The 2007 program features new selections in the ArtFutura Show, Full Motion Theater and 3D in Spain, as well as a documentary (8Bit), a retrospective exhibition (Marcel.lí Antúnez) and two special programs: Pod Love (produced in Australia) and Demos+Intros (selected for the BCN Party).
The 2007 edition brings us a curated selection of the best 3D work produced over the last 12 months. Among this year’s pieces, two stand out in a very special way: “The Ark” by Grzegorz Jonkajtys (Siggraph 2007, Special Prize) and “Codehunters” by Ben Hibon (Ars Electronica Prize). Also included are “L'Odyssée de la Vie” by Mac Guff Ligne, “A Gentlemen's Duel” by Blur Studios, “Manakai” by Makoto Yabuki and "I Lived on the Moon" by Yannick Puig.
From the most spectacular pieces produced by the large companies to small wonders created by independent artists from all around the world.
8 BIT is a hybrid documentary that examines the influence of videogames in contemporary culture. A mixture of documentary, “art exposé” and critical investigation. 8 BIT outlines the union between a diversity of cultural elements such as the “demos” scene of the 80s, “chiptune” music and contemporary artists who use “machinima” and modified games.
Produced in New York, Los Angeles, Paris and Tokyo, the documentary offers a global perspective of the new artistic direction of a generation that grew up playing with Atari and Commodore 64. 8 BIT includes the appearances of Cory Arcangel, Bit Shifter, Bodenstandig 2000, Bubblyfish, Mary Flanagan, Alex Galloway, Glomag, Paul Johnson, John Klima, Johan Kotlinski, Nullsleep, Joe McKay, Tom Moody, Akiko Sakaizumi, Eddo Stern, TEAMTENDO, Treewave and Carlo Zanni.
Full Motion Theater
Intros are a special cross between the interactive world of videogames and cinematographic narrative. These non-interactive sequences that make up part of the narrations of the most popular tittles in the world of electronic leisure become more sophisticated and visually innovative every year. Full Motion Theatre offers a selection of the most interesting audiovisual productions related to videogames.
The 2007 edition features titles for the next generation of consoles and includes samples of projects such as “The Eye of Judgement”, “Little Big Planet”, “World of Warcraft” and the hilarious “Medal of Homer” (The Simpsons) among many others.
3D in Spain 2007
The 3D in Spain Movistar ArtFutura prize is the most relevant competition in our country for the best pieces of 3D animation and special effects produced throughout the previous year by companies, students and independent artists.
The program includes the finalist pieces that will be awarded prizes according to votes cast by the attending public. 3D in Spain offers a broad view of the state of digital animation and 3D. It includes “Tadeo Jones and the basement of doom“ by Enrique Gato (an extensive 18-minute piece from the 2004 prizewinner).
Marcel.lĂ AntĂșnez - El Dibujante
Retrospective program on the work of Marcel.lí Antúnez, artist known for his mechatronic performances and his robotic installations. From his tribal performances with La Fura dels Baus and later, alone by means of a sort of work that proposes complex systems and which often transforms into unclassifiable hybrids.
Antúnez’s work has been presented in the Fundación Telefónica, Madrid, the I.C.A., London, the Cena Contemporánea, Rio de Janeiro, the DOM Cultural Center, Moscow and the DAF, Tokyo.
Demos + Intros
BCN Party offers a monographic selection of the most outstanding recent pieces produced on the "Demoscene". Images, synchronized sounds and large doses of imagination and technical skill characterize the works of this underground digital culture that is completely European. The digital image in motion understood as urban culture.
Demos are programs of a size superior to 64 Kbytes which include effects, graphics and music. Intros are similar to demos, but with an important limitation of space: between 4 and 64 Kbytes. Recently, technological advances have brought us computers that are faster, more memory, more powerful graphic processors and hardware with 3D acceleration. Having lost a lot of the challenges from the past, the focus of the demos has shifted to the creation of art in real time which is well designed and which has style.
PodLove includes five episodes produced in Australia by the Australian Film Commission and SBS Independent. They are five stories, each five minutes long directed by different authors and teams and produced by Beth Frey from Circe Films. PodLove explores the effect of digital communication in relationships between couples, friends and complete strangers.
The story titled “Our Brilliant Second Life” particularly stands out. It contains reference to the virtual universe of Second Life and how two real people (Blair and Diana) meet in a virtual world and the impact that it has on their lives.