Animation of the Unconsciousness: CalArts and the Teachings of Jules Engel

  • Flesh Flows by Adam Beckett
  • Hors d'oeuvres by Jules Engel
  • Shapes and Gestures by Jules Engel
  • Mirror People by Kathy Rose
  • Blue Star Mine by Susan Elmore
  • Aura-Corona by Sky David
  • Painting/Movie (1973) by Barbara Stutting
  • A Film for Log Hill Dogs (1974) by Diana and David Wilson
  • The Gameroom (1978) by Dorne Huebler
  • California Institute of the Arts 1974/75 (1974) by Roberta Friedman & Grahame Weinbren
  • Pencil Booklings (1978) by Kathy Rose
  • Wet Paint (1977) by Jules Engel

    October 10, 2011, 8:30pm
    REDCAT, 631 West 2nd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012

    Presented in conjunction with REDCAT

    Tickets $10 general, $8 students, $5 Cal Arts students/faculty/staff. 

    Tickets at: http://www.redcat.org/

    In the 1970s CalArts was the epicenter of radical artist experimentation. The Film Graphics Program (later named Experimental Animation) was no exception. Founded and Directed by Jules Engel, the program sought to push the boundaries of animation into areas never before explored. Jules' nurtured his students, provided a safe environment for experimentation and taught that an artist must always work from their "gut." Thus, a new and unique form of animation emerged. Freewheeling, transgresive, and imaginative, the films presented in this program blew open the field of animation to images, meaning and movement not previously seen.

    What happens when an animator follows a line, a patch of color or a shape into the unconscious? What wild images would emerge and how could one image lead to another? What could we learn about art, animation and the human condition from these brave forages into the unknown depths of the mind?

    Such were the questions posed by Engel’s own films—Shapes and Gestures (1976), Wet Paint (1977), Hors d’oeuvre (1978)—and by the students carrying his legacy: Kathy Rose (Mirror People, 1974), Adam Beckett (Flesh Flows, 1974), Dennis Pies/Sky David (Aura-Corona, 1974), Henry Selick (Phases, 1978), Lisze Bechtold (Moon Breath Beat, 1980), and others.  This is the 2nd screening in the Filmforum series Alternative Projections: Experimental Film in Los Angeles, 1945-1980.

    Curated by Christine Panushka, Professor, John Hench Division of Animation and Digital Arts, School of Cinematic Arts, University of Southern California

     

     

    Films to be Screened

    • California Institute of the Arts 1974/75 by Roberta Friedman & Grahame Weinbren California Institute of the Arts 1974/75 by Roberta Friedman & Grahame Weinbren

      California Institute of the Arts 1974/75 (1974, 16mm, color, sound, 3.5min.)
      Directed by Roberta Friedman and Grahame Weinbren

      (print courtesy of Roberta Friedman, Grahame Weinbren, and the Academy Film Archive)
    • Shapes and Gestures (1976) by Jules Engel Shapes and Gestures (1976) by Jules Engel

      Shapes and Gestures (1976, 16mm, color, sound, 7min.)
      Directed by Jules Engel

      (preservation print courtesy of the Academy Film Archive and The iotaCenter)
    • Wet Paint by Jules Engel Wet Paint by Jules Engel

      Wet Paint (1977, 16mm, color, sound, 3min.)
      Directed by Jules Engel

      (preservation print courtesy of the iotaCenter and the Academy Film Archive)
    • Hors d'oeuvres (1978) by Jules Engel Hors d'oeuvres (1978) by Jules Engel

      Hors d’oeuvres (1978, 16mm, color, sound, 4min.)
      Directed by Jules Engel

      (print courtesy of The iotaCenter and the Academy Film Archive)
    • Dream of the Sphinx (1970-71, 16mm, color, silent 24fps, 4min.)
      Directed by James Gore

      (preservation print courtesy of the Academy Film Archive)
    • The Letter (ca.1971, 16mm, color, silent 24fps, 2min.)
      Directed by Adam Beckett and James Gore

      (preservation print courtesy of the Academy Film Archive)
    • Flesh Flows (1974) by Adam Beckett Flesh Flows (1974) by Adam Beckett

      Flesh Flows (1974, 16mm, color, sound, 6.5min.)
      Directed by Adam Beckett

      (restored print courtesy of The iotaCenter and the Academy Film Archive)
    • Mirror People by Kathy Rose Mirror People by Kathy Rose

      Mirror People (1974, 16mm, color, sound, 5min.)
      Directed by Kathy Rose

      (restored print courtesy of the Academy Film Archive)
    • A Film for Log Hill Dogs by Diana Wilson & David Wilson A Film for Log Hill Dogs by Diana Wilson & David Wilson

      A Film for Log Hill Dogs (1974, 16mm, color, silent 24fps, 2min.)
      Directed by David Wilson and Diana Wilson

      (restored print courtesy of the Academy Film Archive)
    • Painting/Movie (1973) by Barbara Stutting Painting/Movie (1973) by Barbara Stutting

      Painting/Movie (1973, 16mm, color, sound, 7.5min.)
      Directed by Barbara Stutting

      (print courtesy of The iotaCenter and the Academy Film Archive)
    • Well Birds (1978, 16mm, b/w, sound, 3min.)
      Directed by Howard Better

    • The Gameroom (1978) by Dorne Huebler The Gameroom (1978) by Dorne Huebler

      The Gameroom (1978, 16mm, color, sound, 4min)
      Directed by Dorne Huebler

      (print courtesy of The iotaCenter and the Academy Film Archive)
    • Aura-Corona by Sky David Aura-Corona by Sky David

      Aura-Corona (1974, 16mm, color, sound, 4min.)
      Directed by Sky David

      (print courtesy of The iotaCenter and the Academy Film Archive)
    • Blue Star Mine by Susan Elmore Blue Star Mine by Susan Elmore

      Blue Star Mine (1977, 16mm, color, sound, 4min.)
      Directed by Susan Elmore

      (print courtesy of The iotaCenter and the Academy Film Archive)
    • Phases (1978, digital (orig. 35mm), color, sound, 5.5min.)
      Directed by Henry Selick

      (restored digital file courtesy of the Academy Film Archive)
    • Animal Crackers (1978, 16mm, color, sound, 2min.)
      Directed by Mark Kirkland

    • Moon Breath Beat (1980, 35mm, color, sound, 5min.)
      Directed by Lisze Bechtold

    • Water Cycle (1981, 16mm, color, sound, 5min.)
      Directed by Steve Socki

    • Inside Out (1979, 16mm, color, sound, 10min.)
      Directed by Howard Danelowitz

    • Pencil Booklings (1978) by Kathy Rose Pencil Booklings (1978) by Kathy Rose

      Pencil Booklings (1978, 35mm, color, sound, 13min.)
      Directed by Kathy Rose

      (Preservation print courtesy of the Academy Film Archive)