Experimenting with animation technologies has forever been a critical aspect of our visual landscape, and, in this spirit, innovative film and video makers continue to create generations of art that change how we perceive and conceive. Densely rich in form, this programme of shorts takes us through a visual panoramic journey, from deck-to-deck editing to the most sophisticated investigations into new media.
Junebum Park | 2005 | 3 min | Video | South Korea | Toronto Premiere
Junebum Park’s transparent construction draws together the physical relationship between technology and architectural landscape. Through methodical interaction, his tactile engagement with photography and video redefines our connections to space and object.
Junebum Park has shown his new media work internationally, and has recently exhibited at Festival LOOP Barcelona, 29th Norwegian Short Film Festival Grimstad, and Festival Du Nouveau Cinema, Montreal. His work has also been shown at Experimental Vanishing Point Australian National Tour, Australia; Projected Realities, Asia Society New York; and Techniques of the Visible, Shanghai Biennale.
Jay Shih | 2006 | 15 min | Video | Taiwan | Canadian Premiere
From the point of view of vehicles travelling over various bridges in and out of Taipei, single-frame, slow-motion, and fast-motion effects are used to freely explore the city streets. Between rapid, fluid camerawork and detailed single-frame stills, Shih captures the luscious dynamics of Taipei and its inhabitants. Contemplating the transitions between analogue and digital filmmaking, this work examines time, movement and urban space.
Born in 1960, Jay Shih graduated with a master’s degree in computer graphics from the New York Institute of Technology in 1992. Returning to Taiwan, he created several stop-motion animations that won the prestigious Golden Harvest Animation Competition Award. Since 2004, he has been teaching at the Department of Multimedia and Animation Arts of National Taiwan University of Arts. He also works as a freelance animation director for Asian MTV and Star TV Channel in Hong Kong.
Howie Shia | 2006 | 6 min | Video | Canada | World Premiere
A series of animated character portraits based on the history and myth of world cultures, Howie Shia’s animations include Man on a Blustery Day, Dragon (I), The Clown, the Giant, & the Magician, Izzy Shakespeare, and World’s Greatest Child Actor. These shorts were initially animated on behalf of the United Nations Human Settlements Programme to celebrate and promote the third UN World Urban Forum.
Howie Shia is a freelance animator and illustrator who has worked for the UN-Habitat, the NFB, YMCA, Nike, Maisonneuve magazine, Exclaim!, and more. A Chalmers Award nominee and recipient of the Vtape Video Art Award, Shia is now nearing completion on Flutter, a co-production between PPF House and the NFB.
John E. Lee | 2005 | 4 min | Video | Canada/Korea
This film brings together two mountain ranges that stand on either side of the Korean division. While the Korean border remains heavily guarded, politically separating one nation from the other, John Lee’s landscapes cross boundaries and redefine territory through scenic imagery.
John E. Lee’s practice explores the eroding nature of the boundaries that form place. Through drawing, photographic and cinematic means, his work elaborates upon the interconnectivity within this discourse. In 2005, he completed his MFA in the U.K. and returned to Canada to continue his endeavours in art and teaching. Recent exhibitions include Festival Acces Asie, Montréal; International Video Art Festival, Aichi Expo, Nagoya, Japan; and Greenbelt Festival, Cheltenham, U.K.
Heesoo Kim | 2005 | 8 min | 8mm | Canada
Through experimental hand processing and layered images, Reminiscent meditates on recurring thoughts and memories. Cycling through emotions, Heesoo Kim uses raw methods and crude material to provoke feelings of calmness, frustration and passion.
Heesoo Kim is a Korean-Canadian filmmaker/ producer who resides in Toronto. She has produced various film/video pieces as well as multichannel video installations. She is currently studying at the Ontario College of Art and Design.
Takahiro Hayakawa | 2004 | 9 min | Format TK | Japan
Drawing its inspiration from the three related concepts of “anima”,”animation” and “animism”, this spectacular flurry of shapes and colours is the result of generative animation, a technique in which part of the animation is left to autonomous processes of the computer.
Philip Jonlin Lee | 2006 | 5 min | Video | Canada | World Premiere
Meditating on the real, small hints of life, Phil Lee’s new work Asturd takes a long look at something seemingly unimportant.
Philip Jonlin Lee is based in Toronto and London, U.K. He is a graduate of the Goldsmiths College Fine Art programme (2004) where he completed his M.A. He completed his undergraduate studies in 2001 at the University of Toronto specializing in visual studies and a major in fine art history. He is a founder and active member of the Toronto-based video collective 640 480.
Meesoo Lee | 2006 | 4 min | Video | Canada | Toronto Premiere
The Storm appropriates footage from a nature documentary, transforming it into a music video. Set to a song by blackavar (aka Laura Cartwright), The Storm uses the predator/prey chase scene to create a dramatic yet minimalist video.
Inspired by the DIY ethos of ’zines, ‘lo-fi’ music and underground cinema, Meesoo Lee started making short videos with a camcorder and two VCRs. His practice examines the form and history of video technologies. Using what media is accessible, he often leaves his transitions raw and untreated.
Takeshi Murata | 2006 | 11 min | Video | USA | Canadian Premiere
Takeshi Murata employs precise digital processing to create astonishing hallucinatory visions. In Untitled (Silver), Murata subjects a snippet of footage from a vintage horror film (Mario Bava’s 1960 Mask of Satan, with Barbara Steele) to his exacting, almost violent digital manipulations. The seething black and white imagery constantly decomposes and reconstitutes, slipping seductively between abstraction and recognition, while the Rorschach-like fields of colour, form and motion push the boundaries of digitally manipulated psychedelia. With a powerfully sensual force expressed in videos, loops, installations, and electronic music, Murata’s synaesthetic experiments in hypnotic perception appear at once seductively organic and totally digital. Soundtrack: Robert Beatty, Ellen Molle.
Takeshi Murata was born in 1974 in Chicago, Ill. He graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1997 with a B.F.A. in film/video/animation. Murata has exhibited at Peres Projects, L.A.; Gavin Brown’s Enterprise, New York; Eyebeam, New York, FACT Centre, Liverpool, U.K.; the Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati (all 2004), New York Underground Film Festival, Smack Mellon (2005), and Deitch Projects (2005). Murata lives and works in upstate New York.