This work is synchronized to music—performed on 6 grand pianos—created with composer Missy Mazzoli (“One of the more consistently inventive, surprising composers now working in New York” —NY Times) and choreographer Faye Driscoll (“Utterly original work” —NYTimes). The animation techniques reach back in time in the history of the form to early 20th century “visual music” works by artists like Mary Ellen Bute and Oskar Fischinger, through rotoscoped drawings, and all the way forward to modern day machine learning and AI. The threads it weaves form a parable about the nature of collaboration itself, the human mind, and the point at which logic and rules can become poetry.
An experimental animated film exploring the boundary between abstraction and narrative and ways in which one can emerge from the other
Director: Joshua Frankel
Choreographer: Faye Driscoll
(USA, 2020) 11:00 min