Since 2007, the program section Live Animation has been dedicated to introducing and interpreting audio-visual projects that are created as they are being presented, within the presence of their author and an audience. In cases like this, the moving image often pervades various forms of presentation, so live animation falls contextually under the art of film projections, gallery exhibition projects, club concerts and theatre performances. For the dramaturgy of this section, the year of 2012 became a theme of following the current artistic events and diversity of technological approaches from the performance with 16mm film (Metamkine, FR), through programmed image (Lasonick & KOF, CZ), to the significance of darkness in cinema (Mark Fell, UK). The programme of the Live Animation section will be uniquely interpreted by the artists, who will be introduced by several expression positions within their work.
This year's PAF guests include the British musician and visual artist Mark Fell whose concert will take place in Metropol Cinema and who will also introduce his installation and screening of graphic animations. The performance of the French Metamkine will be extended by live music and projection from several 16mm projectors. Besides their performance, they will present their creative approaches too. There will be the premiere of the film Hunting Boghor which was shot by three students of FAMU – František Týmal, David Šmitmajer and Jiří Rouš – who used 16mm material. The visual artist Jiří Havlíček will introduce the Captives of Film for which the soundtrack will be recorded at PAF. The duo Lasonick & Kof will interconnect generated sound and gramophone sampling during the audio-visual performance Spectral Scenery. A special event, which will take place in Corpus Christi Chapel, will be a double-concert of the Finnish representative of electronic music Vladislav Delay and the Slovak musician and producer Ink Midget. Both concerts, compiled of the material from the current albums, will take place inside the projection-spotlighted and animated chapel.
MARK FELL (GB)
Mark Fell, the British visual artist and representative of the electronic music scene is in his approaches influenced for example by the tradition of experimental film, videoart and sound analysis and he has been engaged in these fields since his studies at Sheffield Polytechnic in the late 1980s. Meeting the Canadian filmmaker and visual artist Michael Snow was crucial for Mark Fell's early career. One of the major themes in Fell's work is sound "organisation" in a space and, more generally, the relation between the sound and light sources. In the field of techno music, his collaboration with Matt Steel and their joint musical project snd is significant. Fell's albums are released under such music labels as Mille Plateaux, Mego, Raster Noton and Alku. The concert programme of the Multistability album will take place at PAF, Factoid #3 will be exhibited and the author himself will present his generated audio-visual projects. (Martin Mazanec)
If expanded cinema was considered a genre, Metamkine would be its long-shining star. The band came into being in 1987 when the filmmakers Christopher Auger and Xavier Quérel joined forces with the musician Jérôm Noetinger in Grenoble. From the very beginning it was more than a mere projection accompanied by live sound. Metamkine consider audio-visual performance as a specific genre – improvisation in which sound and image have an equal role. They project from several projectors, they overlap and layer images on the screen, and they compose an ephemeral image out of individual light flashes. When other people started getting rid of most of laboratory equipment, the musicians established the MTK production studio and started gathering obsolete trick optical printers, chemical instruments and Bolex film cameras. They thus became one of the first film "Labs" – private film manufactories – to offer services to interested persons who wished to shoot and process films far beyond the boundaries of normal laboratory standards. The MTK studio was later followed by many other Labs in London, Paris, Amsterdam and Brussels. Metamkine have closed their studio to the public, but they still experiment there with chemistry, optical printing and other marginal forms of the film image. (Martin Blažíček)