Lichtspiel: Contemporary Abstract Animation and Visual Music
This ravishing “play of light” explores rhythmic abstractions in the cinematic tradition of Oskar Fischinger and visual music animation. The centerpiece of the program is the Los Angeles debut of Joost Rekveld’s #37 (Netherlands, 2009, 31 min., 35mm CinemaScope), a stunningly beautiful study of the propagation and diffraction of light through crystalline structures. Sure to bend more than a few minds, the lineup also offers award-winning animated shorts from around the world, most of which are screening in L.A. for the first time. Featured artists include Scott Draves, Robert Seidel, Steven Woloshen, Bärbel Neubauer, Thorsten Fleisch, Bret Battey, Michael Scroggins, Samantha Krukowski, Mondi, Devon Damonte, Scott Nyerges, Vivek Patel and Yusuke Nakajima. Plus the final film by the late CGI wizard Richard “Doc” Baily.
The program showcases a variety of animation techniques, from handmade cameraless (handpainted, taped and scratched) films to traditional drawn animation to microphotography and state of the art computer graphics. Visual music styles are just as varied, with some artists like Draves and Baily writing their own code to realize their visions, while others drawn inspiration from the pioneering work of Fischinger or the cosmic meditations of Jordan Belson.
In person: Joost Rekveld, Michael Scroggins, Devon Damonte, Samantha Krukowski and Yusuke Nakajima.
REDCAT site: http://www.redcat.org/event/lichtspiel
Advance program notes: http://www.redcat.org/sites/redcat.org/files/Lichtspiel_Web3_CSL.pdf