Thursday, June 16, 2011

OFFF Festival - Barcelona

More than a decade ago, OFFF was born as a post-digital culture festival; a meeting place to host contemporary creation through an in depth programme of conferences, workshops and performances by the most relevant artists

Written by Mischa Rozema and British graphic designer, Si Scott, the opening titles reflect their dark thoughts on a possible future. Directed by Mischa and shot on location in Prague, the film guides the viewer through a grim scenario embedded with the names of artists appearing at this year’s OFFF festival. The live action was brought back to Amsterdam for post, primarily carried out by PostPanic’s in-house team of artists but also with the additional help of freelancers and partner companies that we have enjoyed strong creative relationships with over the years. It’s really fair to say that this was a labour of love by a passionate crew of people.

Mischa Rozema, Director, says:
“We knew we wanted to make something that would unsettle and menace the audience. It was always going to be dark but also highly aesthetic. This project has filled our spare hours for the past 6 months and it is incredibly satisfying to work on something that we were given complete creative freedom on – that’s a rare luxury these days.”

Says Ania Markham, Executive Producer at PostPanic:
“The images created by the crew of people working on the titles has been unbelievable, with nationalities represented including Dutch, Czech, English, Polish, German, Swedish and Belgian. It’s been a great opportunity for all of us to work together on a non-commercial project we’re passionate about and we’re so proud of the combined effort and final result.”

These days, OFFF keeps being a reference event throughout the world. A festival hosted in Barcelona, New York, Lisbon and Paris which has featured renowned artists such as SR    Partners, Kultnation, KORB, Onur Senturk, Renascent, Murat Pak, Heerko Groefsema, Jr Canest, Esteban Diacono, Ian Clemmer, Matthias Muller, Mate Steinforth, Tom Waterhouse, Physalia Studio, Displace Studio, Tronic Studio, Thiago Maia, Polynoid , MRK, JP Frenay, Radium Audio, Echolab, David Kamp, Combustion, Studio Takt, Audionerve, Michael Fakesch, Hecq, Cypheraudio, Mutant Jukebox, Darren Wiener, among others - well worth researching these artists...

The OFFF festival has spawned an extensive international network of artists, developers, theorists and even more importantly, people who love art in all its multiple expressions: students, fans, professionals and the curious. People who want to show what they do, to discover what others do and, above all to share their knowledge and their desires to inspire and to be inspired.

CREDITS: Directed by Mischa Rozema, Story by Mischa Rozema & Si Scott, Production Company: PostPanic, DoP: Jiri Malek, Mischa Rozema, Music & Sound Design: Hecq, Senior Producer: Annejes van Liempd, Production Designer: Roland Mylanus, Editor: Mischa Rozema, Post-Production: PostPanic

I'm also hoping I can get a copy of Resonance to show you - this is a collaborative film project produced by Simon Jones and SR Partners.  A big number of motion/sound artists have created pieces of 12-20 seconds of cutting edge animation, growing in a dynamic and unique way.  Here's an excerpt by Heerko Groefsema

can't wait to see the whole thing....

1 comment:

Heerko said...

Thanks for posting my part of the Resonance piece :)