TRAÇOS DE LUZ  – SNBA EXHIBITION

SOCIEDADE NACIONAL DE BELAS-ARTES | 21th to 31st MARCH 2019 |  Every working day from 12 a.m. to 7 p.m. And Saturdays from 2 pm to 8 pm.

MONSTRA – Lisbon Animation Festival and the Sociedade Nacional de Belas-Artes pair up to bring you this four-part exhibition, independent exhibits that show different perspectives on the art of Animation, through the works of Regina Pessoa and Abi Feijó, Pierre Hérbert, Miguel Pires de Matos and a tribute to the great Norman McLaren.

25 YEARS OF ABI FEIJÓ AND REGINA PESSOA’S ANIMATION

This exhibition guides us through the work of Abi Feijó and Regina Pessoa, two Portuguese animators with a passion for cinema. Both of them develop their creative process by penetrating matter in search of light, through sand and carving in plaster or paper. Although their processes are handcrafted, they sometimes resort to digital, without neglecting the poetic and expressive finishings.

Throughout these twenty-five years, Abi Feijó e Regina Pessoa have actively contributed to the development of author animation in Portugal, obtaining some of the most prestigious internacional awards. The exhibition assembles the original films and some production materials from the films “The Raiders”, “Clandestine”, “Lusitanian Fate”, “The Night”, “Tragic Story with a Happy Ending” and “Kali”, in addition to numerous pre-cinematic toys, from his own museum – Casa Museu Avilar –, with which the public can interact, in experiences with movement.

 NORMAN MCLAREN 

 An installation paying tribute to Norman McLaren. Produced and designed by Marc Bertrand, National Film Board of Canada

 This installation pays tribute to Scottish-born director Norman McLaren. It involves the projection of four films produced throughout his career: ‘Stars and Stripes’, ‘Spheres’,

‘Synchromy ‘e ‘Begone Dull Care’. As this installation demonstrates, McLaren constantly strove to achieve symbiosis between sound and image. The result of each of these four projections was created from a single film segment. This segment was then reproduced six times, through symmetry, thus creating a mirror effect. In the end, the four films, containing this symmetrical set, are projected in a continuous loop on the four identical projection surfaces, vibrating to the rhythm of the accompanying music.

SCRATCH TRIPTYQUE – PIERRE HÉBERT


An installation showcasing animation done over film stock, by canadian Pierre.

From 1976 to 1999, the animation technique of scratching directly on film has been the center of Pierre Hébert cinematographic work. In year 2000, left it behind to embrace the digital, convinced that would never come back to it. The course of things proved that he was wrong. As Pierre Hébert did not want to simply connect with where, decide for an evolutionary process in order to redefine the approach to scratching. The polyphonic idea is first developed at the level of the succession of discrete frames where different rate of flickering are superimposed to create complex rythmic patterns. It also express itself through the juxtaposition of the three screens where loops of different lenghts are endlesly running. The result is a constant lag between the three components and a constant recomposition between the images and the sounds.

Animation, image and sound editing, direction: Pierre Hébert

Musical fragments: Malcolm Goldstein (violin) and John Heward (drums)

Sound recording: Robert Langlois (Studio 270)

 

‘ 4 ESTADOS DA MATÉRIA/4 STATES OF MATTER’ BY MIGUEL PIRES DE MATOS

4 States of Matter is an abstract journey through the 4 major states of matter, solid, liquid, gaseous and plasma. It is developed in four different acts/movements, each one with a distinct graphic and sound universe, where three conceptual dimensions coexist, corresponding to three different areas of human knowledge: science, art and religion. These three sub-themes are the sources of inspiration for abstract shapes and sounds as well as movements and rhythms that form the animated sequences of the film. As part of this installation, that includes the film projection in art gallery environment, there are objects and structures that were part of the stop-motion animation sequences of the production.

 

EXHIBITION TEAM:

Curator: Fernando Galrito

Space concept: Bernardo Sarmento

Production: Marta Lopes

Installation: Bernardo Sarment, Marta Lopes,Sandra Ramos,Eliane Gordeef, Sebastião Carvalho,Cláudia Ciniglio

Technical Installation APRESTOS

Sociedade Nacional de Belas Artes: Rui Penedo, Paulo Vinagre, Luís Serra