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Xcèntric. Autumn 2016

Geometric drift and spiritual constructions

Screenings to accompany The Thinking Machine. Ramon Llull and the «ars combinatoria»

Audiovisuals +

Before artists worked with computers, a series of avant-garde painters such as Oskar Fischinger, Harry Smith and Jordan Belson created a form of non-narrative film that addressed geometry, the possibilities of mathematic combinations, and spirituality. After these visionaries, artists like John Whitney embraced the new synthetic image medium to continue exploring abstract animation. Many artists have followed in their wake, up until the present day.

Geometric drift
December 1 - 20.00

Non-narrative, non-linear cinema that explores music, colour and rhythm in a space that takes the frame as a unit for filmic creation.

Lichtspiel Opus I, Walter Ruttmann, 1921, 16 mm, 11’10”

Rhythmus 21, Hans Richter, 1923, 16 mm, silent, 3‘20”

Symphonie Diagonale, Viking Eggeling, 1924, 16mm, silent, 6’40”

Abstronic, Mary Ellen Bute, 1952, 16 mm, 7’

Uts Cero, Javier Aguirre, 1970, 10’

Syncromy, Norman McLaren, 1979, 16 mm, 7’30”

Cubic Limit, Manfred Mohr, 1973-74, digital, silent, 3’39''

Organisation II, Christian Lebrat, 1977, 16 mm, silent, 5’

Calculated Movements, Larry Cuba, 1985, 16 mm, 6’

Modern nº 2, Mirai Mizue, Japón, 2011, digital, 4’


Spiritual constructions
December 4 - 18.30

Bohemians, mystics or visionaries. In abstract animation, these painters, some associated with Dada, others with the Beat generation, found a medium to express their visions. In addition to geometric graphics, colour and music play an important part in these films.

Spiritual Constructions, Oskar Fischinger, 1927, 16 mm,  7’

Komposition in Blau, Oskar Fischinger, 1935, 16 mm, 4'

Early Abstractions Nr. 7, Harry Smith, 1951, 16 mm, 6’

Allures, Jordan Belson, 1961, 16 mm, 7’

Lapis, James Whitney, 1966, 16 mm, 10’

Permutations, John Whitney, 1968, 16 mm, 8'

Samadhi, Jordan Belson, 1967, digital, 6’

Mutations, Lillian Schwartz, 1972, digital, 7’

Playpiece 2. Dreamtime, Dance of the Shaman, Lesley Keen, digital, 7’31”

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