Thurs 10th inbetween and after the screenings
Im Chaos der Tage
T. W. Blum: Guitar, Electronic, Light painting | Julia Dimitroff: Cello
Accoustic and electronically manipulated instruments merge with light paintings in real time. Digital drawings and sounds are animated and combined with instrumental improvisation, creating sound and light textures.
Akkustische und elektronisch manipulierte Instrumente verschmelzen mit in Echtzeit generierter Lichtmalerei. Mittels Wii – Controller und Computer werden digitale Zeichnungen und Sounds animiert und mit instrumentalen Improvisationen kombiniert.
Es entstehen melodiöse bis atonal abstrahierte Klang –und Lichttexturen.
A closer look at Max Hattler
Max Hattler, whom we introduced to DL during last years 6th Berlin International Directors Lounge will be in town this week for a Directors Lounge special, Sat 8th January, 9pm, Z-Bar. Reason enough to sneak into the mind behind classics like collision or aanaatt.
Max about Max:
“I am interested in the space between abstraction and figuration, where storytelling is freed from the constraints of traditional narrative. My work contemplates microcosms, moments, atmospheres: Close-ups as reflections on the big picture. While my films tend to be without dialogue, they explore the relationship between sound, music and the moving image.”
Others about Max:
- One of “three of the world’s most exciting young animators” Dazed and Confused
- One of “Europe’s most hotly tipped visual artists” Metropolis Magazine, Japan
- “groundbreaking animation and music video work” Shooting People
- “Max Hattler is one of my favourite experimental animators” Directors Notes
- “his personal work is a revelation” Institute of Contemporary Arts, London
- “Current hot potatoe” Time Out London
Max about how it all started:
“I was never all that much into film, which for a long time I only knew as narrative, live-action drama. Nor was I interested in animation, which I had only experienced as ‘cartoons’ – drawn funny films. I came to film in a roundabout way, through an interest in visual arts, design aesthetics, and the time-based media of sound and music. As a kid, I was always drawing and painting. I grew up in a musical family and in my teens I started using computers to make music, while also dabbling in computer graphics and animation. Perceiving these disciplines as disparate from each other, it took me a while until I realised that I had to combine them through the medium of animation film.” Interview at Shift magazine
Max Hattler performing live at Videoformes 2008, photo by dopi
Collision, Max about turning points:
“…you could see Collision as a sort of turning point (or starting point). I think Collision made a (small) impact because it was doing something new by commenting on politics through abstraction, by exploring graphic art as metaphor. Discarding traditional storytelling, it presents a marriage of image and sound to produce a kaleidoscopic take on our geopolitical situation. Subtle and bold at the same time, the film aims to mesmerise the viewer with symbols that are detached from their established context and applied in the service of an alternative reality. … The reading is open-ended: cultural carnage or carnival of cultures.” Interview at Shift magazine
It comes as no surprise that Max Hattler will be part of the 7th Berlin International Directors Lounge
top photo: Max Hattler at DOK Leipzig 2009
The 7th Berlin International Directors Lounge
Introducing the curators: Kika Nicolela
Kika Nicolela was among the most acclaimed directors of The 5th Berlin International Directors Lounge. Two years later we are glad to welcome her as one of the core curators for 2011. Kika will present recent Brazilian videos (2009-10) , an international
selection of videos under the theme “Windows” and introduce the Exquisite Corpse Video Project. Exquisite Corpse is an international collaboration project with the participation of over 60 artists from morethan 20 countries.
Kika Nicolela is a Brazilian artist and experimental filmmaker. Her works include single-channel videos, installations, performances, experimental documentaries and photography. Graduated in Film and Video by the University of Sao Paulo, Kika Nicolela also completed film courses at UCLA University. She was the recipient of several grants and has participated of over 60 solo and collective exhibitions in Brazil, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Poland, Portugal, UK and US. Her videos have been screened and awarded in festivals of more than 30 countries, such as: Directors Lounge, Kunst Film Biennale, Oberhausen International Short Film Festival, ACA Media Arts Festival, Videoformes New Media & Video Art Festival, International Electronic Art Festival Videobrasil and Sao Paulo International Film Festival. Since 2008, Kika Nicolela also curates and coordinates the Exquisite Corpse Video Project, an ongoing collaborative series of videos that involves more than 60 artists from 25 countries. In 2010, she was selected for the Rondo Studio (Austria), Künstlerdorf Schöppingen Foundation (Germany), Gyeonggi Creation Center (South Korea) and the I-Park (US) residency programs; she will also have a retrospective of her videos at the prestigious Museum of Modern Art in Salvador, Brazil.
Team DL looking forward to see your film
The 7th Berlin International Directors Lounge, the festival for contemporary media and film, alongside the 61st Berlin International Film Festival, will take place from 10th to 20th of February, at the art house meinblau, Pfefferberg. Daily from 6pm till dawn. Again we will screen a huge selection of experimental films from all parts of the world, covering a wide range of artistic positions in the new media. Details will be revealed over time, stay tuned for a fine collection of cinematic tidbits.
Now it´s your turn to submit your film for The 7th Berlin International Directors Lounge. We welcome single works, compilations, concepts, lectures, any kind of input but please understand that we may not consider submissions for the show in february after the 10th of January.