Abstract Iterations II

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    Abstract

    Abstract Iterations II is an experimental abstract film developed from the author’s earlier Abstract Iterations (2015) adapted and re-designed for cinema. It explores concepts of cinematic painting that have antecedents in historical animations (Menzies, 2014, 2015) and the ‘visual music’ genre, experimental animation and abstraction. Abstract Iterations II innovates upon direct-on-film techniques through its process of painting abstract forms and collaging on 35mm film, then digitally scanned, processed and manipulated for digital cinema format. Abstract Iterations II premiered at the ‘London International Animation Festival 2015’, selected for the ‘Abstract Showcase’ international competition programme, in context of experimental animations by eighteen key filmmakers in the niche abstract genre (Kamentsky, Subotnick, Kynd, de Bruyn, Burrus.) Abstract Iterations II went on to screen at a further ten prestigious international animation film festivals and recently in retrospective exhibitions: it was selected for the ‘British Short Film Panorama’ presented at the international ‘Punto Y Raya Festival 2018’ at ‘CeTA’ and in the ‘Abstract Animation Created By Women Within The Context Of The Monochrome Neutral Gender Exhibition’ at contemporary art venues in Spain. Research investigated the genre of cinematic abstraction (Keefer, 2012) and ‘visual music’ contextualised by contemporary practice (artists Hattler, Schwartz, Semiconductor) that resulted in two alternative audio compositions being applied to the animation. To explore the relation between abstract imagery and audio, Abstract Iterations II was animated to an original location recording by Paris-based sound recordist Des Coulam, where random sounds, conversations fragments and music merge in order to evoke auditory-visual associations. Conversely, the same visual animation plays in Abstract Iterations III where an original electronic music audio track was composed after the animation by Australian-based Paul Fletcher, to evoke abstracted narrative drama. Both films are represented in ‘PyR TV Online Platform & Media Library’ a selective film collection of ‘abstract art in motion’.
    Original languageEnglish
    Media of outputFilm
    Size4 minutes 21 seconds, HD 1920 x 1080p
    Publication statusPublished - 5 Dec 2015
    EventLondon International Animation Festival 2015 - Barbican Cinemas, Beech Street EC2Y 8AE, London, United Kingdom
    Duration: 4 Dec 201512 Dec 2015
    http://www.liaf.org.uk/2015/09/liaf-2015-abstract-showcase-15/

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    Schmid, S. (Author). (2015). Abstract Iterations II. Digital or Visual Products