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After the End of the World

Living the Earth

Animated films and ecology

Audiovisuals

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Programme of animation film organised alongside the exhibition After the End of the World, offering highly personal views and concerns of the world, present and future, through the work of artists such as Catya Plate, Réka Bucsi and Steve Cutts.

Plus a session for the whole family, with the screening of The Boy and the World, a masterly full-length film by Alé Abreu which, through the eyes of a child, reflects on today’s world for young and old alike.

PROGRAMME 69’

The Boy and the World (O menino e o mundo), Alê Abreu, Brazil, 2013, 80’, no dialogue

A boy lives with his family in an idyllic rural area of Brazil, until his father has to go and work in the city. The boy decides to go on a quest to find him, a thrilling adventure that leads him to discover another world controlled by technology, machines and the media.

Man, Steve Cutts, 2012, UK, 3’36’’, no dialogue

In this Cold Place, Moby & The Void Pacific Choir, Steve Cutts, 2017, UK, 3’15”, no dialogue

London artist, Steve Cutts, illustrator, comic book artist and animator, uses his work to channel his activism and denounce humankind’s interaction with the environment and how it affects the world in which we live. In three minutes, Man presents an excellent personal synthesis of the relationship between human beings and nature through history. In June 2017, Cutts illustrated a video (the second) for Moby & the Void Pacific Choir, “In This Cold Place”, from the album More Fast Songs About the Apocalypse. This video represents consumerism, greed, corruption, and, in short, our self-destruction.

Hanging by a Thread, Catya Plate, USA, 2013, 10’, original version with Spanish subtitles

Barcelona-born Catya Plate lives and works in New York. “Hanging by a Thread” is the first in a trilogy of short animation films made using materials like pegs, thread and pieces of fabric. The artist describes her work as the creation of a new mythology that plays the role of survival mechanism in difficult times.

Symphony No. 42, Réka Bucsi, Hungary, 2013, 10’, no dialogue

In 47 scenes, animals take on human emotions and behaviours, generating surrealistic situations in a mythical world that is absolutely without morality. These surrealistic situations are based on human interactions with nature.

Peripheria, David Coquard-Dassault, France, 2015, 12’, no dialogue

This journey to the centre of a large abandoned housing estate on the outskirts portrays an urban landscape that has become wild: like a modern Pompeii where the wind blows and dogs prowl around the remains of human lives. David Coquard-Dassault is an art director, set designer and decorator who lives in Paris. Like his previous film, Peripheria is mysterious, rooted in a world of desolate suburban landscapes, from which all human presence seems to have disappeared. This existential fable with a surrealist touch warns of the dangers that threaten civilisation’s collapse; if the periphery surrenders, the centre will continue ...

The Change, Fabian Ribezzo, Italy, 2012, 15’17’’, no dialogue

This short film offers a simple and educational explanation of problems and solutions related with climate change (deforestation, mining natural resources, disasters…), and highlights the differences between rich and poor countries and the impact of present-day production and consumption system on indigenous populations. Produced by the United Nations’ Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat).

Time Rodent, Ondrej Svadlena, France/Czech Republic, 2015, 15’, no dialogue

In a distant future where night has devoured the day, the inhabitants of an endlessly changing world feed solely on artificial light. It tells the story of a future world in an abstract parable about the gradual decline of the world and the possible evolutional transformation of its inhabitants. Ondrej Svadlena’s impeccable 3D animation evokes apocalyptic fantasies, connecting with Czech culture in his dark humour and sense of the absurd that is reflected in the atmosphere he creates.

This activity is part of After the End of the World

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