HYBRID SHORT FILM, 11 MIN, 2020
"SYMPOIETIC BODIES" IS AN ARTISTIC-PHILOSOPHICAL PROJECT PRESENTED THROUGH THE MEDIUM FILM, WHICH EXPLORES THE DISRUPTION OF THE BOUNDARIES BETWEEN THE HUMAN BODY AND ITS SOCIAL AND PHYSICAL SURROUNDINGS.
Concept & Synopsis
The hybrid short film Sympoietic Bodies explores the disruption of the boundaries between human body and its social and physical surroundings. The short film arises from my interest in combining a philosophical understanding of our bodies and their interaction with other beings in and within the constructed environment, with the exploration of new technological possibilities in the experimental and animation film context.
Animation is here used as a sociopolitical tool, where the hybrid use of computer-generated animations and digital shootings aim to provide different perspectives on ourselves and our environment, while creating a continuous interplay between an anthropocentric and a post-anthropocentric point of view. In this sense, the film experiments a postanthropocentric scenario related to a nowadays society, where the human body gets decentered and deconstructed in its whole. The plot shows glimpse of the life of “C”, inhabitant of an urban configuration, and details of her interaction and perception within the urban environment.
ANIMATION IS HERE USED AS A SOCIOPOLITICAL TOOL, WHERE THE HYBRID USE OF COMPUTER-GENERATED ANIMATIONS AND DIGITAL SHOOTINGS AIM TO PROVIDE DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVES ON OURSELVES AND OUR ENVIRONMENT, WHILE CREATING A CONTINUOUS INTERPLAY BETWEEN AN ANTHROPOCENTRIC AND A POST-ANTHROPOCENTRIC POINT OF VIEW.
Screenings & Awards
2021 Official Selection: Viborg Animation Festival 2021. September 2021. Best Experimental Nomination. Viborg (DK)
2021 Official Selection: Cinematica Festival. Audiovideo Installation "Live & Digital Experience". August 2021. Mole Vanvitelliana, Ancona (IT)
2021 Official Selection: Bogotá Experimental Film Festival / CineAutopsia. "Del cuerpo y sus dimensiones contemporáneas". August 2021. Bogotá (CO)
2021 Best Experimental: GIFF21, GB21, Gbiennale 21'. July 2021. Melbourne (AU)
2021 Official Selection: GIFF21, GB21, Gbiennale 21'. July 2021. Melbourne (AU)
2021 Official Selection: Sacramento Underground Film & Arts Festival. Experimental Short. July 2021. Sacramento, California (USA)
2021 Best Animation: Buzz Vicious Underground Film Festival 2021. July 2021. Amazonas (BR)
2021 Official Selection: Buzz Vicious Underground Film Festival 2021. July 2021. Amazonas (BR)
2021 Honorable Mention: LA Underground Film Forum. July 2021. Los Angeles (USA)
2021 Best Experimental: MUTE Festival 2021. June 2021. Potenza and Matera (IT)
2021 Official Selection: MUTE Festival 2021. Experimental Mutations Program. June 2021. Potenza and Matera (IT)
2021 Semi-Finalist: DFF (Dumbo Film Festival). April-May bimonthly competition. New York (USA)
2021 Official Selection: New Zealand's Vision Feast Film Festival 2021. Best Experimental Nomination and Visionary VFX Nomination. Mai 2021. Auckland (NZ)
2021 Official Selection: Filmfest Bremen 2021. Innovation Program. April 2021. Bremen (DE)
2021 Official Selection: Tricky Women Tricky Realities 2021. March 2021. Austrian Panorama. Vienna (AT)
2021 Official Selection: Moscow Indie Film Festival. January 2021. Moscow (RU)
2020 Official Selection: 2 Days Animation Festival / Best Austrian Animation. January 2021. Vienna (AT)
2020 Würdigungspreis für künstlerische Arbeit. Prize for artistic work. Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, Vienna (AT)
2020 Official Selection: PSIAF, Palm Springs Int. Animation Film Festival. December 2020. Palm Springs, California (USA)
2020 Online Screening as part of the CEE Animation Experience @AnimatekaPRO, Animateka International
Animation Film Festival. December 2020. Ljubljana (SI)
2020 Gustav Peichl Award, Vienna (AT)
Artist Talks & Exhibitions
2021 Exhibition: Ars Electronica 2021. Simon Lehner - Flavia Mazzanti - Michaela Putz | hosted by Bildraum & Ars Electronica Linz. Salzamt, Linz (AT)
2021 Interview and TV Broadcast: Tricky Women / Tricky Realities 2021. Okto Community TV, Viennese Television Channel
2021 Duo exhibition: Flavia Mazzanti & Magdalena Pfeifer. Celebrating 20 years of Tricky Women / Tricky Realities.
A cooperation between Bildrecht and Tricky Women / Tricky Realities. Bildraum 07, Burggasse 7-9, 1070. Vienna (AT)
2021 Artist Talk and Q&A: Tricky Women / Tricky Realities 2021. International Animation Film Festival.
Lectures & Discussions organized by Tricky Women / Tricky Realities. Online event, Vienna (AT)
2021 Interview and TV Broadcast: Pixel, Bytes + Film - Artist in Residence. Flavia Mazzanti: Sympoietic Bodies.
Kultur Heute, ORF III, Austrian Television Channel
2021 Virtual Exhibition: Pixel, Bytes + Film: Innovative Filmkunst aus Österreich. Virtual exhibition in coopertion with Manuel Bonell. As part of the Funding
Program "Pixel, Bytes + Film". Event organized by BMKÖS, ORF III Kultur und Information, sound:frame, XR HUB Bavaria, WKO. Vienna (AT)
2020 Group Exhibition: Parcours Abschlussarbeiten 2020. Master Thesis Exhibition. Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. Magdas Hotel im Stephanushaus,
Ungargasse 38, 1030. Vienna (AT)
2020 Artist Talk and Q&A: CEE Animation Experience at AnimatekaPRO. Part of the "Expanded and Hybrid Animated Projects".
Event organized by CEE Animation and Animateka. Online event, Ljubljana (SI)
2020 Group Exhibition: CorpoRealities. A curated international photography exhibition. PH21 Gallery. Budapest (HU)
Okto Community TV
Interview "Tricky Women / Tricky Realities 2021"
For the 20th anniversary, the Tricky Women / Tricky Realities festival is presenting works by Flavia Mazzanti and Magdalena Pfeifer in Bildraum 07.
In interviews with the artists and the festival director Waltraud Grausgruber, we learn more about the works and the festival itself.
Episode from Mon, March 22nd, 2021
Written, directed and produced: Flavia Mazzanti
Performers: Cat Jimenez, Elisa Elektra Pirone
CGI Artist: Manuel Bonell
CGI Assistant: Flavia Mazzanti
Digital Camera: Gabor Racz
Voiceover: Victoria Hogan
Supporting Cast: Martin Eichler, Dila Kirmizitoprak, Davide Porta, Maximilian Unterfrauener
Motion tracking operator: Flavia Mazzanti, Manuel Bonell
Kinect Camera: Manuel Bonell
Faro Scan operator: Flavia Mazzanti
Creative director: Manuel Bonell, Flavia Mazzanti
Editing: Flavia Mazzanti
Color grading: Manuel Bonell, Flavia Mazzanti, Laura Skocek
Sound design: Wobblersound (David Zahradnicek, Markus Zahradnicek) & Flavia Mazzanti
Mastering: Lenja Gathmann
ORF III post production: Laura Skocek
Programme manager: Judith Revers
Project supervision: Wolfgang Tschapeller, Andreas Spiegl, Damjan Minovski
Technical Support: Werner Skvara, Michael Bonell, Damjan Minovski, Christina Jauernik
Hergestellt mit der Unterstützung der Akademie der bildenden Künste Wien; ORF III Kultur und Information; Bundesministerium für Kunst, Kultur, öffentlicher Dienst und Sport; Magistrat der Stadt Wien – Magistratsabteilung 7 Kultur.
Danke an den ORF III Kulturbeirat. Realisiert im Rahmen der Reihe “Pixel, Bytes + Film - ORF III Artist in Residence.”
Flavia Mazzanti © 2020
Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, Institute for Art and Architecture
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