The Light & Shadow Salon

An Evening of Moving Image and Ideas

Doors open at 7:30pm, programme begins at 8pm sharp

(£5 entry on the door)

The Light & Shadow Salon An Evening of Moving Image and Ideas Presents

Animated Experientia: A series of experimental animations curated by Lilly Husbands

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“Experimental animation has a long and rich history that is roughly coeval with the origins of cinema itself, first arising out of an avant-garde impulse to simultaneously break boundaries and fuse art forms, to blend high and low, and to infuse visual art with the moods and movements of music. Since the 1920s, artists have explored the seemingly endless potential inherent in this complex blend of visual art and cinema, and contemporary artists continue to produce extraordinary works of animated visual art, making use of both modern and traditional techniques. There are many ways to define experimental animation; it comes in multifarious types and forms, but, to me, its most important characteristics are the non-normative experiences in which the spectators are invited to participate—where they are challenged to open themselves to works that subvert conventional viewing practices and suppress the normal perception of moving images. They always defy our expectations and ask us to search beyond our ken for a glimpse at something that eludes explanation, something that we cannot control but only feel and marvel at, something that (for lack of words) we call art. From collage to stop motion to computer generated to direct (cameraless) animation, the artists presented in tonight’s programme are all masters of their techniques. I have chosen this selection not only because I think each is brilliant in its own way, but equally because I think it is incredibly important to introduce people to and share this under-acknowledged art form.” Lilly Husbands

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The Light & Shadow Salon is a place for artists, writers and audience to meet and share ideas about the past, present and future of the moving image in all its forms. The Salon is a place for exchange, interaction and cross-pollination and it welcomes active contributions and interventions from all its participants. The Salon endeavours to support a structured and informed dialogue around film, the moving image and all that it involves: from magic to science, from sound to the eye, from ritualism to storytelling, from myth-making to hypnosis. The Salon intends to act as a temporary and ephemeral container  for all the work, ideas and people with an independent, radical and idiosyncratic nature, who renounce to find a home in existing movements/institutions but rather embrace the nomadic and transitory nature of art. The Salon supports individual thought, inquisitive minds and a desire to further knowledge through dialogue and exchange.

‘So when you hear yourself invited to ‘see’, it is not the sight of this eye (of the flesh) that I would have you think about. You have another eye within, much clearer that that one, an eye that looks at the past, the present, and the future all at once, which sheds the light and keenness of its vision over all things, which penetrates things hidden and searches into complexities, needing no other light by which to see all this, but seeing by the light that it possesses itself.’ (Hugh of St Victor)