My film “Inner Space Artifacts” has been selected to screen at Fest Anca
The International animation festival Fest Anča was first mentioned back in 2008 and since the start it has been located in what used to be an ancient settlement and currently is an industrial regional city called Žilina, lying on the North-West of Slovakia. Since the very beginning, the event is connected with the cultural centre Stanica Žilina-Záriečie and is being carried out during the extended weekend after the summer solstice. The festival, tagged as hot and cool at the same time doesn’t spread out red carpets, however the festival’s archives are full of interesting international guests. Cautiously selected short animated films from all around the world compete for the precious trophys: Anča Award, Anča Music Video Award, Anča Student Award, Anča Kids’Award, Anča D Award.
The top animated films, side by side with antiquarian, foreign and ever interesting animated bitts and pieces are brought to Slovakia thanks to Fest Anča. The program is also devoted to lectures, workshops, discussions with film directors, concerts and exhibitions.
This multimedia festival, since its start has been way ahead from just showing films, it brings inspiration from other media, such as visual arts, VJ-ing, computer games, puppet theatre, internet applications, mapping, new media et cetera. That is what makes the festival famous behind the borders of Slovakia, which is attested by the partnership with European organisation Cartoon in organising the Cartoon East Award, or by Fest Anča’s membership within the coalition of Eastern European festivals.
Another speciality, which makes the festival irresistible to visit personally is the informal atmosphere in the open-air space, camping area right next to the festival happening and designer market stalls.
This year my film “Inner Space Artifacts” will be playing at the Currents New Media Festival in Santa Fe, NM, June 12-18
About the festival-
Parallel Studios ( a 501(c)(3) non-profit ) has been producing, curating and designing small and large scale currents video exhibitions in Santa Fe since 2002. In 2010 we launched CURRENTS: Santa Fe International New Media Festival as an annual, citywide event. The Festival brings together the work of established, unrecognized and emerging New Media artists, from New Mexico, the US and the world, for events showcasing interactive and fine art video installations, multimedia performances, single channel video, animation, digital dome programs, experimental documentary,web based/app art forms, architectural mapping, the oculus rift, robotics and 3D printing. Parallel Studios reaches out to local high and middle school students through its Youth Media Makers Program. All events and programs are free.
While New Media Arts embody the basic motivations and intentions of all the fine arts, their distinctive use of technologies that are pervasive in 21st Century culture, make New Media Art a bridge between contemporary art and the general public. The Festival introduces the public to new technology molded by artists into vehicles for expression and the communication of ideas, broadening the definition of 21st century art making and fostering a more expansive use of technology.
CURRENTS provides the community with opportunities to experience New Media Arts in traditional venues, public and outdoor spaces. 5000 visitors attended festival events in 2013. The Festival is enjoyed by a broad demographic – children spinning through the galleries reveling in interactive New Media – seniors contemplating image and meaning – working class families – and savvy collectors.
The Festival is the result of a collaboration between Parallel Studios, its partners throughout he city and the many volunteers who invest their time to support this project. It is truly a community endeavor.
To present the work of emerging and established video and new media artists through its Currents exhibitions.
To foster an international exchange of this art form by inviting foreign artists to present work at our exhibits and by establishing international connections in order to present the work of U.S. artists abroad.
To give the community at large the chance to experience the latest in the video arts in a open and non-intimidating environment and to provide docent tours to expand the general public’s understanding of the medium. We have always made it a principle that our exhibits are free to the public so as not to discourage those unfamiliar with this form from visiting the exhibitions. We are committed to a non-discriminatory and inclusive approach to community involvement. To this end Parallel Studios designs group installations that offer the public an intriguing invitation to new media. Though our exhibit designs are first and foremost grounded in service to beauty and excellence we also create and design with exploration, playfulness and accessibility in mind. Our exhibits present a diversity of staging formats and aesthetic concerns – installational, site specific, projected and interactive video – all unified by the artists’ overarching commitment to an unbridled approach to what defines the world of new media.
To create an environment for the participating artists that is conducive to the sharing of information and experience. Selected artists present lectures and hands on workshops which are open to artists and the public.
To engage youth in this art form by presenting their work at our exhibitions and by inviting youth groups such as the Boys and Girls Clubs to attend the exhibits. Knowledgeable docents are available to guide them through the exhibit and answer their questions.
To establish a program of video art presentations at local high schools in order to introduce students to this art form and encourage them to create work that may be presented at our exhibitions.
To recruit college and high school students to participate as interns in the mounting and maintenance of the exhibitions as a learning experience.
To organize traveling exhibitions not necessarily focused on large urban art centers but to take this new art form to smaller towns that would not normally have the opportunity to experience this type of work.
To archive and present the works of our artists on an online exhibition space.
A selection of my films will be screening at the Garden of Fernal Delights in San Francisco May 30-June 30
THE GARDEN The Fernal concept was conceived by artist Gromyko Semper as a lush and verdant antithesis to the Infernal. His developing universe evoked the image of a contemporary ‘Garden of Earthly Delights’ (by the 16th century Flemish painter Hieronymus Bosch). As Gromyko revealed his concept, we both came to realize how many of our contemporaries were naturally Fernal. Whether lowbrow, visionary, surrealist, outsider, fantastic, or magic realists, the Fernal universe was already being expressed through fantastic landscapes and botany, surreal species and architecture, magically divine symbolism. It was so rich that I proposed to catalogue this co-created Fernal universe in an Encyclopædia. Thus the birth of this book, its exhibits and events. Bruce Rimell rapidly found his way into the core of our Fernal fantasy. We became three to brainstorm, invent stories together and develop a foundation for the Garden, which we describe as such: The Garden of Fernal Delights is a sublime and paradisiacal place where all the delights of the natural world from the sexual to the surreal, the visionary to the instinctive, are celebrated as fundamental joys of being alive. The Garden is a multi-dimensional place where all is conscious and divinely intelligent from the animal to mineral to vegetable to the etheric. All can communicate, co-create, cooperate. This Garden of Delights knows no violence, no notion of original sin, no hierarchy, no fixed temporal system. Rather it is a place of magic, of play and playfulness. It resides in the Garden of the heart and has no limit to its creativity. From here, I was able to build the structure and design of the book in order for artists to collaborate.
My film Inner Space Artifacts will be showing at the Northwest Animation Festival this year.
The NW Animation Fest is a variety show that celebrates the best new work from independent animators around the globe. We showcase the breadth of this art form, screening films that are in turn hilarious, dramatic, strange and inspiring.
This year’s festival will take place May 4-10 at the Hollywood Theatre in Portland, Oregon. The heart of the festival, our juried selection of international shorts, will repeat on the following weekend, May 14-17, at the Bijou Art Cinemas in Eugene.
Portland’s schedule will include many additional events, including thematic programs by guest organizations, the Oregon Animation Industry Showcase, an exhibition of stop-motion puppets, after-parties, and a presentation by the animation geniuses behind Portlandia, Bent Image Lab.