Monday, June 3, 2013

Dada Animation




As part of the Dancing Around Duchamp season at London's Barbican, I was lucky enough to see a programme of 10 films by directors Stan VanDerBeek & Robert Breer last week, here are some of my favourites by both.

A programme of early work by two pre-eminent directors of the American Underground, Robert Breer (1926-2011) and Black Mountain College alumnus Stan VanDerBeek (1927-84), working in the spirit of Dadaist collage and abstraction… featuring a healthy Dadaist sense of humour and the absurd.

The programme was followed by a ScreenTalk with Mark Bartlett, a Stan VanDerBeek Scholar and tutor at the University for the Creative Arts, and Suzanne Buchan, Professor of Animation Aesthetics at Middlesex University with publications such as The Quay Brothers: Into a Metaphysical Playroom (2011). Additionally, they work respectively as Associate Editor and Editor of Animation: an Interdisciplinary Journal.