Mirror Moves for Private Eyes; Alice Cohen; 13.42; animation: digi
Animation exploring the idea of the Mirror as a psychic receptor; a magical portal to visionary and ecstatic states, thru self-reflection and visualization. The ritual use of beauty tools such as make-up, hair brushes, perfume, and other trans-formative implements, are infused with a symbolic charge. Spaces of movie theaters with lit-up marquees, and boudoirs with mysterious dressing tables, act as portals as well – power sites where time is fluid, and past and future co-exist. Auras of glamour, artifice and fantasy are used in a hypnotic, meditative way, creating pathways towards transcendence and personal gnosis.
Pursuit; Ariane Loze; 7.00; Digi
Loze is the director, camerawoman, scenarist, editor and plays all the actors parts. The edit constructs a relation-ship between different characters and the architecture that surrounds them. By reducing the means to a minimum, one actress and a camera, the spectator has to use their imagination to construct the story and to over-come the artificiality of this recomposed image of reality.
Standstill; Angeliki Malakasioti; 8.21; Digi
This video explores the architecture of ‘stillness’ in its physical, notional and emotional dimensions; a lonesome point of view – the distorted time of a pause – the lubricity of endurance — a cordial halt between sleeping and unsleeping. It attempts to delve into the faulty experience of an intimate standstill, its ethereal but disquieting atmosphere and the unearthly fears inhabiting it. Alice’s Red Queen was tangled in a running-to-stand-still effort to keep her present alive. Being life-like in deep stillness can be as erroneous as the motion-and-quiescence erotic battle. One cannot but violate the intensity of a deep pause by ‘rebooting’ himself and living again. All elements are underpinned by a theoretical, but still intimate, approach of the idea of ‘stillness’, in its conceptual, spatial and psychological dimensions.
Sacred; Tammy A Kinsey; 16.18; digi
A digital video piece that examines the concept of Meaning in our contemporary world. Sacred explores visual notions of reverence through natural and man-made environments, from the commercial and flashy to the organic and sublime. Light, memory and time are components of the filmmaker’s journey. As the artist travels from West to East geographically, she moves from the colors of Hollywood to those of her ancestral home. The piece simultaneously investigates the relationship between digital and traditional means of imaging and representation. What is sacred has always been that which is simple and comforting, evocative of a sense of belonging- reminder of our place in the world.
Chiros; Melanie Crean; 7.50; digi
Chiros is based on interviews with HIV+ women speaking about how their perception of time has changed since becoming positive. There can be an urgency related to chronological time: days are governed by medication schedules and the pursuit of goals in a race against their body. This is often punctuated by welcomed interruptions from Chiros, a perceived suspension of time during happy occasions, as when one loses oneself in moments with friends and family. The experimental documentary contrasts the women’s descriptions of struggle with shimmering animated compositions, that embody not only the complexities of their personalities, but the different forms of time they are grappling with.
teNtaCles of DiMenSions; Nandita Kumar; 14.00; mini DV
Tentacles of Dimensions is a journey of a brain that decides to unplug its cultural programming(or awakens to the fact of constant programming), and purely indulges in the senses. It accepts it sexuality and duality of existence and evolves with each painful birth. It goes through acceptance of life as it is, in its naturalness, and lives in its totality. This journey is the unlearning of fear and prejudices, and progressing past fragmentation and the acceptance of love. It is within this body of blood, flesh and bones is hidden that is beyond the body. In the form lives the formless; in the visible lives the invisible.