and other experimental animated films, 1961-1982
Curated by Thomas Patteson.
Join us for an event that includes a screening of Chronopolis, a 1982 animated masterpiece by Polish filmmaker Piotr Kamler with soundtrack by French musique concréte pioneer Luc Ferrari. The evening will also present a cross-section of experimental animation from the ‘Space Age’.
Beautifully executed in a muted color palette of tans, blues, yellow-ochers, clay-reds, violets, and creamy-whites, Chronopolis tells the story of a gargantuan city lurking in the sky colonized by powerful immortals who have become jaded with eternal life. Most of their time is spent monotonously constructing bizarre and unusual objects while waiting for the ultimate gift to arrive in their hands. With ziggurat formations, bas-relief sculptures, magical glyphs, archaic languages, and engravings by dying gods, the visual language of Chronopolis strongly evokes the feel of an archeological odyssey of a far of planet. Often labeled as science fiction, Kamler’s works explore the inner depths of imagination as much as the far reaches of outer space, eschewing linear narratives for dynamic, hallucinatory symbolism rendered in everything from clay to ink, paper cut-outs, early CGI and even pinboard animation.
Admission is FREE