London based SKWIGLY magazine’s Ben Mitchell interviewed me about the instalation “3rd page from the Sun”. Here is the video:
A poster against the national-socialist government brutality against the student protesters in Bulgaria. Resign! Nonviolence
An interesting article in the prestigious UK magazine Sight&Sound:
“…Theodore Ushev has rapidly emerged as one of the most exciting, relevant and provocative of contemporary animators, and his work will surely become more widely known to general audiences in the coming years. Of Bulgarian origin, with a background in poster design, since moving to Canada in 1999 he has garnered increasing acclaim for a series of films produced at the NFB, with 2011’s Lipsett Diaries [watch it at nfb.ca] probably being the best known.
His ‘3D trilogy’ (2006’s Tower Bawher wasn’t conceived as a 3D film but was retrofitted to create a stereoscopic version) are what he terms “poster films”, designed to grab the attention, to provoke a reaction and speak to the soul. They’re also tributes to modernist art movements like constructivism (in the case of Tower Bawher) and Vorticism (this year’sGloria Victoria):
Music is of fundamental importance: Ushev has said he doesn’t choose his music, it chooses him. It’s true that once you have heard Shostakovich’s Leningrad Symphony (No. 7) paired with Ushev’s imagery in Gloria Victoria it will be very hard to separate them again.
These are all great films, but does the 3D add to them? Here, most certainly, especially in 2008’s Drux Flux, which builds a montage from shots of a decaying 19th-century German foundry, mixing documentary with abstract animation.
Ironically, 3D imagery, particularly computer animation, can lack in texture, almost losing depth, but the woodcut-style poster graphics of Gloria Victoria retain a glorious inkiness to them. 3D and the ‘poster film’ seem a perfect fit…”
The tragedy of war. Syrian refuges in an abandoned school in Sofia, Bulgaria. So, if You ask me – what Gloria Victoria is about – here is the answer. Look at their faces. They are much more scary than the creatures in my film. That’s why I did it.
Here is the list of Gloria screenings in the next few weeks. Be welcome, if You are arround:
International Short Film Festival, August 22 to 30 2013, Sao Paulo, Brazil
FANTOCHE International Animation Film Festival, September 3 to 8 2013, Baden, Switzerland
International Film Festival, September 5 to 15 2013, Toronto, Canada
Encounters International Short Film Festival, September 17 to 22 2013, Bristol, England
Athens Int. Film Festival, Sep 18 – Sep 29, 2013, Athens, Greece
International Animation Festival, September 18 to 22 2013, Ottawa, Canada
On 19th of July, at Animator festival in Poznan, a Live performance of the 3 films from the XX century trilogy had his world premiere. My bigest grattitude to the organizators of the festival, and personally to Wojciech Juszczak, the director of the festival, who, saddly was not able to attend the happening ( my thoughts are all with You!) Tanks to Marcin Gizycki, Filip Kozlowski, Joanna Stankiewicz, and all the organizers of the festival. The performance of Orchestre L’Auttuno was astonishing, precise and moving! It was my greatest experience ever! Here, I will post regularly videos and photos from this historical event.
An excerpt from a bootleg recording from the live music performance at Poznan, Polland 19.07.2013.
Gloria Victoria, music by D. Shostakovitch, 7th symphony
Bootleg recording from the live music performance of XXcentury trilogy at Poznan, Polland 19.07.2013.
Orchestre L’ Autunno, conductor Adam Banaszak.
Everything big starts with this…
That is the text, after reading, pretty much inspired Gloria Victoria:
“The end of history will be a very sad time. The struggle for recognition, the willingness to risk one’s life for a purely abstract goal, the worldwide ideological struggle that called forth daring, courage, imagination, and idealism, will be replaced by economic calculation, the endless solving of technical problems, environmental concerns, and the satisfaction of sophisticated consumer demands. In the post-historical period there will be neither art nor philosophy, just the perpetual caretaking of the museum of human history. I can feel in myself, and see in others around me, a powerful nostalgia for the time when history existed. Such nostalgia, in fact, will continue to fuel competition and conflict even in the post-historical world for some time to come.”
It explains pretty much the film, I think… Here is the Fukuyama essay in full
Ukrainian national Tv central evening news about…
Here is an interview for the Animac festival in Lleida, Spain. Yes, now You know:
A: Which will be your future projects for this 2013?
U: My future projects are a small surrealist film that I hope I will be able to finish until the end of the year, and hopefully an ambitious 25 minutes film that I already wrote the script. It’s made with a technique never seen before in the history of animation… What I could say? Imagine if you were animating your tears… A film from my heart and soul, which will be my last animated film…
My Swan Song in animation, let’s say.
6 screenings of Demoni at Leipzig Cinémathéque as part of Bioskop Balkanale, before every feature film! 29.03.-04.04, Leipzig
Demoni played last Year at DOK Leipzig opening night.
Um auch während Bioskop Balkanale (Ost) an die klassische Vorführtradition anzuschließen, zeigen wir als Vorfilm die Animation DEMONI. Einem alten bulgarischen Brauch zufolge trieb man früher mit einem Feuer die Winterdämonen aus. Dieses Fest fand stets vier Wochen vor Ostern am Hunde-Sonntag statt, an dem auch DEMONI spielt. Der Animationsfilm ist in bester Joan Miró-Art mit Ölfarben, Acryllacken und Gelrollern auf 50 Vinylplatten gezeichnet. Dank der am Schwarzen Merr aufgenommenen Samples von »Kottarashky & the Rain Dogs«, einer der aktuell gefragtesten Live-Bands Bulgariens, ist DEMONI, welcher der Eröffnungsvorfilm bei DOK Leipzig 2012 war, auch beim wiederholten Sehen äußerst kurzweilig.
In the last 3 months I was doing extensive and exhausting traveling around the world, showing my films, participating in Juries, and giving Masterclasses and workshops. Slowly, while traveling, a topic just forged out from everything that I lived and saw – Life is a Dream, and everything is a game. Suddenly I realized that the first part is actually the name of a classical theater play, that i saw, while being it Theater Decoration School, from the Spanish middle age writer Calderon de la Barca. The second part, I guess, just comes out from any postmodern artist actions…
Here, I should post information about my retrospective, and workshops in Spain. But recent events in Bulgaria, just made my cry, and I just want to post this painting, from my Lipsett 2010 exhibition. Today I dedicate it to the memory of 36-year-old Plamen Goranov who self-immolated in the city of Varna, protesting against the Bulgarian Mafia in February and who died on Sunday. The fight continues, my friends. Rip them off!
The humanitarian, non-budget, film JODA ( Apart) initiated by Marcel Jean, as a animation project for the liberation of imprisoned iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi, was nominated for Jutra, the most important national awards. This is really an important recompensation for me, because for me the important art is the art that matters…Art that fights.
The little, no budget film “Demoni”, co-production Canada, Germany and Bulgaria, has been nominated for inaugurational Canadian Screen Awards (formerly known as Genie, or Canadian academy of cinema and television awards). The Gala will be aired directly on CBC, 8 pm. I don’t have a chance in the company of 3 amazing NFB films, but the nomination itself is a reawarding mention for the indipendent animation in Canada. Cheers!