New Shorts: Animation Variety Show

Saturday, 15 January 2022

15-01-22 Animation Variety Show at ICA

Image: Library of Paradise, Garden of Pain, Christopher Childs, 2021

Our annual animation selection continues to colour outside the lines. These animations are bold, political, hilarious and irreverent miniatures of the modern condition, drawing lines between agency, purpose and dissidence. The films attest to the ability of animation to depict the abstract and complex human experience in fascinating new ways. These characters may only exist on paper, but their emotions, predicaments and sentiments are entirely #relatable.


Curated by Emma Bouraba

Saturday, 15 January 2022

21:00

FILM FOUND

FILM FOUND

Claudia Munksgaard-Palmqvist

3'

2021

Denmark

Look at a mistake that is not human. Be present in the uncontrollable intervention of the material. Between control and chance, surface and void a film will (perhaps) be found.

Due to legal reasons this Film is called Breaking Bert

Due to legal reasons this Film is called Breaking Bert

Anne Isensee

5'

2021

Germany

How far does the self-determination of a cartoon character go? An animated „lehrstück“ in black and white.

Where Are You Really From?

Where Are You Really From?

Will Kim

2'

2021

United States

"Where Are You Really From?" is about the filmmaker's personal experience of receiving countless, repetitive, and racist comments living in America as an Asian American. It is the filmmaker's hope that people stop the Asian hate, systemic racism, and stereotypes. 

Bardo

Bardo

Aisling Conroy

4'

2021

Ireland

A woman questions her lifestyle choices when the travails of urban living are one day jolted into juxtaposition with a simpler way of life.

Gyroscope

Gyroscope

Gabriel Böhmer

3:11

2021

United Kingdom

A young child finds magic and adventure when searching for a mysterious gyroscope in his grandparents' home. Created for Olovson, the new solo project by Grammy Award winning producer Jacob Olofsson.

All Those Sensations in My Belly

All Those Sensations in My Belly

Marko Djeska

13'

2021

Croatia

While transitioning from male to female gender, Matia struggles with finding a genuine intimate relationship with a heterosexual man.

Library of Paradise, Garden of Pain

Library of Paradise, Garden of Pain

Christopher Childs

3'

2021

United Kingdom

In a luscious garden, a sickly man is cared for by a group of strange librarians.

Amayi

Amayi

Subarna D

5'

2021

India

Amayi is a story of a woman who is haunted by nightmares of her past and her possible future of becoming the next village circumciser. When she is asked to take up the job and circumcise her daughter, she realizes she can't conform to the traditions and the customs of her community, she must fight back.

The Things Around Us

The Things Around Us

Magdalena Kreps

3'

2021

Germany

My mother collects things. Now I understand, she is a memory collector.
A hand-drawn animated short-film, in which I explore my relationship with my mother and her belongings. 

Melancolia

Melancolia

Alina Popescu

4'

2021

Romania

Change is something that comes whether you search for it or not. When a nymph loses her ability to fly, the change that was forced upon her requires a complete transformation: she must let go of her yearning for the past and become something new, a being unconstrained by the limitations of her past.

Parked

Parked

Yoon Hei Cho

4'

2021

United States

An incident of an inconvenient attack at a parking lot. Panic attacks sometimes strike at unexpected moments. The film includes representations of having your internal consciousness struggle to get out of an inescapable internal torture chamber while your physical self remains paralysed.

Murmur

Murmur

Shannon Silva

1'

2021

United States

A faint sound typically signaling disease or damage to the heart. A rumor.

Family Tape

Family Tape

Wei-Chia Wu

7'

2021

Taiwan

High saturation and collage-textured characters popping up from the screen with unexpected landscapes and sonic space constructing with Chinese pop music, soap operas, news edit, and distorted scoring, the video presents a common unconsciousness mental space of human being. Every character in the series is looking for something, chasing after something, waiting for something, or, trapped in something, creating a reflection of our daily contemporary emotion state. Family tape aims to provide a platform where adults and children can share different emotional formats in short narratives.

Geisha L.O.V.E.

Geisha L.O.V.E.

Mike V. Derderian

8'

2021

Jordan

Geisha L.O.V.E. is a day in the life of a graffiti artist and her robot protector / companion set in 2155.

The action takes place within the span of 24 hours in Delphipolis, a futuristic city brought about by political upheavals and economic unrest in 2155.

Geisha paints slogans for freedom writers in this country, where graffiti is punishable by death. Geisha L.O.V.E. is a tough, no nonsense woman. A renegade graffiti artist in a dystopian world, where graffiti has become the only way to spread the word; and claim the city.