Animation Station is back for a second screening with a collection of short animations from the 70s & 80s by three European artists and filmmakers: Jan Švankmajer (born 1934 in Czech), Zbigniew Rybczyński (born 1949 in Poland) and Lolo Zazar (born 1958 in Paris).
Time: 15:00 – 17:00 Thursday June 10, 2010
Location: Goethe Film Screening room
Jan Švankmajer is well known for his surreal and often disturbing and aggressive animations and featres, which have greatly influenced other artists such as Tim Burton, Terry Gilliam and many others. He has gained a reputation over several decades for his distinctive use of stop-motion technique, and his ability to make surreal, nightmarish and yet somehow funny pictures. Švankmajer’s trademarks include very exaggerated sounds – often creating a very strange effect in all eating scenes (as in ‘Dimensions of Dialogues’), fast-motion editing – especially when people walk or interact (as in ‘The Flat’) and inanimate objects coming alive and being brought to life through stop-motion (as in ‘Meat Love’).
One of Zbigniew Rybczyński’s top achievements to date has been the 1982 American Film Academy Oscar award in the Best Short Feature Cartoon category for ‘Tango’. This is a prime example of Rybczyński’s early works in which he experimented with the synchronization of picture and music, with time and space, and with human perception. Rybczyński, who considers the human perception of the world limited and relative, constantly looks for ways to find a new point of view and tries portray a better and different way of seeing via his films. The stories of Rybczyński’s films are either extremely basic, next to none, or, conversely, complicated as dream visions, like in his later works, which we will present later in the series.
Lolo Zazar is an artist, writer, actor and director of shorts and shorts series specially for Canal+ and France 2. What presented here are two of his early animations made in the 80s, both of which explore the endless possibilities of stop-motion and use everyday objects and situations as the cores of the films. In ‘Dernière edition’, a man grapples with everyday objects and eventually turns into an object himself. ‘Bizar Bagar’ is a black and white animation about a violent encounter between two urban drivers.
The screening is non-profit and aims for studies and research only.
Following the screening is Q&A session.
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