1 hour 30' - English (Subtitled in Spanish)
A personal film with universal relevance, Connected explores how, after centuries of declaring our independence, it may be time for us to declare our interdependence instead.
Equal parts documentary and memoir, the film unfolds during a year in which technology and science literally become a matter of life and death for the director.
Using a mix of animation, archival footage, and home movies, Shlain reveals the surprising ties that link us not only to the people we love but also to the world at large.
Trailer - Connected
Press, Pause, Play
1 hour 20' - English (Subtitled in Spanish)
“Press, Pause, Play” it’s a film directed by David Dworsky and Victor Köler, that covers the importance of the new technologies in music, art and design, including interviews with some of the world’s most influential creators of the digital era.
The digital revolution of the last decade has unleashed creativity and talent of people in an unprecedented way, unleashing unlimited creative opportunities.
But does democratized culture mean better art, film, music and literature or is true talent instead flooded and drowned in the vast digital ocean of mass culture?
“Press, Pause, Play” contains interviews with authors like Moby, Bill Drummond (KLF), Sean Parker (Napster), Amy Philips (Pitchfork), Anne Hilde Neset (The Wire magazine) and Christopher Weingarten (Rolling Stone).
Trailer - Press, Pause, Play
The ArtFutura Show includes, every year, what we consider the most excellent works in the field of Digital Animation. Works from very diverse sources (Japan, Germany, Australia, France, Poland, USA..) that overcome new challenges in production and demonstrate that the medium, far from stagnating, continues to evolve its own language.
Works like Flamingo Pride, Nullarbor, The Archiver, Hezarfen... perfect examples of powerful animations that test the limits.
Paths of Hate, directed by Damian Nenow and produced by Platige Image is probably one of the most challenging new selections. The film, which took two years to produce, tells the story “of the demons that can be found deep in the human soul, represented by two fighter pilots”.
Plastige Image (who also support some of renowned director Tomek Baginski’s projects), managed to scoop the recent Siggraph 2011 Electronic Theater Jury Award.
Trailer - Paths of Hate - Damian Nenow
Futura Graphics - 1 hour
Futura Graphics includes some of the most outstanding pieces of motion graphics and recent digital creation. Each piece is a show of art direction. And in all of them, there is an intention to experiment with language, aesthetics and technique.
The selection includes works like “The Johnny Cash Project” by Chris Milk, a unique collaborative videoclip created through the net in which internautas have given life to and paid homage to the singer Johnny Cash. To date, more than 250,000 people from 172 countries have participated in this fascinating project that is still open.
And also, “The External World” from David O'Reilly. O’Reilly, toughened in advertising, had already surprised us with his unusual piece Please Say Something (Golden Bear in Berlin 2009). And with similar aesthetics along with a similar narrative, he has constructed a hypnotic piece by means of autozaping, interferences and surrealistic situations. Recently, the piece was nominated for the highest European prize in animation Cartoon d’Or, awarded by Ars Electronica, and it has been well received in the Venice Film Festival.
Rosto - The Monster of Nix
Rosto – designer, filmmaker and musician – has released a new work in digital animation: The Monster of Nix. His singular style, admired by Terry Gilliam, and his solid work on short films and videoclips situates him among the most recognized (and recognizable) contemporary European animators.
Over the course of time, Rostro has evolved from graphics to animation, with echoes in his work of David Carson or Dave McKean, to a more cinematographic atmosphere in which, the author notes, he does not lack the influence of David Lynch.
His characters inhabit a dark world full of dreams and nightmares. His characters are obsessive, prepared to commit impossible gestures while losing themselves in their own mental mazes.
The Monster of Nix features the voices of Tom Waits and Terry Gilliam and music from The Residents and DØ.
Trailer - The Monster of Nix
Mapping the Mappings
Over the last years the projections mapping shows commonly known as “mappings” have entered our public spaces and our lives.
With the support of new technologies, a new generation of creators is using the projection systems to generate multi-sensorial spaces and high-intensity experiences.
This selection includes the best recent works of Seeper, 1024 Architecture, Urban Screen and Darkfejzr.
Canada - Retrospective
Creators of video clips for groups like Scissors Sisters, White Lies, Two Door Cinema Club and Oh Land, and based in Barcelona, Canada are probably our producers of video clips and advertising more internationally known.
Dreams, fantasies, stigmas and sensuality mix in their works tastefully and with an impeccable production.
Nicolás Méndez, Luis Cerveró and Lope Serrano have chosen for ArtFutura some of the works they feel more proud about. And they should be.
MECAL Music Video Showcase
In this edition, ArtFutura has invited Roberto Barrueco, director and founder of Mecal, International Festival of Short Films of Barcelona, to present a selection of musical videos that bring together some of the most innovative and imaginative works created over the last year in the world of videoclips.
The program covers new visual and aesthetic tendencies along with graphics from the international panorama and wishes to show the state of creative excellence found in the videoclip world as much in the work of independent artists as in videoclips resulting form large-scale productions.
Including works by Scissors Sisters, Unkle, Moray McLaren, The Temper Trap, Massive Attack and Björk.