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Lorna Mills: GIF Saver


Dates:
Mon Dec 01, 2014 00:00 - Sat Jan 31, 2015

curated by: Mary Meixner
starting December 1 2014

Lorna Mills is Canadian digital artist publicly exhibiting her work in solo and group shows all over the world since the early 1990s. In addition to her own work, she has recently curated several animated GIF screenings including “Clusterfuck Zoo” at Transfer Gallery in Brooklyn & Hallwalls in Buffalo as well as an animated GIF Collection for “David Bowie is” at the Art gallery of Ontario. She is currently curating a remake of John Berger’s 1972 documentary series “Ways of Seeing”, retitled “Ways of Something” consisting of one minute slices by 113 artists.

Lorna Mills is most famous for her photo-based GIF work and its installations in physical space. Her GIFs often revolves around the themes of sexuality and violence yet reveal something uncanny and absurd whilst amazingly pure and aesthetically perfectly balanced. To quote her in one of her interviews, “It may be deceptive at first, but I am ravingly formal and very precise with all my compositions.”

The contradictory touch of the skin, very dense and in its innocence full of violence and repressed sexuality, has became a theme for our curatorial selection of several already existent GIF animations as screen saver. Ever repeating and never fulfilled, the physical actions in GIF Saver are supersede as quickly as your attention.


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Shitstorm on Newborn, online performance by Fach & Asendorf


Dates:
Fri Dec 06, 2013 00:00 - Sat Dec 07, 2013

PAF - Festival of Film Animation (www.pifpaf.cz) has this year became a partner with German internet gallery Fach & Asendorf (http://fa-g.org/), that will also participate on the festival programme. Famous German digital artists will perform, exclusively for PAF, original and rather provocative piece on Facebook:

Shitstorm on Newborn
Online Performance, 2013
Ole Fach & Kim Asendorf

Everybody enjoys the pleasure of newborn pictures on Facebook, we love to add cute comments and even love to share the babies of our friends. Newborns are the holy grail of privacy posting. Why is the photo of a newborn so untouchable? Is it the innocence?
Konrad Lorenz proposed the concept of baby schema, a set of facial and body features, that make a creature appear "cute" and activate in others the motivation to care for it.
Maybe a Newborn reminds people of their own birth or they just wish to have a baby too. There is a secret and indescribable feeling that keeps you calm and you feel a little bit dazed when you see them, they are like a brightening drug. In the offline world newborns live in a very lovingly and guarded comfort zone, where everybody wants there best and everybody cares. But online there is another world, if you put your newborn on the Internet nobody can protect them.
We will show a newborn's life on the Internet, in an one hour live performance on Facebook. We will engage Facebook users to insult Babies and muck around with other users. Our desktops will be live streamed into the PAF exhibition in Olomouc.

Ole Fach & Kim Asendorf

PAF – Festival of Film Animation and modern art is held for the twelfth year already in Olomouc, Czech Republic. The dealing with conception of animation at this festival is rather unique in this festival – they concentrate on the phenomena of animation in context of cinematography, media studies and visual arts. Here are the terms that rank among the key words and the leading topics: animation, archiving, audiovisual art, database, design, digital culture, experimental film, intermediality, cinematography, presentation, motion picture, remediation, video art.


EVENT

ERNEST EDMONDS AS „CULT“ ON FESTIVAL OF FILM ANIMATION


Dates:
Thu Dec 05, 2013 00:00 - Sun Dec 08, 2013

Location:
Olomouc, Czech Republic



Ernest Edmonds, great pioneer of computer animation, has been chosen as main festival guest at Czech Festival of film animation and contemporary art. The festival is PAF – Festival of Film Animation, held for the twelfth year already in Olomouc, Czech Republic. The dealing with conception of animation is rather unique in this festival – they concentrate on the phenomena of animation in context of cinematography, media studies and visual arts.
Here are the terms that rank among the key words and the leading topics:
animation, archiving, audiovisual art, database, design, digital culture, experimental film, intermediality, cinematography, presentation, motion picture, remediation, video art.

PAF is put together by a professional team and every year students of film, theatre and media studies, who have the opportunity to enforce their own curatorial programmes, are challenged to cooperate. The uniquely European atmosphere of the festival is supported by the academic background. The festival has its own editorial series and a database of films and videos supported by the production.

After dealing heavily with internet art last year, this year PAF concentrates on inner “Kinetics of Image”, its decomposition into individual fragments of its “dilapidation” or the gradual “dissolving” during the dynamic processes of projection and animation (yes, it of course means also loads of glitch art). No wonder they chooses Ernest Edmonds as their main festival guest.

This year we have invited the British pioneer of computer-based animation, Ernest Edmonds, who has studied mathematics and philosophy and works as a professor at many academic institutions. Since the end of the 1960s Ernest Edmonds has dealt with computer-based animated images. Besides of his authorial production, Edmonds will also speak about his own scientific research,
say the festival representatives.

The special category of PAF Cult is always represented by a personality who literally touches animation, cinematography and visual arts, who gives at the festival a masterclass, in which he or she introduces their work or theoretical postulates.

In past, the honorary position of PAF Cult was occupied inter alia eg. by legendary Czech director of animated films Břetislav Pojar (2003), Austrian experimental filmmaker Peter Kubelka (2008), Croatian guru of experimental cinema Ivan Ladislav Galeta (2009), rotoshop creator Bob Sabiston (2011), director and VJ Peter Greenaway (2010) or Dutch internet artist Constant Dullaart (2012).

Visit Ernest Edmonds webpage: http://research.it.uts.edu.au/creative/eae/www/index.htm

www.pifpaf.cz


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ECHO: PAF PRESENTS: DIGITAL ART / GLITCH ART


Dates:
Tue Oct 29, 2013 20:00 - Tue Oct 29, 2013

Location:
Brno, Czech Republic

At the end of October the Festival of Film Animation will be introduced in Brno within the ECHO cycle (presentation of festivals) organized by UNTR, the local cultural base. Marie Meixnerová and Tomáš Javůrek will introduce PAF in both reminiscent and anticipatory way.
With regard to original grasp of moving image structure and content anticipation, the program will be entitled Tausendjahrekino.

PROGRAMME [TAUSENDJAHREKINO]:
Screen Saver Gallery
Screen Saver Gallery project, the gallery of contemporary digital art in screen savers, will be introduced by the Czech artist and pedagogue Tomáš Javůrek.
The unique exhibition concept has been developed since the March of 2013 and it has encouraged four contemporary artists so far. How does it feel to run a non-standard gallery? What is its ideological background? How did the works of art presented in this space look like? And what is going to happen next?
screensaver.metazoa.org

Perfectly Lost, Perfectly Found
The presentation and follow-up projection of digital videos from "Perfectly Lost" and "Perfectly Found" cycle by (c) merry.
The selection includes the cycle of digital videos proceeding from the crucial works of experimental film and Czech avant-garde reinterpreted by means of the power of mistake, coincidence and a creative genius of medium. Conceptually the works belong to guerilla curating.
crazymerry.tumblr.com

ECHO: PAF Presents: DIGITAL ART / GLITCH ART
[Tausendjahrekino]

Tuesday 29 October 2013
from 8 pm to 10 pm
UNTR, Gorkého 12 Brno, Czech Republic
guest: Tomáš Javůrek, (c) merry (Mary Meixner)
http://www.untr.cz
www.pifpaf.cz

Organized by UNTR Brno and PAF Olomouc

Supported by Visegrad Fund

ANNOTATION FOR PERFECTLY LOST, PERFECTLY FOUND SERIES:
Visual poems created not by a human author, but by the medium itself, stand on the boundaries of modern digital visual arts and classical cinematography.
This creative genius is often being ignored as a mistake and failure of digital technologies, however, many people intend to create it or even artificially copy it intentionally; they use glitch as animation technique by means of which they manage to achieve images of psychedelic qualities and stunning beauty. The newly-emerged scenes then cheekily and freshly encourage our deeply rooted stereotypes of audio-visual work perception.
The "true glitches" emerge naturally without human initiation, however, they involve another dimension. In the similar way as for structural and handmade films, which originate thanks to meticulous work with film material, the ontological dimension is typical for them. These mistakes and defects in image and sound records arise because of time, medium depreciation or transformation from one context to another. The work structure, which is suddenly almost as tangible as a film strip in hands of an experimental filmmaker, is coming to the foreground.
The digitized film does not disguise its real substance any more, but on the contrary, it profits on it. Powers of time and medium that are normally being suppressed by digital technologies give rise to new, beautiful and surprising structures.
The selection involves the series of digital videos proceeding from crucial works of experimental film and Czech avant-garde, reinterpreted by power of mistake, coincidence and a creative genius of medium.


EVENT

Facebook Sculpture: (c) merry, 2013


Dates:
Thu Aug 01, 2013 00:00 - Sat Aug 31, 2013

Facebook Sculpture: (c) merry, 2013
temporal metrical sculpture

Hello, I am (c) merry and I am Internet artist.

I was invited to participate on Chloë Flores curatorial project called “Chloë Flores facebook page” as artist in residence for this August. The residency is taking place on facebook, on user profile of Los Angeles based curator Chloë Flores. Every month, new artist is using the space provided by her profile in different manner.
Because of my deep interest in facebook-based net art and background in cinema studies, I've decided to use this opportunity to create temporal metrical sculpture.
That is, probably the very first sculpture on facebook - made on facebook out of facebook, following its structure and discourse. And of course, perceivable only on facebook.

I would be honored if you could spare a moment to see my work.

The sculpture will be performed between August the 1st and August 31st, 2013 on facebook.com/itsallbeendonebefore, and can be perceived only during this time.

You can discover more about the project on its website. The site already contains background information on the project and its inspirations, "Kaderplan" for the sculpture and more. During the residency/performance, it will be supplemented with detailed documentation on the project and public reactions.

With respect,

(c) merry
29th of July, 2013

Project webpage: https://sites.google.com/site/facebooksculpture/

Informal video statement for the project:
http://youtu.be/qbmvCF3JDzY

Facebook event:
https://www.facebook.com/events/688772284471767/