NEW MEDIA
Screenings & lecture
4/3/2011  - 16/4/2011

Great animation artists: Gil Alkabetz, Vuk Jevremovic & Raimund Krumme

Curated by Miquel Guillem and Ángela Molina F.
Great animation artists: Gil Alkabetz, Vuk Jevremovic & Raimund Krumme

Description:  


The three artists presented in this series are considered masters of animation. Raimund Krumme is a poet of space, an artist with a style all his own. A genius of the subtle .and categorical line that he draws in black ink literally inventing space. With his broad, suggestive, changing, mobile vision, he handles the coordinates with virtuosity and invents a new space in which he portrays subjects like the human being and relationships of power and oppression. The quintessence of form is transformed into pure expression at the hands of this author with the critical, non-conformist, radical spirit of an anarchistl.

Gil Alkabetz is a versatile narrator capable of addressing different genres with great skill. His animations offer us many visual possibilities that go from maximum contrast and bold graphics in black and white to the most colourful items that will attract all publics. His narrative sense oscillates between drama and comedy, which he produces with the same stylistic virtuosity. Alkabetz is an observer of life and of little details who creates an experimental and creative oeuvre charged with commitment through humour and irony.

Vuk Jevremovic started to work as a painter and draughtsman, and this influence runs through his work, which could be defined as “live painting”. An expressionist work full of powerful, perspicuous, colourful graphics or bold charcoal lines. With these techniques he expresses his sensations and his feelings, transferring a frantic flurry of movement and light from the canvas to the screen.

In a word, three different and complementary visions through which we can appreciate the greatness of the animated image.

Raimund Krumme (Cologne, Germany)
Rope dancers A German animation director of widespread prestige. His short films have won prizes all over the world: the Jury Award in Annecy, the Bundesfilmpreis-Filmband in Gold (Bonn), and the Best Animated Film Award in Montreal. He is a founding member of Cartoon, the animation branch of the European Union Media Programme in Brussels. He has been a professor in the experimental Animation Department of the prestigious CalArts (Los Angeles, California). Since 2006 he has been a professor at the Academy of Media Arts in Cologne. He also lectures at the Academy of Art in Braunschweig, at the University of Minas Gerais in Brazil and works in the research department of the French National Audiovisual Institute in Paris.


Seiltänzer (Rope Dance)
1986/ 9’42’’/ Drawings / No dialogue
Two characters wage a battle for control in a confined space defined by a few simple lines. 

Zuschauer (Spectators)
1989 / 6’47’’ / Drawings / No dialogue
Based on the riots at a Brussels football stadium, Spectators explores the behaviour of the masses. 

Die Kreuzung (Crossroads)
1991 / 10’/ Drawings / No dialogue
The conflict and confusion experienced by an individual confronting a life-changing decision leads him to accept his destiny. 

Prehod (Passage) 
1994 / 6’34’’ / Drawings / No dialogue
A master and his servant engage in a battle of wills as they attempt to cross a frozen lake. As they struggle, it becomes increasingly clear who is really in control of whom.. 

Sporocilo (The Message)
2001 / 6’13’’ / Drawings / No dialogue
In this work the ominous element is fear of the dangers of nationalism and the imaginary resurgence of an oppressive and deadly authority. 

Der Gefangenenchor
(Choir of Prisoners)
2004 / 5’58’’ / Actors and light animation / No dialogue / 35mm.
Based on a scene from Beethoven’s opera Fidelio, this work tells the tale of a group of inmates who emerge from the darkness of their cells into the liberating light of day. 

Total duration: 47’




Gil Alkabetz (Mashabei Sade, Israel)

Travel to China An animator, illustrator and teacher. He has been director of the Frame by Frame Studio in Jerusalem, a professor at different schools in Israel and a visiting professor at the School of Art and Design in Lucerne, Switzerland. Since 1995 he has worked as an independent animator in his studio HomeSweetHome in Stuttgart (Germany). At the present time, he teaches at the Honrad Wolf HFF in Potsdam-Babelsberg and at Filmakademie Baden Württemberg.


Bitzbutz
1984 / 2’45’’ / Plasteline on a light table / No dialogue
A game between positive and negative. Out of a white square emerge a black monster and a white bird. Both want to take over the common territory. The fight ends with them erasing each-other.

 

Swamp 

1991 / 11’ /drawings on paper and cell / No dialogue
A battle between two horse-mounted armies, facing problems of territory and overweight.

 

Yankale

1995 / 9’09’’ / cells and drawing / Dialogue
This short film investigates the case of Jakob L. (Yankale), a clerk, who one day does not arrive on time to work. During the film we get to know more about his life, his childhood and mostly about his relationship with his oppressive mother. The gap between our desires and obligations.

Rubicon
1997 / 6’54’’ / cells / Dialogue
An original solution to the classical conundrum of how to bring a wolf, a sheep and a cabbage across the river without them eating each other. Theoretical solutions don’t really work in reality.

Trim Time
2002 / 2’30’’ / Ink on paper. 2D computer / No dialogue
During the course of a year, a tree receives rather radical pruning of its foliage.

Travel to China
2002 / 2’42’’/ Ink on paper. 2D computer / No dialogue
The film uses only one picture in order to tell the story of a man, who dreams all his life of leaving his home and travelling far away. However, his world is motionless, and in such a world a journey, like movement itself, can exist only in the imagination.

Morir de amor (Dying of Love )
2004 / 12’40’ ’/ Ink on paper/ drawn animation coloured on computer by hand with 2D compositing/ Dialogues
While their owner is having his siesta, two old parrots rake up memories from the past. This leads to unexpected consequences for all three of them.

Ein sonniger Tag (A Sunny Day)
2007 / 6’17’’ / 2D drawings / No dialogue
The sun rises just like any other day, but finds it is not as welcome as it expected.

The Da Vinci Time Code
2009 / 3’ / Photograph / No dialogue
Deconstruction of Leonardo da Vinci’s painting The Last Supper to create an animated film where the different parts of the film, based on similar shapes, permits us to discover movements.

Wollmond (Woolen Moon)
2010 / 6’25’’ / 2D drawings / No dialogue
An ambitious little old lady wants to knit a sweater for the moon, but forgets to take into account the dimensions of her crescent and waning client. In spite of her disappointment, she finally manages to diversify her urge to knitr. 

Total duration: 65’


Vuk Jevremovic (Frankfurt, Germany)

Patience of the Memory A plastic artist and animador. Initially trained to be an architect, Jevremovic has made a name for himself in the art world with his painting and animation. His first film, The Wind Subsides, has travelled all around the world and won several prizes. His short film Panther, made in 1998, inspired on R.M. Rilke’s poem, won fifteen international awards and reached the finals of the Oscars as best animated short film. He has been a member of the jury at international festivals like Jena, Regensburg and Dresden in Germany, Krok in Russia and Tallin in Estonia. He has also set up animation workshops in several countries: Tunisia, Estonia, Lebanon and Spain.

The Wind Subsides
1996 / 4’ / Pencil, chalk and oil on paper. Paint on transparent sheets / No dialogue
Images and music, the eternal transition from one to the other. Disappear and appear. Drawings and music addressing the spectator’s intuition while the story adapts.

Panther
1998 / 8’ / Pencil, chalk and oil on paper and canvas / No dialogue
A dream of freedom; a Greek sculpture comes to life in R.M. Rilke’s poem The Panther.

Tagebuch (Diary)
2000 / 11’ / Pencil, chalk and oil on paper and canvas / No dialogue
An ordinary day in the life of an antihero in a modern city.

Quercus
2004 / 11’ / Pencil on paper. 2D computer / No dialogue
A 2000-year-old oak tree tells the story of its life.

Close Your Eyes and Do Not Breathe

2006 / 8’ / Pencil on paper. 2D computer / Dialogue
A full moon; suddenly a shadow jumps through the window and carries our hero away into the night. Is it a lost love or just a dream? Inspired on Ivan Turgenev’s tale Ghost Story.

 

Patience of the Memory 

2009 / 7’ / Pencil, oil and watercolour on paper. Photographs and video. 2D computer and stop-motion/ No dialogue

The memory of Dresden, the most painted and most destroyed city in the last few centuries. An animated documentary. An expressive romantic journey from Caspar David Friedrich to Wols, including all artists who lived in Dresden.

Total durationl: 50’


PROGRAMA ESPECIAL: RAIMUND KRUMME, GIL ALKABETZ & VUK JEVREMOVIC

This special programme collects a selection of these three artists offering an outlook of their work. This way, the spectator will be able to approach the different and personal narratives of each artist and attend to a dialogue between masters of animation.

Bitzbutz

Gil Alkabetz/ Israel/ 1984 / 2’45’’ / Plasteline on a light table / No dialogue

Zuschauer (Spectators)
Raimund Krumme/ Germany/ 1989 / 6’47’’ / Drawings / No dialogue

Swamp 

Gil Alkabetz/ Germany/ 1991 / 11’ / drawings on paper and cell / No dialogue

The Wind Subsides
Vuk Jevremovic/ Germany/ 1996 / 4’ / Pencil, chalk and oil on paper. Paint on transparent sheets / No dialogue.

Die Kreuzung (Crossroads)
Raimund Krumme/ Germany/ 1991 / 10’/ Drawings / No dialogue

Rubicon
Gil Alkabetz/ Germany/1997 / 6’54’’ / cells / Dialogue

Prehod (Passage)
Raimund Krumme/ Germany/ 1994 / 6’34’’ / Drawings / No dialogue

Patience of the memory

Vuk Jevremovic/ Germany/ 2009 / 7’ / Pencil, oil and watercolour on paper. Photographs and video. 2D computer and stop-motion/ No dialogu

The Da Vinci Time Code
Gil Alkabetz/ Germany/ 2009 / 3’ / Photograph / No dialogue

 

Total duration: 60’


SCHEDULE:

Encounter with:

Raimund Krumme & Vuk Jevremovic

Wednesday  9th of March:
In this encounter, the artists will present us fragments of their works and will introduce us into the concepts, the technique, the use of space and movement in artistic animation throughout their personal experience. 
19:00 – 22:00h.


Screenings:

MARZO:

Friday 4th:

Opening
:
Screening of special programme: Raimund Krumme, Gil Alkabetz & Vuk Jevremovic
20:00 – 21:00h.

Thursday 10th:

Screening of the monographic of Raimund Krumme

20:00 – 20:50h.

Saturday 12th:
Screening of special programme: Raimund Krumme, Gil Alkabetz & Vuk Jevremovic

20:00 – 21:00h.

Wednesday 23rd:
Screening of the monographic of Gil Alkabetz

19:50 – 21:00h.

Thursday 24th:
Screening of the monographic of Vuk Jevremovic

20:00 – 20:50h.

Saturday 26th:
Screening of special programme: Raimund Krumme, Gil Alkabetz & Vuk Jevremovic

20:00 – 21:00h.

Wednesday 30th:
Screening of the monographic of Raimund Krumme

20:00 – 20:50h

Thursday 31st:
Screening of the monographic of Gil Alkabetz

19:50 – 21:00h.

APRIL:

Saturday 2nd:
Screening of special programme: Raimund Krumme, Gil Alkabetz & Vuk Jevremovic

20:00 – 21:00h. 

Wednesday 6th:
Screening of the monographic of Vuk Jevremovic

20:00 – 20:50h.

Thursday 7th:
Screening of the monographic of Raimund Krumme

20:00 – 20:50h.

Saturday  9th:
Screening of special programmel: Raimund Krumme, Gil Alkabetz & Vuk Jevremovic

20:00 – 21:00h.

Wednesday 13th:
Screening of the monographic of Gil Alkabetz

19:50 – 21:00h. 

Thursday 14th:
Screening of the monographic of Vuk Jevremovic

20:00 – 20:50h.

Saturday 16th:
Screening of special programme: Raimund Krumme, Gil Alkabetz & Vuk Jevremovic

20:00 – 21:00h.

USEFUL INFORMATION
Free admission
Limited capacity



Organised by:



With the collaboration of:

Universidad Politécnica de Valencia
Facultad de Bellas Artes de San Carlos
Departamento de Dibujo