The Drive To Work (2017), Paul Fletcher, Courtesy the artist
The Drive To Work (2017), Paul Fletcher, Courtesy the artist

ACMI presents in association with Center for Visual Music

ART+FILM: Oskar's Legacy | Filmmakers Influenced by Fischinger

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Tue 5 Jul 2022

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.

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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.


About Centre for Visual Music

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.

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About Paul Fletcher

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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