The Foaming Node

The Foaming Node

Ian Haig

Australia 1:05:30

The Foaming Node tells the story of the last remaining observers who were members of a cult of sorts who followed the transmissions and evacuations of the mysterious Foaming Node, whose main project and mission was the distribution of the human body. This is their story.

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Interview: Ian Haig’s ‘Foaming Node’ - The Art Life

Review: The Foaming Node - Film Threat

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Director Biography - Ian Haig

Ian Haig works across media, from video, sculpture, technology-based media and installation. Haig’s practice refuses to accept that the low and the base level are devoid of value and cultural meaning. His body obsessed themes can be seen throughout a large body of work over the last twenty years. Previous works have looked to the contemporary media sphere and its relationship to the visceral body, the degenerative aspects of pervasive new technologies, to cultural forms of fanaticism and cults, to ideas of attraction and repulsion, body horror, the defamiliarisation and confrontation of the human body.

His work has been exhibited in galleries and film/video/media festivals around the world. Including exhibitions at: The Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne; The Ian Potter Museum of Art, Melbourne; The Experimental Art Foundation, Adelaide; The Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Melbourne; Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Artec Biennale – Nagoya, Japan; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Art Museum of China, Beijing; Museum Villa Rot, Burgrieden-Rot, Germany. In addition, his video work has screened in over 120 Festivals internationally. In 2003 he received a fellowship from the New Media Arts Board of the Australia Council and in 2013 and 2017 he curated the video art shows Unco and Very Unco at The Torrance Art Museum in Los Angeles.

Little Tsunamis

Little Tsunamis

Toby Clarkson

UK 1:20:00

Screening: 9:00pm, Sunday 30 September

A poetic essay documentary about listening that starts out following 3 sound artists (Chris Watson, Daniel Wilson and Jo Thomas) but takes a surprising turn when the director meets the deaf writer Louise Stern on a bus. Little Tsunamis interweaves a number of individual narrative threads, all held together by the story of the director's personal journey to edit the film. Along the way we pass through curious locations and chance encounters, culminating in an expanded horizon of listening beyond hearing.

So-Khin

So-Khin

Chaweng Chaiyawan

Thailand 18:00

Screening: 8:23pm, Sunday 30 September

So and Khin, a married couple from Myanmar, are employed on a on a rubber plantation within southern Thailand. 

Exploited by their employer due to the high competition for work in the area, the couple faces the struggle of overly demanding labour and persecution from unemployed locals. 

Their harrowing situation is staged in the midst of political unrest between the three southern Thai provinces.

Ahong, on the other hand

Ahong, on the other hand

Supanee Limrojnugool

Thailand 29:57

Screening: 7:53pm, Sunday 30 September

An 18 year-old girl wants to find her mother's body by going to Ahong rapids where the locals believe that most of corpses always drift and end up there, but nobody dares to take her there at all except a stranger officer.

Death of the Sound Man

Death of the Sound Man

Sorayos Prapapan

Thailand 15:40

Screening: 7:37pm, Sunday 30 September

Two sound recordists are working on a film. They realize that same as Thai government that never listen its citizen's voice, the audience don't care about the sound they worked hard on.

Under the Current

Under the Current

Supapit Chirattikanon

Thailand 24:20

Aom wants Knight, her boyfriend, to get full-time job rather than being a freelancer for settling in their relationship.

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Romantic Conceptualism

Romantic Conceptualism

Scot Cotterell

Australia 12:50

This is a single channel version of a multi-channel projection installation. Using the exhibition title as a prompt, various paid amateur actors create videos and photographs in response. Using content commissioning web-services such as Fiverr to hire actors from across the world, at a fixed USD rate, the works become studies of the aesthetics of this peculiar platform. They come together as a collective conjuring, a self-referential loop, a chant, a drone. A distributed idea and a redundant manifesto.

Through the process of search, find, order and transaction the disparate agents offering these low cost production services in their 'online global marketplace' are bought together as outsourced assistants in the production of new cultural material across cultural, social and economic borders.

As a single-channel work the piece becomes an awkward durational portrait of semi-anonymous agents and ultra time-specific visual styles, unique to the conditions of their creation. Cheap, ad hoc, pre-programmed and compressed.

Review: Eyeline - Scot Cotterell Romantic Conceptualism

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Director Biography - Scot Cotterell

Scot Cotterell (b.1979) is an Australian born young inter-disciplinary artist known for his works concerned with the experience of mediated environments. His work uses mixtures of sound, video, images and objects in gallery and live contexts to create experiences that reflect upon cultural phenomena. Scot holds and MFA from the University of Tasmania School of Art and has been nominated for the Qantas Foundation Contemporary Arts Award , The Alice Springs Art Prize and awarded the Shotgun 2010 commission by Detached Cultural Foundation and CAST, a Sound Travellers national touring grant, and several state and national funding supports through the Australia Council for the Arts and Arts Tasmania including projects in the Netherlands, Germany and Spain. Scot has also received the Jim Bacon Foundation Honours Scholarship, and Australian Post-Graduate Award Scholarship and a Gordon Darling Foundation professional development grant. Cotterell's work has been performed and exhibited nationally and internationally.

In addition to his gallery practice Scot has chaired Hobart's influential Artist-Run Space Inflight, sat on the boards of Contemporary Art Services Tasmania, The Plimsoll Gallery Committee, and the advisory panel for We Are Here International Artist-Run Initiative Symposium. Scot has been state representative for the ElectroFringe festival and has written commissioned essays and reviews for Cyclic Defrost, Devonport Regional Gallery and Wyndham Regional Gallery. Scot has curated exhibitions and releases for CAST Gallery, Boiler Room: National Improvisation Laboratory and The Academy Gallery UTAS, and co-curated exhibitions at BUS Gallery, The Plimsoll Gallery and Inflight ARI.

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Synopsis:

Romantic Conceptualism is a solo exhibition. Using the exhibition title as a prompt, various paid amateur actors create videos and photographs in response. Using content commissioning web-services to hire actors from across the world, at a fixed USD rate, the works become studies of the aesthetics of this peculiar platform. They come together as a collective conjuring, a self-referential loop, a chant, a drone. A distributed idea and a redundant manifesto.

Through the process of search, find, order and transaction the disparate agents offering these low cost production services in their 'online global marketplace' are bought together as outsourced assistants in the production of new cultural material across cultural, social and economic borders.

The exhibition title, the text prompt used to make the work and the main textual content of the individual works is one and the same, Romantic Conceptualism. A dialectic term with a binary central pin, on which it revolves. That central pin, as if through a dead specimen, holds a term before us for study, a term that suggests a point of emergent difference, cellular change, evolution. The point at which a cultural phenomena morphs a sub-level offspring. The point at which one DJ says to another 'I don’t make french house music, I make filtered french house music'

The term is sexy, semi-paradoxical and clunky.

It suggests two modes in operation together, a categorical bracket, a box in which to place things.

An adjective and a mode of thought, the prompt also acts as a carrier, injected into this distributed content creation system, populated at either end by humans but facilitated at every point in between by machines, codecs and devices.

Upside, Down

Upside, Down

Natchanon Vana

Thailand 35:00

Screening: 10:48pm, Saturday 29 September

The rise and fall of a modern relationship between Pete, a fashion designer, and Jay, a theatre actor as they both are trying to prolong their relationship and open a bar called "Upside, Down" during the year of tragedies.

Lost in Abandonment

Lost in Abandonment

Parin Intarasorn

Thailand 8:40

The expression of the senses of the abandoned town in the suburbs of Bangkok. Telling the story through 3 characters confront the feeling of abandonment.

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Director Biography - Parin Intarasorn

A communication design student with an interest in film.

Gwen

Gwen

Candace Wise

Australia 11:05

A Gwen Stefani doll comes between the friendship of two housemates, Dan and Anthony. Tensions rise and culminate in a shocking end.

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Director Biography - Candace Wise

Candace graduated from Media Arts and Production at UTS in 2014. Since then, she's worked on music videos, ads and with visual artists as a production and exhibition coordinator. In her current role as coordinator at sound post production studio, Sonar Sound, she's had her name in the credits of TV series such as House Husbands, Love Child, The Wrong Girl and Air Rescue. However, crafting and moulding stories from the outset, through words, performance, images, sound and stellar filmmaking teams, is where her heart lies. GWEN was the chance she was waiting for to flex her dormant creative muscles.


Director Statement

GWEN is a fun, witty and quirky tale for anyone who's ever lived with a maddening friend, or in a looney share-house. Of course, it will also appeal to all the Gwen Stefani fans out there! However, in the case of Dan, Ant and the Gwen doll, it's hard to tell if Gwen is the victim or the villain...

Scarecrow

Scarecrow

Liam Morgan & Top Tarasin

Thailand 10:00

Screening: 10:18pm, Saturday 29 September

As a primordial character emerges from the soupy earth, a woman leaves the confines of a blind civilization. Their paths move closer to each other and a strange creature bodes ill.

TERROR NULLIUS

TERROR NULLIUS

Soda Jerk

Australia / United States 55:00

Screening: 9:23pm, Saturday 29 September

TERROR NULLIUS is a political revenge fable which offers an un-writing of Australian national mythology. It works entirely within and against the official archive, in order to achieve a queering and othering of Australian cinema. Part political satire, eco-horror and road movie, TERROR NULLIUS is a world in which minorities and animals conspire, and not-so-nice white guys finish last. Where idyllic beaches host race-riots, governments poll love-rights, and the perils of hypermasculinity are overshadowed only by the enduring horror of Australia’s colonising myth of terra nullius.

1st DAY AND NEXT MINUTE

1st DAY AND NEXT MINUTE

Sara Koppel

Denmark 2:45

Screening: 9:20pm, Saturday 29 September

A rush adventure into a gender fluid-persons zone of desires. Where lust & responsibility
is constant dividing & demanding needs.

Unexploded Ordnance

Unexploded Ordnance

Sikarnt Skoolisariyaporn

Thailand 26:45

Unexploded Ordnance was realized during a journey on a cargo ship, CMA CGM Fidellio from Vancouver to Shanghai as part of 23 Days at Sea residency in 2017. The project was conceived in two parts, as moving image and writing, which co-exist in parallel - a double image, a doppelgaenger.

"What if the ocean is not the timeless space we
presume, but the very basin of time? What if the sea
was in fact a theatre of history, one wherein the
horror of humankind’s many exploitations repeatedly
play out, sink into obscurity, and traumatically return
to haunt us in shadow form, revealing all that modern
history has rendered ghostly?"

The book "Unexploded Ordnance" can be read online in English at https://issuu.com/sikarnt/docs/unexploded_ordnance_s2

The project was supported by Access Gallery in partnership with the Burrard Arts Foundation and the Contemporary Art Gallery.

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Director Biography - Sikarnt Skoolisariyaporn

Sikarnt Skoolisariyaporn is an artist and writer based in Bangkok and Berlin. Via moving image, performance, text and installation - their practice embraces perpetual complexity of space and time anomaly. They makes art in a state of weightlessness, and currently practice spinning and falling (level 2.8)

Recent exhibition and screening includes: Bangkok Screening Room (short open film); Twenty-Three days at Sea, Access Gallery, Vacouver, Canada; MOST, Hong kong; Parabiosis: Regeneration-Expansion, Chongqing Changjiang Contemporary Museum, Chongqing, China; Bangkok Underground Film Festival 2017, Bangkok, Thailand; Guilt Complex, Chalton Gallery, UK; Laundry National Art Prize, Australia; When Body Moves City, CCLAP, UK; Pareidolia ll, SPILL festival, UK; No Electricity, No Gas, No Water, Germany.
Recent performance includes: Interval 9, Essen, Germany; Object without Shadow, CAG, Vancouver, Canada; Space in body in Space, Stanley picker gallery, London, UK;Ouroboros Month of Performance Art-Berlin, Cell 63, Berlin, Germany; Amnesia Liquidity, Gruentaler 9, Berlin, Germany.

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Cuts across mediums of moving image, performance, text and installation, my practice explores a notion of human and non-human history embedded in geological spacetime; the history of mankind that is remembered by the earth and it's landscape. I am particularly interested in landscape of the sea: a seascape, as it offers a potential to imagine a perpetual landscape that transcends concept of "space" into "time". Seascape cannot be captured through photograph and cannot be represented in three dimensional virtual cartography (e.g. google street view), for the reason that - while the ground unfolds its still landscape in the three dimensional space - seascape only reveals itself in the fourth dimension of time. Landscape of the sea exists in its movement of waves and wind, in it's constant shape changing, in it's state of flux. It does not only suggest a new way to understand spatiality - but also change the way of approaching history (a set of events that happens within space and time): history as a contingent meta-object that cannot be known in it's entirety but can only be kaleidoscopically sensed through it's partial encounter. This perspective leads to an encounter with perpetual complexity and mystery of the past - suggests the imagination for the impossible task towards the emancipation of history from human's limit of thought.

Those who can die

Those who can die

Charlotte Cayeux

France 18:33

Zoé, 15 years old, enters a strict boarding school. Around her, pupils are playing and attending classes with faded eyes. Through their obsequious facade, the supervisors’ violence lurks. One day Zoé meets Marie and understands what they are destined for.

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Director Biography - Charlotte Cayeux

After getting a Master of cinema at the University Paris 3, Charlotte Cayeux directed 5 short movies since 2011 : "Scene", "Resurgence", "Tapi's three new adventures", "Nassara" and "Those who can die".

Divine Darkness

Divine Darkness

Patrick Gregg

United States 6:18

If there is a transcendent ideal, it is inherently unknowable. Light penetrates our bodies with an undeniable truth, but all attempts to know that light only emphasize it's ineffable nature. All that we can know is what it is not. Through a deductive process of "It is not this, nor that..." we may come closer to that impenetrable darkness that radiates so much uncreated light.

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Director Biography - Patrick Gregg
I graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 2018 with a degree in film studies. I'm most interested in non-narrative cinema. My work has screened at various art galleries, small festivals, and music performances.

Foster Home

Foster Home

Onpreeya Prasertsuk

Thailand 19:00

Nott, He has been at this orphanage for a long time. Every year, there is only one opportunity to be chosen to leave the orphanage. Everyone is hoping to get that chance. Nott too but he can only watch his friends leave one by one. And every child thinks they can leave because of an extra point. But Nott thinks different because last year Nott even though he switched his shoes and friend’s shoes but his friend can leave . Therefore this year he tries to make his shoes like last year. However he can’t leave again and if he waits for the next opportunity he must wait until next year. But now he does not wait and he chooses to leave the orphanage by himself.

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Malady of us

Malady of us

Tanakit Kitsanayunyong

Thailand 10:37

"The image of a dream is similar to the image of movie"

The unfinished dream of someone. Malady of us, is a story about one man’s memory of someone he missing. Who invite him to make a remake movie together. Movie that will remake again and again like in a loop of Thailand’s political situations.

Director Statement

Have you ever had unfinished dream then wake up in the middle of it ?

Later you dream again and finally it’s unfinished again and you realise you are in loop. Images from dreams I feel are similar to movies and memory. Sometime collage and superimposition in look. A conversation without sound using feelings to communicate. This film is created from that feeling.

The Unfinished dream of someone. The memory of a movie that will remade again and again like in a Thailand fall in trap of loop with 17 times coup d'etat and frequency listing at no.4 in the world.

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Director Biography - Tanakit Kitsanayunyong

4th generations of his Chinese immigrant descendants family in Thailand. Tanakit Kitsanayunyong based in Bangkok. . Graduated from RMUTT in Major of Photography&Cinematography. His curious in perceptual to various side of human. His passion in arts&narrative film be an observation in human disciplines , politics , cultural and history.

Chaloemkiat

Chaloemkiat

Suphawich Aroonwejkul

Thailand 25:09

Tossapol a screenwriter who moves into the apartment of Chaloemkiat Jongtham, a famous deceased Thai horror film director, to write the screenplay of Chaloemkiat's biography film. Ketsinee the ghost from every film of Chaloemkiat comes to help to Tossapol with the screenplay. But Ketsinee demands he sacrifice the life of Newin Padejaksorn the rival screenwriter of Tossapol.

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NOA

NOA

Angel Barroeta

United States 14:45

A spiritual journey, in a dystopian and chaotic society, brings Noa to dive deep into the dark side of humanity.

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Review: ‘NOA’ enigmatic film about the price of freedom

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Director Biography - Angel Barroeta

Angel was Born in USA and raised in Venezuela, started his career shooting Skateboarding videos, known as the cinematographer of films like Bravetown and Mondays Night at Seven, is now He is bringing us his own stories as Writer / Director