic sound patterns, samples, and musique concrète.

  3. tears tears tears 11:57
  4. Poland 2022
    Directed by: Ewa Maria Wolska
    Dialogue language: English

    "tears tears tears" is an experimental stop-motion animation made only of water and light… an homage for human heart and all the emotions that make it beat, subtle or dramatic, stubborn or volatile... The process of creating the film lasted for 6 months and for its author it was a long meditative amd therapeutic process. Words written with frozen letters were melting under the eye of the camera for about 30 minutes, while on the screen they appear for a few or a dozen seconds, sometimes disappear in the blink of an eye or stay longer, repeat and repeat themselves.

  5. Be Gone 03:56
  6. China 2022
    Directed by: Sijia Luo
    Dialogue language: English

    Music animation for the song "Be Gone” by electronicore band KNIVESRAIN. By exploring the possibilities of combining AI-generated content with hand-drawn 2D animation, it tells a story of a mobile phone that experiences the plight of modern people in a serendipitous epiphany, learning what it means to be human between life and death.

  7. Voyager Birdman 05:00
  8. United States of America 2022
    Directed by: Gerald Habarth
    Technique: Rotoscope, Collage
    Dialogue language: English, Spanish

    A dream on a long dark highway. Voyager Birdman is a frame-by-frame experimental animation made from simple line drawings, rotoscoped video clips, and views of the highway filmed between Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Sounds of podcast voices, old radio programs, Nasa recordings and audio files sampled from those carried at this very moment by the Voyager space probes launched in the late 1970’s, merge with an unfolding stream of hand-drawn symbols, sketches, figures and fragmented views of the passing landscape. It attempts to capture the fleeting dynamics of thoughts, impulses and memories experienced on a long night’s drive - much like the virtual and untethered character of contemporary existence - and the lure of an interstellar connection.

  9. ESTUARY 03:20
  10. United States of America 2022
    Directed by: Warren Bass
    Screenplay: Warren Bass
    Animation: Warren Bass
    Production/School: Warren Bass

    ESTUARY is a sparse, meditational animation with some of the values and attributes of a visual haiku. Its images are loosely based on the Chesapeake Bay at the mouth of the James River. As an experimental work expressed through forms in motion, ESTUARY treats hand-drawn animation as an analog to dance and poetry. Concept, animation, and graphics by Warren Bass. TRT 3:20.

  11. Broadcasting from home 02:56
  12. Argentina 2022
    Directed by: Mariano Ramis
    Screenplay: Mariano Ramis
    Animation: Mariano Ramis
    Technique: Image transfer, photogrammetry, artificial intelligence
    Dialogue language: No Dialogue, text on screen
    Subtitles language: English

    Broadcasting from home, was created while reflecting about the perplexity of loss and the human desire to communicate with the afterlife. The video was manufactured using frame-by-frame analog transfer technique and digital post-production.

  13. Dehumanized / Entmenschlicht 00:47
  14. Germany 2021
    Directed by: Louis Brückner
    Dialogue language: No Dialogue

    "Dehumanized" is an experimental short film, in which the peace of the dead in a military cemetery is disturbed with loud war noises. The camera itself becomes a weapon. "The truth of war in a nutshell. Without words, but everything is said." Holger Janke, Pastor
  15. F r a g m e n t e d 01:22
  16. Greece 2023
    Directed by: Ioulia Lymperopoulou
    Screenplay: Ioulia Lymperopoulou
    Dialogue language: English

    I was inspired by my novel “The smudge” (Taxideftis-2021), seizing the opportunity to recreate on my story and characters and thus experimenting to enrich and deepen the already given material, in order to expand it to different levels. In a nutshell, the elements Ι played with were the fragments of thoughts, feelings and body, lost in the chaos of the human condition, trying to find their way out οf the labyrinth, in purpose of equilibration and restabilization. The body is used as an allegory, the house of psyche, where words, consciousness, unconsciousness, memory, experience are scattered and rediscovered in their wholeness. In this process, the connotated symbolism of death is conceived as restart and metamorphosis. Technically, fragmented images and phrases are clockwise seminated in the illustration, around the center and point of reference, as if trying to find their existential meaning by following the rhythm of life while struggling to become a complete entity. mp4 experimental short, silent

  17. they rise, these sponge fortresses / elles s’élèvent, ces forteresses éponges 07:13
  18. Canada 2022
    Directed by: Guillaume Vallée
    Screenplay: Guillaume Vallée
    Animation: Guillaume Vallée
    Technique: Paint and scratch on film
    Music: Stephanie Castonguay
    Dialogue language: No Dialogue, text on screen
    Subtitles language: English, French

    The cameraless animated short ''they rise, these sponge fortresses'' is made from a 35 mm trailer of the feature film ''Water Lilies'' (2007) by Céline Sciamma. Experimental filmmaker Guillaume Vallée explores and questions his sensory memory as a teenager, partially lost. This process of resuscitating buried experiences and forgotten memories is carried by the materiality of 35 mm film, the nature of the images filmed and the interventions of the filmmaker painting and scratching the film emulsion directly. In this reverse journey, the memory-images, the affects reveal their plasticity, their imperfections, their chaos, their sensuality and their significance. The soundtrack is by Stephanie Castonguay and the texts by author Gabrielle Boulianne-Tremblay.

  19. Omnipotent Resolution 09:20
  20. Iceland 2020
    Directed by: Uniqueness
    Screenplay: Uniqueness
    Music: Omnipotent Resolution by Uniqueness
    Production/School: Uniqueness

    This is a short film of the song, “Omnipotent Resolution”, from the band Uniqueness, with a conceptual theme called, reality in dreamscape.

  21. Fetuses 05:45
  22. Greece 2021
    Directed by: Sissy Barakari
    Screenplay: Sissy Barakari
    Animation: Sissy Barakari
    Production/School: Sissy Barakari
    Subtitles language: English

    In his book, "The Fall of Public Man", R.Sennet states that people nowadays sought to find personal meanings in impersonal situations and they are too close so as they can’t ensure a healthy social contact. The "fetuses" project attempts an unboxing of some of the imposed social conventions and behaviors, which are directly related to the satisfaction of the (real or apparent) needs of the individual. Under the guise of "intimacy", these conventions lead to the fragmentation of society into individuals who never manage to connect effectively. Individuals "come out" of their hypothetical boxes, but eventually they fail to communicate with each other like helpless fetuses trapped in the amniotic sac.
  23. LOOP-HOLE / 迴 洞 07:35
  24. Taiwan 2023
    Directed by: JI-SIAN WANG
    Screenplay: JI-SIAN WANG
    Animation: JI-SIAN WANG
    Technique: JI-SIAN WANG
    Production/School: National Taiwan University of Arts
    Dialogue language: No Dialogue
    Subtitles language: No Dialogue

    This film explores the phenomenon of collective trauma, emotion, and psychological stress. Calves are suffering; Mass killing is twisting the law of the universe. What has dominated all this and made us despair today? If the endless sacrifice of the innocent would become a hole in the universe, what would stop this keep going?
  25. Coming Attractions 02:29
  26. United States of America 2023
    Directed by: John Akre
    Dialogue language: English

    A trailer that ate itself premieres from inside of a popcorn box.
  27. slugs'n'tongues 04:52
  28. Austria 2022
    Dialogue language: English

    we are more-than-human within our microbial spacetimes we are heterotopia more-than-human relations The video is showing a fantasmatic parallel reality where multispecies morph between slugs and tongues like microbes while producing velar, uvular and glottal noises and performing love poems.

  29. The other 14:00
  30. Iran 2022
    Directed by: Negah Sohrabi
    Screenplay: Negah Sohrabi
    Dialogue language: Persian

    Farhad is a young historian who is hired by a widow to organize her deceased husband's diaries. During the process, he meets the old woman's neice and falls in love with her. Their romance takes an unexpected turn when Farhad realizes that he is, in fact, the old man born into a new body.

  31. The Dark Odyssey 2 - Ice Nexus 11:22
  32. United States of America 2022
    Directed by: Michael Lavine
    Screenplay: Michael Lavine
    Animation: Michael Lavine
    Technique: Stop Motion
    Music: Andy Partridge
    Production/School: Michael Lavine
    Dialogue language: made up
    Subtitles language: English

    A skeptical astronaut discovers a lost spaceship and gets tangled up in a dangerous journey to a mythical space-time portal, the Ice Nexus, in search of the Inventory of the Mind, essential knowledge for ending the Eternal War.

  33. Séance for Dead Horse Bay 02:19
  34. United States of America 2022
    Directed by: Meredith Drum
    Screenplay: Meredith Drum
    Animation: Meredith Drum
    Technique: Meredith Drum
    Music: Andrea Williams
    Dialogue language: English

    Séance for Dead Horse Bay is the result of an unbridled mashup of impulses, affinities, and collaborations. First it is a tribute to the non-human ghosts living across New York City’s industrial waterways and specifically references the history of Brooklyn’s Dead Horse Bay. Through the 19th century and into the early 20th, the bay was a dumping ground for bodies from neighboring horse rendering plants that manufactured glue and fertilizer. Second the animation is a tribute to Muybridge’s Animal Locomotion studies from the 1880s and the development of cinema out of the love of horses, money, and the science of vision in relation to the American imaginary of limitless resources. Third it showers love on Shirley Clarke’s Bridges-Go-Round. Forth it is a product of Albena Baeva’s Solidarity Machine, an AI instruction device that builds on Fluxus scores that question received notions of belonging, order and hierarchy. Finally, Séance for Dead Horse Bay is a collaboration with composer Andrea Williams, whose score invites all the witches.
  35. Planets and robots 05:32
  36. Lithuania 2023
    Directed by: Julius Zubavičius, Antanas Skucas
    Screenplay: Artificial Intelligence
    Animation: Antanas Skucas
    Technique: Artificial Intelligence
    Music: Julius Zubavicius
    Production/School: Julius Zubavicius, Antanas Skučas
    Dialogue language: English
    Subtitles language: English

    Film is generated by AI for humans. Don’t worry humans are creative and better than AI. You are the ones who will always have the upper hand, because you have the ability to imagine, to feel, to love. Thank you for existing. IDEA: We want to highlight the changes in artistic self expression of humanity. Exponentially more capable AI tools are replacing countless hours of artististic labor with a prompted result almost instantly. Ever increasing ability to mimic human behaviour creates daunting and curious, sometimes funny results. This film is an imprint in time, a documentation of this technology in its infancy stage. Interestingly enough it's already not easy to decipher AI art from that of a human artist. This is portrayed through AI generated visual art and narrative bult from conversations with it. Film is made to create a natural curiosity about this technology and its relationship with human. Technical information: All images were generated by AI, but animated by human(after effects). Text were generated by AI and adopted to fit idea. Some part of music are also generated by Ai, but mostly composed by Julius Zubavičius.

  37. Miles Davis - “What’s Love Got to Do With It” 04:21
  38. United States 2022
    Directed by: Irina Rubina
    Production/School: Irina Rubina
    Dialogue language: No Dialogue

    Star People strolling through the night. Each of them alone, in their own dance, accompanied by shiny flowing waves. Those small sparkling dashes can lead them out of the darkness into surrealistic, mysterious and cheerful scenery, if everything goes right…

  39. Progress 01:46
  40. Russia 2022
    Directed by: Saule Matvienko
    Screenplay: Saule Matvienko
    Animation: Saule Matvienko
    Technique: Hand-drawn
    Music: Nikita Meshcheryakov
    Production/School: Nikolay Makovsky
    Dialogue language: No Dialogue

    The genesis, growth, and progress of the line in Paul Klee's painting.

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