What do we see when we close our eyes and stop our ears? We become familiar with abstract and experimental animation

Short films
free entry for students of the Leon Wyczółkowski's School of Arts
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Lack of history, impossibility to define what you see, too intensive visual and auditory sensations, or simply incomprehension are the most frequent reasons for rejecting abstract and experimental animation by viewers. In fact, this area serves as an exploration field for possibilities of animated films, finding new ways of visual narration, and above all it is a place in which the viewer’s perception is refreshed, which was previously accustomed to common notions of traditional firm narrative and “Disney” imaging. However, in order to appreciate the important role of experimental animation and the value of abstract animation, we have to “learn” how to perceive it. It will be supported by activities, during which students will get acquainted with the most important examples from the entire history of animated and experimental film and will be able to ask questions.

Curator: Piotr Kardas

Independent Animator of the Animation World; initiator and director of ANIMATION ACROSS BORDERS (2012-), O!PLA ANIMATION FESTIVAL in Poland (2013-), Rising of Lusitania - AnimaDoc Film Festival in Liverpool, UK (2019-); Co-creator and programme director of CRAFT International Animation Festival in Yogyakarta (Java, Indonesia); coordinator of Polish chapter of  StopTrik International Film Festival (2016-); curator, juror (Belarus, Brazil, Croatia, Germany, Italy, Norway, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain), initiator and coordinator of various cultural and artistic projects.

He studied Film Theory and New Media (University of Lodz). In 2010 - 2012 he working for Se-ma-for Film Production as a distributor and Se-ma-for Film Foundation as an initiator and coordinator of special events (i.a. Se-Ma-For European/Asian Express 2011: Beijing/Madrid/Tokyo/Paris) and a program director of two first editions of Se-Ma-For Film Festival (2010/2011). Initiator and coordinator of Animation Section & Competition at ARS INDEPENDENT International Film Festival in Katowice (2012) and SCARY PUPPETS & SEXY DOLLS (2010-), among others. In 2008 – 2010 he was a program director in one of the most famous arthouse cinema in Poland - Charlie Cinema. Permanently cooperates with several festivals and institutions all around the world.