17 Days Video Series

Day 1 > István Horkay
August 10, 2014, 12:17 am
Filed under: 17 Days (vol.7)

“The Lord’s Prayer”
Music by Shiri Malckin from Israel
Lyrics and voice by Nina Maroccolo from Italy
Video art by István Horkay from Hungary

Horkay’s art is epitomic in the double meaning of the word: a fragment, an incised part of something already in existence, and – just because of this incision – is an injury to the finished surface, to the tangle of writing or a finished picture. This relies on the experience that man, handing himself down through signs, simulates a kind of sense-wholeness. In these series this textual sense-wholeness appears to be ever different as different colors enter the surface at different sites. It is the same and not the same at the same time. “Once the signs are scars, then the wounds will tell tales of some non-alleviated history” (D. Kamper – Zur Soziologie der Imagination Hanser V. 1986. p. 148).

The sign will temporarily closen over the story. Who else would know this better than Freud, who, after the neurological-physiological and neuropsychical phases, so deeply doubted that it was possible “to bring to light the hidden content in its wholeness”
(Konstruktionen in der Analyse 1937. in: Stud. Ausgabe Ergb. Fischer V. 1982. p. 398).

The Lord’s Prayer – TRT 5:04 mins

István Horkay (b. December 25, 1945 Budapest) is a Hungarian painter. After graduating from the School of Fine Arts in Budapest in 1964, Horkay was invited to attend the Academy of Fine Arts in Cracow -Poland, one of the Major Art and Cultural Centers of Eastern Europe, where he received his Master of Fine Arts. He continued his Studies at the Royal Academy of Art in Copenhagen, Denmark. (1968) and did additional Post graduate work at the Academy of Fine Arts in Budapest. (1971) Horkay studied under the Internationally known Artist and Theater Director Tadeusz Kantor as well as Professors M. Wejman and J. Nowosielski. Palle Nielsen/Danmark/ He received Diplomas in Graphic Arts, Painting, and Film Animation.


Day 2 > Lynn Dana Wilton
August 10, 2014, 12:16 am
Filed under: 17 Days (vol.7)

Toronto Animated Image Society (TAIS) put out a Request for Proposal regarding the 2011 Nuit Blanche festival with the theme of “The Elements”. Half a dozen experimental shorts would run on the One Stop Media Network’s TTC subway monitors (in association with Art 4 Commuters, The Ontario Arts Council, and The Toronto Arts Council) through the night, though, necessarily, silent and in a very narrow aspect ratio.

“(Re)Cycle” (now in a more standard aspect ratio w/sound) strove to draw attention to our dependency on the connections between the elements in our world by integrating them into BOTH the content and the media choices.

* * *

FIRE (and life) begins with a lightning strike then bubbling magma at the centre of the Earth told through scratching 35 mm film. Light from our modern “captured-fire” (electricity) shines through to illuminate the magma tunneling upwards through the …

EARTH. Under-lit sand animation shows us the layers of the mantle. Fossils (actual & sculpted) are passed, pressure building to a volcanic eruption of ash into the …

AIR where the ash cloud dissipates into steam portrayed by sifted sugar then blown clear. The wind stirs a maple tree, taking the keys (collected after “helicopter-ing” down) through the sky where seagulls pass on their way to the seaside. When the gulls target a school of flying fish skimming by, they dive to take us under the …

WATER. Lubricant splashes and we enter a world populated by watercolour paper puppets carrying us deeper. When a passing whale’s tail stirs up a phosphorescent wake, in the return to scratch-on-film, we see the mysterious lights of the deep ocean where life began.

We’ve returned to the strange and unpredictable fires of the Earth’s core.

* * *

It’s my hope that, by illustrating the ways in which all of life is connected in our world, we will be more greatly inspired to protect it and think twice about what we throw into the mix.

“(Re)Cycle” – TRT 1:50 mins

Lynn is an animating Jill-of-all-trades who trained in classical at Sheridan College, has worked commercially in stop-motion (mostly television series & specials), and likes experimental techniques (frequently with TAIS, the Toronto Animated Image Society). “(Re)Cycle” has screened at: International Short Film Festival (Mauritius) 2014, CNE (Canadian National Exhibition) w/TAIS (Toronto, Canada) 2014, Dawson City International Short Film Festival (Yukon, Canada) w/TAIS 2014, Shuto Con “Women In Animation – The Short Films” (Michigan, U.S.A.) 2014, ICE (Improvisational Concert Ensemble) w/soundtrack improvised live (Waterloo, Canada) 2013, Filmo Corto Festival (Lima, Peru) w/TAIS 2013, Reel Earth Environmental Film Festival (Palmerston North, New Zealand) 2013, Halifax Independent Film Festival (Halifax, Canada) w/TAIS 2013, Byron Bay International Film Festival (Byron Bay, Australia) 2013, Animation With Love 3/Carbon Arc (Halifax), SoDak Animation Festival (Brookings, South Dakota, U.S.A.), NSI Online Film Festival (Canada), TAAFI – Toronto Animated Arts Festival International (Toronto), TAIS International Showcase 2012 – Toronto Animated Image Society (Toronto) and (silent, alternate aspect ratio) Nuit Blanche Festival 2011 (Toronto).


Day 3 > Dael Oates
August 10, 2014, 12:15 am
Filed under: 17 Days (vol.7)

Maintenance is exploration into the power of memory. I wanted to create a film that could be both a poetic narrative piece as well as conceptual art. I filmed in my Grandparents home, just after they passed away and it was left exactly the way I remember it as a little boy.

Cathleen, my grandmother, loved this house. She loved her garden. She loved the flowers and the trees. She loved the grass and the number 62 on the mail box, the dripping taps and weeds that grew in the cement path. She loved to keep everything, even if something were broken it was never thrown away. Maybe it could be useful, she would tell me.

She loved Adam, my grandfather. And he loved her too. He loved his shed. Full of tools and pieces of metal and wood. I was always told he could make or fix anything. He makes the nuts and bolts to hold it together my Dad would say.

He played the trumpet. He was a Mason. I asked him to show me the secret handshake, but he never did.

They had a pet kangaroo and a cat named Smokey.

That clothesline was of another era my Dad would say.

When they passed away the house was going to be sold. The family needed to clean it up, go through everything they kept close, everything they left behind. I could feel the memories. Like they were trapped inside and attached to all the little things in there.

I realized memories have place. They stay where they are created as long as there is someone to maintain them.

Maintenance – TRT 9:24 mins

Dael Oates is a Australian film maker, living in Brooklyn with him family including a 3 year old girl and 16month identical twin boys. With a background in both photography and design Dael is a self taught film maker. His career began at Oscar winning VFX and 3d animation studio Animal Logic. Here the exposure to a gamut of creative projects from visual FX design to art direction to story and script development created a path to Directing. He has won a number of awards of his work including the Kodak Young Directors Award. Dael’s work spans many disciplines and genres. With a toolkit of motion graphics design, stop motion animation, photography, visual FX, Dael’s multi disciplinary approach to his film making creates a unique lens to how we can experience storytelling.


Day 4 > Gioacchino Petronicce
August 10, 2014, 12:14 am
Filed under: 17 Days (vol.7)

Made only with pictures and Love. “Pictures” Speaks about photography and photographer. Here, the photographer is moving in the space to discover a particular event. When he find it he just push the button and… click ! I tried on this experiment to describe my vision about “how can I make a photography ?” This is like a game with the time, acceleration, break and restart.

“Pictures” has been created from 80 000 pictures shot this last 3 years in various city (Paris, Barcelona, Hossegor, Venezia, Toulouse, Martinique, New York City, Montpellier, etc.) Edited with Lightroom 4, Quick Time pro 7, Final Cut Pro 7 and Pro tools 9. Camera : 5D mark III and 7D (Jpeg and raw) Lenses : Tokina 11-16mm, Canon 35mm L, Zeiss 50mm 1.4, Canon 50mm 1.4, Canon 100mm 2.8, Samyang 85mm 1.4, Lens baby, Canon 15-85mm. ”

PICTURES – TRT 2:42 mins

Born in February 1985, Gioacchino Petronicce started to study psychology and philosophy at the university in Toulouse and later integrated the ESAV (Superior School of Broadcast) from October 2008 to June 2012. There he studied film direction with a specialization in Sound. He is interested in experimental and ambient atmosphere.

He began to work as a director in 2012. After several short films he created on his own, he collaborated on his first commercial in 2012. In May 2013, he directed with success the short film Whisper for the promotion of the YDA festival (Young Director Award), where he was in competition in the Video Art category for his film Game Over. He is currently working on his first feature film.

Gioacchino Petronicce – Toulouse, Paris France


Day 5 > Jordan Bruner
August 10, 2014, 12:13 am
Filed under: 17 Days (vol.7)

Film by Jordan Bruner
Sound by Future Perfect

The Leaf Woman and the Centaur is a stop-motion animated film that looks to reconcile a set of creation myths and re- establish the act of experiencing the story as their central component. In the same way Paradise Lost articulated the felix culpa (beneficial fall of man) within the Biblical beginnings, or Dante’s Inferno explored our ethical and spiritual scaffolding, The Leaf Woman and the Centaur will use the same basic tropes present in every creation myth to emphasize the value of an ancient experience that died with the cold logic of words.

This is the first episode.

The Leaf Woman & the Centaur – TRT 3:11 mins

Jordan Bruner is a Brooklyn based director and artist. Mythology, travel, and surprising narratives make Jordan’s work unique, while her illustration style gives her commercials, music videos, and short films a strong sense of voice. Jordan has worked with clients including Linda McCartney Foods, Friskies, and Etsy, and collaborated with bands ranging from the Mountain Goats to Paramore. She has shown her short films in festivals all around the world and in 2013 she was named an ADC Young Gun. In amongst creating 2D and Stop Frame animations, Jordan finds time to paint, collect hologram paintings, and play the stylophone.


Day 6 > Cynthia Atkins & Nic Sebastian
August 10, 2014, 12:12 am
Filed under: 17 Days (vol.7)

A large part of my focus at the moment is generating video remixes from the repository of poems available for creative remix at The Poetry Storehouse (http://poetrystorehouse.com). As a remixer, I try to capture, in concrete audio-visual form, the answers to basic questions I have about a poem: “How did this poem make me feel, what did it make me think, what did it show me?” So that the viewer/listener of the remix receives a fused creative perspective, a synthesis resulting from the encounter between the poet’s words and the remixer’s experience. For this video, I worked with a marvelous piece by poet Cynthia Atkins on inherited mental health issues.

Family Therapy – TRT 2:22 mins

Nic Sebastian
Poet, voice artist and film-maker, Nic Sebastian is the author of ‘Forever Will End On Thursday’ and ‘Dark and Like A Web’. She is co-founder and curator of The Poetry Storehouse (http://poetrystorehouse.com), a website which showcases ‘great contemporary poems for creative remix’, and she makes poetry videos as part of that project. Nic blogs at Very Like A Whale (http://verylikeawhale.wordpress.com) and was the voice and founder of the now-archived audio poetry site, Whale Sound.

Cynthia Atkins
Cynthia Atkins’ poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Alaska Quarterly Review, American Letters & Commentary, BigCityLit, BOMB, Caketrain,,Clementine, Del Sol Review, Denver Quarterly, Harpur Palate, Inertia, The Journal, North American Review, Sou’wester, Tampa Review, Valparaiso Review, and Verse Daily among others. Her second collection, “In The Event of Full Disclosure” was recently featured on the Huffington Post and the Bill and Dave Cocktail Hour, and reviewed in [PANK] and the North American Review. She earned her MFA from Columbia University’s School of the Arts and holds residencies from the VCCA and Breadloaf Writer’s Conference and currently is an assistant professor of English at Virginia Western Community College, and lives in Rockbridge County, VA on the Maury River with her family.

Day 7 > Samantha Gurry
August 10, 2014, 12:11 am
Filed under: 17 Days (vol.7)

The world thru a keyhole and two steps back in line at the bank. In my work I use various methods and media to convey my thoughts on popular culture, sexuality, gender roles, outer space and how we relate to one another. I am constantly picking objects off the ground and out of the trash. Organizing what we fetishize and separate from, like family photos, letters and well-worn remote controls.

Collage enables me to use all I accumulate and work thru what we throw away. Using disparate filmmaking techniques, including stop motion, found footage, live action and video manip, I’m able to reflect my collage style in motion as well as static art.

Right now, I am especially concerned with young women on the cusp of Motherhood. I’m from a traditional Italian-American Family. The pressure to raise a family is still strong. Looking at the women around me I wonder when will they become a moral dial for another person. When do these rad women put down the blunts and pick up breast pumps?

Montag // There is a Voice – TRT 3:18 mins

Samantha Gurry (BFA, University of the Arts) lives and works in Philadelphia, PA, just enough outside of New Jersey to count as leaving. She works outside of her home studio with her partner and cat. She works with film, animation and digital media.

Samantha’s work has screened internationally at Ottawa International Animation Festival, SXSW(Austin, Texas), Sydney Underground Film Fest, Melbourne International Film Fest, AXWFF(New York, NY), Fest Anca(Žilina, Slovakia), and more. Her music video, “[bleu] // l’apparition de courbes aurorales”, took the Audience Choice Award in the Free Radicals category at the Sydney Underground Film Festival(2013). She was recently invited to participate in ASIFA-East’s Women in Stop Motion Animation panel at SVA. Her work was also displayed at the Plunk Shop in Upstate NY for their ‘Chuck’ show.

When not working with moving images, she creates assemblage collage, psych music, and goes through people’s trash.



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