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Lynsey Martin: A case study in 1970s Australian experimental animation

conference contribution
posted on 2015-05-22, 00:00 authored by Dirk De Bruyn
Lynsey Martin’s short experimental Animations remain largely unknown internationally. His graphic 16mm films Approximately Water (4 minutes 1972), Whitewash (1973, 4 minutes), Interview (25 minutes 1973) and Leading Ladies (1975 5 minutes) are analysed for their technique and cultural position, artifacts of a productive if marginalized period of artist made films. These graphic films stand as critical works at the heart experimental filmmaking in Australia and speak through their design and production method to current trends in digital media.

Martin’s work includes the use of collage and its erasure, the grain of the photographic image and handpainting and drawing imagery directly on the film surface. Martin deals with the graphic and material elements of the filmstrip, the nature of filmic movement and the nature of photography in public space. For martin his films deal with films deal abstraction and illusionism, elements of chance, the deconstruction of film language, the diary film and process as content. These films stand as historic aesthetic traces of an immediate hands-on approach to image making that came into crisis in Australia through the disappearance of technical education in the 1980s when Martin taught graphic design in technical schools.

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Event

Animafest Scanner II. International Symposium (2015 : Zagreb, Croatia)

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1 - 1

Publisher

[Animafest]

Location

Zagreb, Croatia

Place of publication

[Zagreb, Croatia]

Start date

2015-06-09

End date

2015-05-14

Language

eng

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E2 Full written paper - non-refereed / Abstract reviewed; X Not reportable

Copyright notice

2015, Animafest

Editor/Contributor(s)

F Bruckner

Title of proceedings

Animafest Scanner II 2015 : Symposium for Contemporary Animation Studies : Proceedings of the Animafest Scanner II Symposium

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