Colliding Lines: Reanimation

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Colliding Lines invite a diverse line-up of musicians and sound artists to re-score, re-interpret and re-imagine a programme of short animations.

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Colliding Lines: Reanimation

Colliding Lines present Reanimation, a new series of live film scores hosted at New River Studios. Each month we invite a diverse line-up of musicians and sound artists to re-score, re-interpret and re-imagine a programme of short animations, each month curated around a different theme and era.

For our 2020 launch event we explore avant garde Polish animation, inspired by artists Borowczyk and Lenica onwards.

Diverging from the social realism of the era, these films mark a golden age of experimentation in adult animation. At various points symbolic, metaphorical and philosophical, these graphically distinct and highly original works were a cinematic form of sabotage, of coded political critique. Through their embrace of diverse techniques, incorporating collage, photograms, stop-motion and cut-up editing, they ensured and advanced the artistic autonomy of animation as a medium. Modern viewers may see something anarchic in these shorts, resembling living Zines with their cut-up aesthetics and rapid shifts in form and style – possessing an irreverence alongside the poignance, beauty and surrealism.

Just as remarkable are the films sound design; as integral to the experience as the editing and narrative. We wish to pay tribute to these works, inviting sonic responses from a diverse collective of experimental artists.

We are delighted to bring Reanimation to New River Studios for a new 6-event series, supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

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