ACMI presents in association with Center for Visual Music
ART+FILM: Oskar's Legacy | Filmmakers Influenced by Fischinger
Dazzling short films by animators and filmmakers inspired by Oskar Fischinger. Introduced by Melbourne filmmaker, animator and lecturer Paul Fletcher.
Over many decades, dozens of animators and filmmakers have acknowledged Fischinger’s influence on their work. Jordan Belson even called him “one of my heroes”. Our programme presents work by filmmakers impacted by Fischinger’s explorations into the relationship between animation and music. With hand-drawn animation on paper, direct painting on film, digital visualisations and algorithms, these filmmakers employ a range of styles. Some borrow techniques used by Fischinger, others invented their own. All acknowledge the visual music tradition with their music/image relationships. Some, like Gagné, created direct music visualisations, while others play more loosely with the correspondences. Scher drew in black charcoal on white paper, then photographed in negative, just as Fischinger did for his 1930s Studies series. Woloshen animated his film in his car in a specially constructed box, over four years of driving.
– Curated by Cindy Keefer of Center for Visual Music
This is the second of two events exploring the work and legacy of Oskar Fischinger, whose seminal work Raumlichtkunst is currently on display at ACMI, thanks to the generous support of the Naomi Milgrom Foundation.
Tickets include a drink on arrival.
Unclassified (All Ages)
Norman McLaren, Boogie-Doodle, 1941, Canada, 3 min 15 sec. Originally 35mm
Mary Ellen Bute, Color Rhapsodie, 1948, US, 6 min. Originally 35mm
Jordan Belson, Mandala, 1953, US, 3 min, restored by CVM. Originally 16mm
Jules Engel, Play-Pen, 1986, US, 5 min, restored by CVM. Originally 16mm
Baerbel Neubauer, Algorithmen, 1994, Germany, 3 min 30 sec. Originally 35mm
Steven Woloshen, Shimmer Box Drive, 2007, Canada, 3 min 45 sec. Originally 35mm
Kristian Pedersen, The Boyg, 2016, Norway, 5 min 50 sec
Jeff Scher, Grapefruit and confused Crickets, 2020, US, 3 min
Michel Gagné, Sensology, 2010, Canada, 6 min
Scott Draves, Firebird, 2007, US, 4 min 15 sec
Bret Battey, Clonal Colonies I: Fresh Runners, 2011, UK, 7 min
Oerd van Cuijlenborg, Jazzimation 2, 2017, France, 5 min
Robert Seidel, vitreous, 2015, Germany, 3 min 30 sec
Steve Wood, Electric Eye, 2020, US, 3 min
Paul Fletcher, The Drive to Work, 2017, Australia, 3 min 30 sec
Curated by Cindy Keefer. Bute, McLaren, Belson and Engel films are from the collection of CVM.
Center for Visual Music (CVM) is a nonprofit film archive dedicated to visual music, experimental animation and abstract media.
CVM is committed to preservation, curation, education, scholarship, and dissemination of the film, performances and other media of this tradition, together with related historical documentation and artwork.
Paul Fletcher is a filmmaker, musician, producer and artist. His many animated and experimental films have been screened locally and internationally, including TecnoBunny (1995), and Pop Psychology (2014) at Ars Electronica. His animation Drive To Work won best Site Specific Installation at Zagreb MSU Animafest 2017. Paul is currently a Lecturer in Animation, Faculty of Fine Arts and Music, VCA School of Film & Television, University of Melbourne.
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