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4 March 2018: Voyages Elsewhere

This programme explores the outer limits; travelling into the far reaches of the imagination and out to celestial bodies. With films pushing at the boundaries of what is real or unreal, micro or macro, animated or non-animated; these works weave together fragments of images into webs of clues, hinting at what is “beyond.” 

Curated and introduced by Edwin Rostron, followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers.

Glens Falls Sequence
Douglass Crockwell
1937-1946 | 7’38 min | Colour | Digital

“For this collection of very short animations, made over a nine-year period, Douglass Crockwell added or removed non-drying paint on glass frame by frame, squeezed paint between two sheets of glass, or fingerpainted.” – Cecile Starr

Ben Rivers
2014 | 21 min | Colour | 16mm

A travelogue in which the filmmaker leads himself and the viewer through a tour of the four seasons, without ever once setting foot across his doorstep – focusing on unexplored things inside his own four walls.

Solar Sight III
Lawrence Jordan
2013  | 16 min | Colour | 16mm

A comparatively straightforward presentation of improbable images, which have formed themselves in my improbable mind.

Meridian Plain
Laura Kraning
2016 | 18'30 min | Colour | Digital

Meridian Plain maps an enigmatic distant landscape excavated from hundreds of thousands of archival still images, forecasting visions of a possible future, transmitted from a mechanical eye.

Small Things Moving in Unison
Vicky Smith
2018 | 4 min | Colour | 16mm
World premiere

Perforations made directly into 16mm black leader attempt what Sitney describes in relation to Breer’s 70 as "five-frame holds", whereby methods used to control the movement of onscreen forms have the effect of retarding motion. Small Things confronts the purely plastic problems that persist in the manually made film, of registering marks in the same place over a series of frames. At the same time it does not discourage the interpretation of these forms as a gathering, not so much of particles, but rather of a swarm or a murmuration.

This is the final screening programme of the Edge of Frame Weekend 2018, a three-day celebration of experimental animation screenings and discussion curated by Edwin Rostron (Edge of Frame), taking place across London at BFI Southbank, Barbican and Close-Up. Supported by Jerwood Charitable Foundation, Royal College of Art, and using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

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