March 15th (friday)
and other experimental animated films, 1961-1982 Curated by Thomas Patteson.
Bowerbird Presents GATE
@ The Rotunda
4014 Walnut Street
ABOUT THE EVENT
Join us for an event that includes a screening of Chronopolis, a 1982 animated masterpiece by Polish filmmaker Piotr Kamler with soundtrack by French musique concrète pioneer Luc Ferrari. The evening will also present a cross-section of experimental animation from the ‘Space Age’.
Beautifully executed in a muted color palette of tans, blues, yellow-ochers, clay-reds, violets, and creamy-whites, Chronopolis tells the story of a gargantuan city lurking in the sky colonized by powerful immortals who have become jaded with eternal life. Most of their time is spent monotonously constructing bizarre and unusual objects while waiting for the ultimate gift to arrive in their hands. With ziggurat formations, bas-relief sculptures, magical glyphs, archaic languages, and engravings by dying gods, the visual language of Chronopolis strongly evokes the feel of an archeological odyssey of a far of planet. Often labeled as science fiction, Kamler’s works explore the inner depths of imagination as much as the far reaches of outer space, eschewing linear narratives for dynamic, hallucinatory symbolism rendered in everything from clay to ink, paper cut-outs, early CGI and even pinboard animation.
The Rotunda is a West Philadelphia community-gathering place that is fueled by the belief that art is a catalyst for social change and that the arts can lead to the formation of meaningful partnerships between the University of Pennsylvania and surrounding neighborhoods. Over 300 events are offered every year, including live music, film, spoken word, theater, art, dance, education, youth programs, arts incubation, and various experimental genres. As an alcohol-free, smoke-free venue, The Rotunda provides a critical social alternative for all ages. At its core, The Rotunda is a shared space fostering learning, enrichment, and community support while empowering the public to present, produce, and promote their work.