Last week a few of us went to onedotzero at the BFI, an annual festival showcasing the best in moving image, digital and interactive arts. It includes one-off live audio-visual performances, club nights and film screenings. Through its 15 years running, it has made itself known for highlighting emerging talents and new technology. We are very pleased that this year former MB Sam was one of them, having his film ‘In dreams’ included in the New British Talent 11 programme.
The opening night showed a good collection of narrative and abstract work and we were happy to see our friends at KINs interactive audio visual installation ‘Plasticity’. A visual representation of the interaction of an artificial neural network with the notes generated by a choir singing.
The BUG @ onedotzero Bjork Special, along with an interview with one of the directors, made for a rollercoaster of an evening that skidded between the dreamy, amorphous world of Bjork, and the hilarity of Buxton’s commentary. Most unexpected was the timelessness of Bjork’s 1999 video directed Chris Cunningham, All is Full of Love. The video is testament to Bjork’s ability to collaborate with fresh talent in ways which can set the aesthetic for over a decade’s worth of music videos.
We were a little bit disappointed with Extended Play 11, whose programme was supposed to be ‘demonstrating how visual narrative can be used powerfully to create dramatic effect’ and in the end, largely gave way to style over substance. With the multitude of stories that can be told surely not all of them need a zombie chewing your face off, or characters having their body parts ripped apart to make you feel that the filmmaker ’is extending beyond the boundaries of traditional storytelling and style’.
Wavelenght 11 set our heads on spin with an experimental genre of music videos. It showed a love for electronic music and illustration. We still think the video to Woodkids ‘iron’ is brilliant, even though it showcases many of this year’s motion trends it does so beautifully, capturing moments of flying drops of sweat and fiery plumes of smoke in all their HD glory.
Wow + flutter has been driving force of onedotzero’s programming since inception and shows the forecasting of moving image. It included a strong set of shorts, each varying in style and content. We found ‘One minute puberty’ and ‘Back to the start’ impressive in its ability to capture complex emotive stories in such a short amount of time. Henry Waltz, in turn, was amazing in its cinematic expression through sound and animation and Tactile Wavelength was brilliant in its sound design and photo realism. We also found it very refreshing to see football illustrated in such a delicate and crafted way as in El Clásico.
In general we were a little disappointed in the demographic cross section of festival goers, since its showed that onedotzero is still finding its legs within the art world and has a way to go before it really starts to attract an audience outside of the industry field. But in large the festival once again demonstrated how fascinating and fast-moving the development of moving image still is.
/Andy, Glen, Ellen, Jonny, Camilla and Rosanna