Abstract Iterations

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    'Abstract Iterations' is an abstract experimental short animation, site-specific, designed for the three-channel media façade of MSU: Museum of Contemporary Art Zagreb, screening in ‘Animation goes MSU!’ at the prestigious ‘Animafest Zagreb World Festival of Animated Film’ (2015). 'Abstract Iterations' explores abstract form and colour, innovating upon the heritage of direct-on-film ‘camera-less’ animation techniques (from Lye, McLaren, Brakhage to Woloshen) by transposing the handmade aesthetic to digital processes applied to new media. 'Abstract Iterations' appropriates the image of the iconic painting ‘Black Square’ (1915) by suprematist artist K. Malevich, exhibited a century ago as radical avant-garde statement on visual abstraction. Abstract Iterations aims to re-invent the image as ironic visual experiment in abstraction and the ‘appropriated’ square through animation.
    It builds upon Schmid’s experimentation with “abstract marks made by a digital pen … aiming at a handmade aesthetic” cited by G. Bendazzi (2015) and exterior public space screenings of ‘Interior and Coincidence hybrid animation at SICAF on Media Canvas’ (2014). 'Abstract Iterations' was one of sixteen animations selected through international competition by MSU and Animafest (2015). Through public space screening, it seeks to influence audiences’ perception and aesthetic experience of abstract animation. The work was developed further into one-screen cinematic films 'Abstract Iterations II' (2015) and 'Abstract Iterations III' (2016) which subsequently screened at further highly regarded international events.
    The practice results from research on the influence of abstraction in art on early artist-filmmakers (e.g. Fischinger), concepts of ‘purist animation’ (Moritz, 1988) parallel to abstraction in art (Blazwick, 2015) and their legacies discernible in contemporary short animations. Research was disseminated at international symposium presentations: 'Malevich Re-animated' (Punto Y Raya Academy 2015) including a curated programme of recent animations adopting Malevich’s ‘square’ as their visual iconography (filmmakers Kynd, Vermette, Subotnik et al.) and 'Innovations in Abstract Animation' (Animafest, Scanner II, 2015).
    Original languageEnglish
    Media of outputFilm
    Size3-channel digital
    Publication statusPublished - 26 May 2015
    Event'Animation goes MSU!’ at ‘Animafest Zagreb – World Festival of Animated Film' (2015): part of ‘Animafest Zagreb – World Festival of Animated Film 2015’ - MSU: Museum of Contemporary Art Zagreb, Zagreb, Croatia
    Duration: 26 May 201512 Jun 2015


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