The Animated Paul Bush

Posted by | Conversations at the Edge | Posted on | September 29, 2005

Thursday, September 29, 2005, 6pm

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Paul Bush in person!

UK-based artist Paul Bush is an award-winning experimental filmmaker whose life changed when he discovered animation in the early 1990’s. “Within the animation community there was an understanding of a purely visual language, not one borrowed from the theatre (as in drama) or journalism (as in documentary). Commissioners, distributors and exhibitors of animation were interested in films that explored new forms and suddenly I could earn a living from making experimental films.” This retrospective of his work includes his seminal first animation His Comedy (1994), the racy Busby Berkeley’s Tribute to Mae West (2002), structure imitating story in Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (2001), a slice of Tokyo in Shinjuku Samurai (2004), and the mescaline dream-like vision of While Darwin Sleeps (2004). Film critic Leslie Dick comments, “What is so extraordinary about this body of work is the passionate clarity of the ideas that fuel it and the formal precision of the narrative and cinematographic structures which allow the viewer in.” 1994-2004, Paul Bush, UK, 86 min, various formats.

Co-presented with the Video Data Bank.

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