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2 December 2017: Edge of Frame: You, Me, Them


You, Me, Them
presents ten films exploring disconnection and the limits of communication. Language and images can be misleading and inadequate but when re-contextualised, distorted or ruptured, we can sometimes glimpse what lurks behind the surface.

Rotting Artist
Ann Course & Paul Clark
2002 | 4 min | B/W | Digital

People try it on in the Croxley bunkers, and when the head of the household shoves his bendy cane brush right up the chimney we would do well to run to the other side of the road and watch it appear out the top for the lucky sight of it.

Bus Stop
Andrea Gomez
1983 | 7’30 min | Colour | Digital

An animated ride through an American urban landscape in the early 1980s.  

Broken Tongue
Mónica Savirón
2013 | 3 min | B/W | Digital

Broken Tongue is an ode to the freedom of movement, association, and expression and a heartfelt tribute to avant-garde sound performer Tracie Morris and her poem Afrika.

Analysis of Emotions and Vexations
Wojciech Bąkowski
2015 | 14 min | B/W | Digital

"This movie is a representation of my spirit’s volatile state. I used animation with poetic comment to analyze my emotions and vexations. I used pencil drawings in translucent frames to show a state of lightness." – Wojciech Bąkowski

Stephen Sutcliffe
2012 | 4'30 min | Colour | Digital

A meditation on disingenuousness.

Natalia Stuyk
2017 | 3'30 min | Colour | Digital

Vicki✿ is a comment on vacuous social media and Deep and Meaningful online self-expression. A text generator was used to produce the monologue, which was then copied and pasted into a text-to-speech app and recorded. The sound and imagery also have procedural and generative origins.

Happenstance (Part One of Many Parts)
Gary Hill
1982-83 | 6'30 min | Colour | Digital

A kind of choreography of thought, which gives rise to an area of tension between the images and the spoken or written texts. Musical and sound elements underscore the character of the individual passages and the complex intertextuality of the work.

Still Life
Kevin Eskew
2015 | 3'30 min | B/W | Digital

601 Revir Drive
Josh Weissbach
2017 | 9 min | Colour | 16mm

A series of spatial limits are defined while a maker imbibes. Interdependence is inherited after a substance cannot be shook. An animal carefully guards an outlined space as a river runs backwards.

Orpheus (Outtakes)
Mary Helena Clark
2012 | 6 min | B/W | 16mm

"Using footage from Cocteau's Orphée, Mary Helena Clark optically prints an interstitial space where the ghosts of cinema lurk beyond and within the frames." – Andrea Picard