8 animated shorts originally created for an international online exhibition featured by Artsy, organized by the Instinc art organization of Singapore, exploring issues presented by the Covid19 pandemic.

A 2 minute introduction video was created by request recently to accompany the experimental work, please review here:

  • Michael Amter
  • Project Type:
    Animation, Experimental, Short, Web / New Media
  • Genres:
    Covid19, Pandemic, Virus, Propaganda, Animation
  • Completion Date:
    March 13, 2020
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Brno Film Festival
    Czech Republic
    December 9, 2021
    Official Selection
  • Wallachia Int'l Film Festival
    September 10, 2021
  • FLICKFAIR Film Festival
    Los Angeles, California
    United States
    August 1, 2021
    Official Selection
  • ONED International Film Festival
    July 15, 2021
    Official Selection
  • Art Film Awards - Monthly Competition
    Macedonia, the former Yugoslav Republic of
    December 2, 2021
    Winner - Quarantine Film
  • Prague International Monthly Film Festival
    Czech Republic
    April 12, 2021
    Official Selection
  • FilmArte Festival
    April 23, 2021
  • Fisura, International Festival of Experimental Film & Video
    Mexico City
    March 12, 2021
    Official Selection
  • Kinam, International Film Festival
    Mexico City
    February 17, 2021
    Official Selection
  • Luleå International Film Festival
    January 17, 2021
    Official Selection
  • AltFF Alternative Film Festival
    Toronto, Ontario
    December 27, 2020
  • Obskuur Ghent Film Festival
    October 4, 2020
    European Premier
    Official Selection
    Byron Bay
    September 19, 2020
    Australian Premier
    Official Selection
  • Sweden Film Awards
    September 6, 2020
  • Tripvill International Film Festival
    September 1, 2020
    Best Web and New Media Film
  • 14-days STAY HOME NOTICE - Instinc
    April 13, 2020
    Artsy Featured Exhibition
Director Biography

Michael Amter developed an exquisite personal vocabulary of metaphorical imagery over the years. He began serious artistic study at Washington University in St. Louis. There he was recognized early for an obsessive work ethic producing a unique expression. During this time a number of his paintings were stolen during a special exhibition at this institution.

Michael has a truly diverse background, including extensive work in television and film production to support his personal artistic endeavors. The artist has exhibited extensively throughout the globe, beginning professionally with the iconic 01 Gallery in Los Angeles during the early 90’s. Later he would be known for a wild variety of film/video experiments, rewarded by several opportunities to contemplate various themes with extensive travel in France, Japan, Singapore, etc.

Michael’s impressive history involves a wide range of noted entities, including 3331 Arts Chiyoda, Apexart, Cité Internationale des Arts, Creative Time, Des Lee Gallery, Gallery Aferro, Instinc, Meridian International, Studio Kura, etc.

The artist has encountered a number of humbling moments in relation to his personal expression. Notably a request by former director Mr. David Ross to provide a submission for the Whitney Biennial in the 1990’s. Michael’s piece created for a special 9-11 memorial exhibition is included in a collection with the US Library of Congress. However, his most memorable experience proved to be visiting the impressive special needs artists of Atelier PorePore in Tokyo during the Fall of 2016 and Summer of 2019. Currently a sampling of the artist’s drawings can be found at the Pierogi Gallery on the Lower East Side of Manhattan in NYC.

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Director Statement

"Pure frustration with an oppressive regime is the fundamental inspiration for these humble experiments. Dedicated to the memory of those lost, especially Doctor Li Wenliang, while intending to honor the brave, including Doctor Ai Fen. The work exploits infamous masterworks of the past with simplistic graphic imagery to produce cynical infection propaganda for today. It is another Great Leap Forward - 大躍進, encouraging all to Dare To Think, Dare To Act - 敢想敢干. The legendary slogan Let 100 Flowers Bloom - 百花齐放 sadly becomes even more poignant today. This animated short, for example, is an attempt to create a generic metaphor of our planet with a simple bubble, while smaller floating microbes, flowers or bacteria, spread around the globe. These experimental videos were designed to be childishly simple, made to loop to the point in which one tires of the experience."


Heavily influenced by American popular culture, the artist worked for years to finance individual expression via film and television production. Encountering these professional environments stimulated a desire over time to experiment within a variety of contemporary mediums. Gradually he developed a personal interpretation within these mediums, similar to an animated moving sketch. Eventually producing fast moving graphic loops consistent with prior work mediated in more traditional venues.

Michael has always been fascinated with scientific themes, referencing the constant relevance of space, time, gravity, etc., upon the human experience. A heavy psychological narrative dominates this personal contemplation. This involves a constant questioning of one’s existence, including perceived moral imperatives, ethical dilemmas, stubborn paradoxes, etc. Consistently attempting to break down incredibly complex thoughts into the most simplistic expression, while attempting to maintain some essential relevance.

The artist began to weave these experimental miniature clips into larger themes mimicking the increasing speed of daily life over the years.  His work evolved from mere projection pieces into multifaceted installations employing recycled contemporary technologies, juxtaposed with other traditional mediums, including print, photo, etc., intended to contrast the past and present. Most recently, Michael’s experiments involve documenting the projection of various film concepts upon relative site-specific targets within a wide variety of public, private, urban, and rural, environments.