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Abstract Showcase (15*)

London International Animation Festival 2018

'Bird Milk', part of LIAF's Abstract Showcase

Our annual survey of abstract and experimental animation.

Animators working in this field employ every technique from hand-drawn ‘musical scores’ all the way across the scale to high definition, computer assisted image making. These films share a pure love of animated movement and an artist’s eye for filling the screen, harnessing colour and creating non-narrative imagery.

* = Locally classified by The City of London Corporation


Until we Coleidescape
Harmonic oscillations, created hand in hand with sound and diffraction glasses. A colourful kaleidoscope of abstract animation loops.
Austria 2017 Dir Reinhold Bidner 4 min

Bird Milk
The magnified details of inks, stencils, and printed media. 
Canada 2018 Dir Christopher Strickler 4 min

String of Sound
Human mouth noises and a single piece of string.
USA 2017 Dir John Morena 1 min

Sun Zoom Spark
The magnetic sun looms over lonely water towers and hidden spaces under a highway overpass. Inspired by the song “Sun Zoom Spark” by Captain Beefheart.
USA 2017 Dir Gina Kamentsky 2 min

Max Planck
Dilate your eyes and enjoy. A pulsating cornucopia of visual delights.
UK 2017 Dir Jonathan Gillie 3 min

Not My Type
The history of typography, print media and a mosquito.
Switzerland 2017 Dir Gerd Gockell 3 min

On the track of a velodrome, a cyclist starts his race.
France 2017 Dir Bastien Dupriez 4 min

Serene objects, shapes and spheres gently collide in a celestial world.
Poland 2017 Dir Aga Jarzab 3min

Exploring the relationship between sound and picture, and the two lights (twi-light) found inside of film projectors.
Canada 2018 Dir Richard Reeves 2min

A film of stone and light – just stone and light.
Switzerland/UK 2017 Dir Paul Bush 6min

Divisional Articulations
Fuzzy analogue music and geometric digital animation collide in an electronic feedback loop spawning arrays of divisional articulations in time and space.
Hong Kong 2017 Dir Max Hattler 4 min

A subtle and softened x-ray tinted journey through an opaque, undescribable stratosphere.
Japan 2017 Dir Rina Okada 4 min

A one-minute history of image distortions
We see the machinery of image projection fail all the time. What happens when art steps in and takes over the process?
Germany 2017 Dir Betina Kuntzsch 1 min

Chante en Couleur
A caravan of experimental imagery created from reaching deep in the soundtrack area of analogue film stock.
Australia 2017 Dir Dirk de Bruyn 4 min

An increasingly astounding patchwork quilt unfolds as the earth from the air provides more and more creative inspiration.
USA 2017 Dir Maria Ferreira 6 min

Small Things Moving in Unison
Perforations made directly into 16mm black leader –the effect of retarding motion.
UK 2018 Dir Vicky Smith 5min

Home (A portrait of New York City)
A portrait of New York City in three parts.
USA 2017 Dir John Morena 2min

Retro-futuristic structures proliferate and pulsate to synthetic baroque music. Geometric grandeur with maximum opulence. 
France 2017 Dir Mirai Mizue 5min

Barbican Cinema 2