Ce manifesto a été lu à 13 Decembre, à l’auditoire d’Ecole des Beaux Arts à Rennes, dans le cadre d’un masterclasse, donné a l’occasion du Festival National d’Animation, Bruz, 2014
Regard vers le future
Suite des nécessités et des méconnaissances dérnieres de notre communauté, on déclare:
1. L’animation c’est un Art
2. On declare la future d’animation comme un art avec un importance culturelle, socio-polithique, humanitaire, thérapeuthique.
3. Les cineastes d`animation font des œuvres courts, mais pas des petites films.
4. Maintenent, quand le cinéma est dans un crise d`identité et de déclin publique, la seul cinéma qui voir un importance et croissance c`est l`animation.
5. L`animation est partout – dans les espaces publique, dans les projections urbaines, dans le salle du cinéma, galleries d`arts, festivals, web, téléphones, publicités commerciaux . C`est l`art le plus communicative de tous les arts.
6. Notre art n`est pas dépendant du box office, ni du monde artificielle des tapies rouges avec ces défilés de mode,ni des vedettes, ni des publications dans les journaux jeunes. ni des chasseurs investiteurs d`art. C`est un Art pure.
7. Notre seul but c`est de crée des œuvres émouvants, puissant, riches, esthétiques et rigoureuse.
8. Notres critiques sont les peuples et la publique de tous les pays, de tous les gendres, races, couleurs et religions.
9. Nous, les cinéastes d`animation se declares avec ce manifesto comme les createurs d`un art puissant, destiné d`être un arm pour changement radicalle d`un monde malade des conflicts et l`haine.
10. Aucune discrimination n`est pas permis chez nous. Les cinéastes d`animation sont des artistes dignes, pas de travailleurs en mode de commande, ni des rats, mangeants en aide sociale.
Cette manifesto est ouvert d`être signé de tous gens du millieux d`animation, pour un future reconnaissant de notre art.
And here is a presentation video of the interactive sound/projection sculpture Diagonales ( or just known as the Monolith) Until 07 of June, on BANQ, Montreal
Dark Mirror : THE FILMS OF Theodore Ushev,
edited by Tom McSorley.
A Canadian Film Institute publication
Friday, May 2
at 7:30pm launch
Dark Mirror : THE FILMS OF Theodore Ushev,
edited by Tom McSorley.
Theodore Ushev’s astonishing animation is a kinetic collage of graphic artistry, psychological mystery, emotional intensity, ideological uncertainty, and musical alchemy. Ushev’s passionate and exploratory animation films constitute one of the most assured, authoritative, unsettling, and impressive bodies of work in contemporary Canadian moving images arts.
Theodore Ushev will attend the screening to introduce and discuss his films.
Live Animation & Music Performance by Theodore Ushev and Michael Dubue
Saturday, May 3
St Luke’s church
Join us for a unique improvised animation and music performance by award-winning Montreal animator, Theodore Ushev (Lipsett Diaries, Gloria Victoria) and Ottawa musician extraordinaire, Michael Dubue (Hilotrons).
Presented by the Ottawa International Animation Festival (OIAF), Community of Arts and Social Engagement (City of Ottawa) and the Canadian Film Institute * Institut canadien du film
A caustic look at the fate of books in our high-tech society. To a soundtrack of original music by Ana Sokolovic, three abstract animated films—consisting of pages from a festival catalogue, a French-English dictionary and the Bible—play on three separate screens.
The things turned down, that the World against is moving through a War. Now, when the Russians are invading Ukraine, because they just wanted democracy and prosperity, in a conflict that there won’t be Winners, won’t be heroes… It will have only blood left and victims. STOP the WAR, now! I dedicate this film to all innocent Ukrainian citizens who lost their life, fighting for their freedom.
Today is one of the darkest moment of the history of humanity. It is so, because while in Sochi sportists are competing, the Russian leaded government in Kiev is killing peaceful and innocent, unarmed people. Because of their dream for a freedom. In the ancient time when the Olympics were on, all the wars were stopped. But Putin and his marionettes doesn’t have a respect to the history, neither for the sport. He is just another small dictator. And Sochi Olympics will be put together with those in Berlin 36. The Olympic games of the dictatorship and fascism. And the History will put them where they belong – to the rubbish! Shame to all of You who all still staying in those fucked up games. I don’t care about Your medals. They are all fake, in blood!
In a survey of fourteen respected festival programmers and critics who were each asked to name the best animated shorts of 2013, the film that came out on top was Gloria Victoria. Produced at the National Film Board of Canada, the film was selected by nine out of fourteen people surveyed.
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