The Visiting Tank was nominated in the Music Film category in the Film Festival International in Amsterdam which took place August 9-17th.
“The Visiting Tank” for string quartet and sampler was composed in a semi-narrative form. The musical work (composed in 1999) was inspired by an imagined child’s perspective on war in the setting of the dissolution of former Yugoslavia. My visual response to the music started as a projection in 2010. It was part of a live musical performance in ‘Step Across the Border,’ at the Kleintheater in Luzern, Switzerland. Developing the visual counterpart to the pre-existing musical content, it became clear that literal references suggested in the “story” could be transformed in such a way that abstraction could co-exist with concrete pictorial content. Images are driven by movement, woven with abstract content, creating form in a manner analogous to sound composition.
I decided to rework The Visiting Tank this year, making it HD and finessing some of the painterly textures.
Here is link to the Trailer. When I am done ‘touching it’ I will re-post the whole piece.
In connection with the programming of the”New Festival” and with the
filmaker Ericka Beckman I designed an interactive interface which tennagers used
to design an action using themselves, costumes, animated loops and backgrounds.
This interaactive play was inspired by Ericka Beckman’s film, Haitus, which was playing at the same time.
The 32nd Hamburg International Short Film Festival: Film + Klang: Synchronicities
This screening included Thorsten Flesh, Bert Gottschalk, Len Lye, Helmut Herbt, Werner Nekes,
Bärbel Neubauer, Jeff Scher, Robert Seidel, Harry Smith, Chick Strang, Isco Suzuki, Hosumi Takashi,
Stan Vaderbeek, Beth Warshafsky, Hanna Nordholt + Fritz Steingrobe.
It was an honor to be part of the mix.