MONOLITH | TOTEM ...under the yolk

MONOLITH | TOTEM …under the yolk is a silent infinivid work, reminiscent of early LED signage boards, wherein drawn line tracks animated mechanism and gridded masking gradually reveals machinery at work, running forwards, running backwards, a continuum of making in a shifting world. Colour reversal, growth and shrinkage, shifting shapes, machine activity encircled, all are strangely familiar, but not. The viewer observes two separate circular images simultaneously. The images are distinctly different but interrelated - their substance having derived from the same initial raw footage. Though there might be a struggle to absorb binocular information there is a tendency for the viewer to identify moments of visual similarity and connectedness.

  • Angela Eames
    Director
  • Angela Eames
    Writer
  • Project Type:
    Animation, Experimental, Short, Web / New Media, Other
  • Runtime:
    5 minutes 30 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    February 28, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    100 GBP
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Walthamstow International Film Festival
    London
    United Kingdom
    August 10, 2021
    UK Premiere
    Official Selection
  • FESTIVAL ANGAELICA
    Pasadena, CA 91103
    United States
    December 21, 2021
    North American Premiere
    Official Selection
Director Biography - Angela Eames

Angela studied BA Fine Art at Bath Academy of Art, MA Experimental Fine Art at The Slade School of Art, Computing in Art and Design at Middlesex University (CASCAAD) and gained her Doctorate in Drawing in relation to Technology through Wimbledon School of Art and Surrey University.

She produces both series and independent still and moving image works and has exhibited continuously both nationally and abroad. In 2021 she won the Alpine Fellowship Visual Art Prize and was shortlisted for the Lumen Prize for a second time with her submission; Flux | Meltdown ...no time to spare. She was a finalist in the Marshwood Arts Awards 2019 and four of her video-works were selected for Art-Gene's Digital U Extreme Views Exhibition 2020, by curator Alejandro Ball. In addition, Flux | Meltdown ...no time to spare was selected for several film festivals during 2021 and 2022; Still Voices Short Film Festival Ireland, Hastings Rocks Film Festival, London Rocks Film Festival, Brighton Rocks Festival, Rome Independent Prisma Awards, Best Shorts California and Kiez Film Festival, Berlin. Monolith | Totem ...under the yolk was selected for FESTIVAL ANGAELICA California and Walthamstow International Film Festival. Abracadabra ...the illusion of change, was selected for the Alternative Film Festival Toronto, Ontario. Most recently TIP-TOE …pas de deux has been a Semi-finalist, in the Rome International Short, Sydney Indie Short, London International Filmmakers and Cleveland Arthouse Film Festivals and an Award Winner in the Depth of Field International Film Festival.

She initiated and directed both the BA Hons in Drawing (the first drawing dedicated course in the UK) and the MA in Drawing at Camberwell College of Arts (University of the Arts, London). As a Research Fellow, she was Content Co-ordinator for the ground-breaking, BAFTA nominated DVD, entitled ‘Seeing Drawing’, a project involving five major university partners across the UK, which launched in 2001.

Angela lives and works in East Sussex.

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Director Statement

My moving image works (Infinivids) reflect on anthropocentric factors, our culpability for environmental imbalance and our ever-readiness to believe that we are in control. Aspects of the familiar (time/place/space/object) are extracted and transformed via photographic/filmic/hand-drawn means to fabricate outcomes which unsettle in their refusal for classification. Visual interventions through colour, placement, size, scale, light and timing forge a re-choreographed world wherein the viewer can experience moments of either lucidity or confusion. They can come and go, look and leave, encounter sameness and difference, experience coherence and disruption. With the constraints of operant conditioning removed, objective visual deliberation and reflection are enabled. What exactly is happening here?

These works are intentionally removed from what we have come to expect from video, I.e. moving image that tells a story. They make no demand on the viewer with regard to watching in linear time, from start to finish, suggesting that there are other ways of viewing the world. In essence they are about looking, giving the time to look and to reflect. They consistently explore the ambivalent nature of our experience of reality, commenting on time past, in relation to time present, anticipating time future. The focus is on membrane, particularly membrane as mediator between two viewing aspects; in front of and behind, revealed and hidden, seen and unseen, known and unknown. They exist in a time-frame but can play forever. They are drawings in time, drawings which exist in the present continuous, drawings which may be viewed in entirety or not… Utilising concepts of duality as intrinsic to the visual world and opposition as vital to innovation these works propose that we come to realise and perhaps retrieve something unknown as opposed to relying on conditioning, opinion, taste or habit.