Organizers of the Edge of Frame Weekend will present an eye-opening lineup of screenings and discussions focused on experimental animation next month as part of the London International Animation Festival. The event runs December 9-11 at Whitechapel Gallery and Close-Up Cinema.
Visitors can expect a bold blend of contemporary British and international films, classic works and rarely seen pieces of experimental animation history in two programs curated by Edge of Frame’s Edwin Rostron. The festival also includes a guest-curated set from Chicago’s Eyeworks Festival of Experimental Animation co-directors Lilli Carré and Alexander Stewart.
Rostron and Stewart will introduce screenings, and a number of filmmakers will be present to discuss their work.
Edge of Frame Weekend will kick off Friday, Dec. 9 with an Animation Seminar at Whitechapel Gallery from 2 to 5 p.m., with artists, curators and writers addressing the current position of experimental animation. Tickets available here.
Edge of Frame Weekend 2016 Programs:
Fri. Dec. 9 at 8 p.m. | Close-Up Cinema
Using the material of film itself as a canvas, these visceral, vibrant films feature camera-less techniques such as scratching, painting and printing onto the filmstrip, subjecting film to decay and decomposition, and affixing materials such as letraset or insects to its surface. The remarkable visions created through these diverse approaches fill the frame with dynamic textures and color, many presented on 16mm and 35mm prints.
Films: Linear Dreams (Richard Reeves, Canada, 2012), Queen’s Quay (Stephen Broomer, Canada, 2012), Landfill 16 (Jennifer Reeves, USA, 2011), Something Between Us (Jodie Mack, U.S., 2015), Mothlight (Stan Brakhage, U.S., 1963), Dresden Dynamo (Lis Rhodes, U.K., 1971-1972), Primal (Vicky Smith, U.K., 2016), Sunset Strip (Kayla Parker, U.K., 1996), Deep Red (Esther Urlus, Netherlands, 2012), Get Set (Ian Helliwell, U.K., 2005), Colour Poems (Margaret Tait, U.K., 1974), Little Boy (Jordan Baseman, U.K., 2016)
Sat. Dec. 10, 11:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. | Whitechapel Gallery
From bold personal visions to intricate and visually stunning formal experiments, mixing contemporary animation by British and international artists with classic and rarely seen historical works, the program reveals connections and threads running through the many forms of experimental animation.
Films include: Soft Crash (Alan Warburton, U.K., 2016), Mind Frame (Jake Fried, U.S., 2016), Nightclub (Jonathan Hodgson, U.K., 1983), More Dangerous Than a Thousand Rioters (Kelly Gallagher, U.S., 2016), Easyout (Pat O’Neill, U.S., 1971) and Futon (Yoriko Mizushiri, Japan, 2012).
Sun. Dec. 11 | Close-Up Cinema
Acclaimed artists, filmmakers, designers, animators and curators, Carré and Stewart have each created unique and substantial bodies of work, utilizing a diverse range of techniques including drawn, digital, photocopied and computer generated animation. This final program is an opportunity to see a selection of their extraordinary moving image works, produced individually and collaboratively.
The Edge of Frame Weekend is curated by Edge of Frame and Animate Projects. It is supported by Jerwood Charitable Foundation, Royal College of Art, and public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.