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In celebration of our summer exhibition The Art of Tinkering, we present an array of animated and kinetic short films exploring the inventive ways that amateurs, artists, and tinkerers manipulate the moving image in surprising and/or captivating ways. This eclectic program of short films gives breadth to various techniques artists employ to reframe interior and exterior landscapes.
100 Days of Candy Wrapper Art by Joyce Cheng (2021, 1 min.)
During the pandemic, the artist used a mint wrapper to make one tiny creation every day for 100 days. A delightful stop motion animation video captures the candy wrappers interacting with one another.
Furniture in Food by Joyce Cheng (2022, 2 min.)
An homage to Blu Dot's catalog of modern furniture, reimagined in colorful produce.
Please Press One Key by Jeremy Rourke (2020, 3 min.)
This short film uses stop motion animation to create a whimsical and wistful response to a time of isolation during San Francisco’s shelter-in-place order.
Dahlia by Michael Langan (2009, 3 min.)
The filmmaker creates a dynamic moving portrait of San Francisco by using various cinematic techniques. Set to a score of vocal percussion, Dahlia juxtaposes the more stable architectural forms and patterns of life with the frenetic behavior of humanity.
Please Don’t Stop by Stephanie Maxwell (1988, 5 min.)
This is a lush example of cameraless animation. Colors are layered one on the other, and then scratched into to create a vibrant mix of textures, shapes, and colors. It captures a liminal space between interior and exterior worlds. Screened on 16mm film!
Archive by Adam Forrester (2017, 2 min.)
This short film asks us to meditate on the mystery of an image imbued through cinematic mischief.
Image from Please Press One Key by Jeremy Rourke
Check out our summer exhibition The Art of Tinkering.
The Cinema Arts film collection is made possible by the Louis Goldblatt Memorial Fund.
The Cinema Arts program schedule can be found here.