Critical Living by Alex Widdowson
"Critical Living draws upon the experiences of people involved in the Philadelphia Association therapeutic communities while also addressing some of the major discussion points in the Critical Psychiatry movement.
Critical Psychiatry, formally known as Anti-Psychiatry, has been scrutinising the dominant medical understanding of distress for over 50 years. It’s leading members were a disparate bunch that included R. D. Laing and David Cooper, both disillusioned psychiatrists and co-founders of the Philadelphia Association, as well as the renowned philosopher Michel Foucault, the libertarian Thomas Szasz, and Erving Goffman a sociologist.
Since creating a therapeutic community at Kingsley Hall in 1965, the Philadelphia Association has run more than twenty community houses which have offered asylum and hospitality to people in distress. This work continues at two houses in North London.
The experience of fifty years has shown that personal crises and seemingly inescapable unhappiness may for many people be transformed in households like these. They are places where people can come together to address their difficulties in a situation of shared everyday living."
Fruit by Gerhard Funk
"Rise into being, mature, perish – 'Fruit' tells a creation story.
As the animated short film unfolds, it brings forth a play of shapes illustrating the dialog between two mythological forces – the West and the East."
Music by Tobias Schneider
Character design by Paul Muresan & Gerhard Funk
The Fishman by Leto S. Meade
"The journey of a dying fish’s last moments. 'The Fishman' formally embodies the transitory, shapeshifting nature of life and the inevitability of change by plunging its disembodied anthropomorphic protagonist between different mediums and styles."
Nothing is Original by Alberto Sáenz Gómez Tello
"Nothing is Original" is an extract of the article "Things I’ve Learned: Jim Jarmusch"
Written by Jim Jarmusch.
Direction, Art & Animation by Alberto Sáenz Gómez Tello.
Additional Art by Giovana Hernández Constantino.
poligonic.com / gomeztello.com
THE FACADE by Jan Kamensky
Any Instant Whatever by Michelle Brand
"A man in a room, in a film – it is the becoming of something and simultaneously becoming in itself. Nothing is as solid as we believe.
The film explores our perception of time, bodies and objects, and our inability to comprehend the full motion of things."
Director, Animator & Sound Design: Michelle Brand
Sound Mix and Additional Sound Design: Ed Rousseau
Colouring Assistants: Jiaqi Wang, Leo Metcalf, Agata Leniartek, Paige Anderson, Jordan Brunton, Megan Earls, Liang-Hsin Huang
"Things rearrange, we miss what is not the same". Animated and hand painted official music video for the song “He Won’t Hold You” by multi Grammy winner Jacob Collier, featuring Rapsody. The fourth single from the album Djesse Vol. 3.
Created with around 1200 paintings in isolation during the 2020 pandemic. Here's a breakdown of the animation process: vimeo.com/451111852
Direction, Animation, Script, Editing, Production: Daniel Bruson
: Jacob Collier (feat. Rapsody)
The Redness of Red by Emily DownePlus
"What does it mean to be conscious in a world that is becoming increasingly artificially intelligent? Can machines really see? Based on an interview with a professor in artificial intelligence, this short documentary uses analog techniques to explore the human tendency to anthropomorphise simple drawings, and how we might do the same to machines."