Skip to main content

Cartune Xprez **Animation Party** @ Peacock Visual Arts!

On Saturday Peacocks played host to Cartune Xprez, a travelling roadshow of tripped out animations and cartoons. Organiser Pete Burr had already been on the road for the best part of 3 months before finding himself in Aberdeen. He'd been in touch to see if I could help with setting up the event so I got to work getting posters printed and trying to get some local animations which we could show as part of the event.

I have to say I was a little disappointed by the lack of response but then maybe my little bubble doesn't go as far as I thought. But the submissions I did get for the local side of things were awesome. Although disaster struck when I didn't check the disc could play / didn't have time to get the files from people. But fear not as I will include all the films that were shown and were supposed to be shown below. For the local set up I went all out and got some big tvs and a projector for the back room and I think it looked pretty good.

So heres some local films!

chatterbox from sam spreckley on Vimeo.

Super-8-mation by MoC (pic below)

DO IT! / Uber AV by Technocolour Heartbeat
Hair by Stuart Comrie
The local screening was followed by a short screening of the first FAMICON animation dvd. FAMICON is a small web based collective who specialise in amazing hand made zines and prints and have also just completed their first animation dvd. So Stepahn was on hand to show us all the fruits of FAMICON's labour. What followed was a trip into a surreal world of pixel madness and really showcased what one can do with an idea and Microsoft Paint. Not to everyone's taste but I loved it.

Next up was the Hooliganship cartune adventure / performance / inter dimensional crystal freak out. With his trusty Bass guitar Hooliganship travels across Worlds and fight's off scary monsters and bends times. Mixing live performance & animation, the round of applause at the end was well deserved and many a lady commented on Hooliganships tight white jump suit!
The performance was followed by the Cartune Xpress - Dark Lenses Screening showcasing some of the best in contemprary animation from North America. The quality of the works was phenomenal, some very trippy shit was going down but I think everyone loved it. Highlight for me were The Comic That Frenches Your Mind, Meet Me In Witchita & Wlak for Walk. You can purchase dvds from HERE! We also had some crazy animation loops going in the back room.

And finally some messing around in foront of the animation loop instalation! Fuckin A!
Stephan (FAMICON) & Pete Burr (Cartune Xprez)

Popular posts from this blog

Painted Doors 2017 - Year 2 Recap!

It's been a busy old year and I for one cannot wait for the christmas break. I'm lucky to be off til the new year and I'm hoping it'll be a chance to catch up and take stock. Its certainly been another busy year for art and culture in Aberdeen and especially putting art into the public realm. Nuart Aberdeen, Look Again Festival and Painted Doors both provided lots of incredible opportunities, and the artworks were nae bad as well. But with famous street artists and international design stars on the programme, what makes Painted Doors special?

Firstly all the artists are from or are based in Aberdeen. And many of them are new faces to me which is a good sign that we have a healthy creative scene in the city. I pride myself on getting out and meeting artists and creatives and spend a lot of time trying to help promote and shine a light on their work but even in the big village of Aberdeen where everyone knows everyone its fantastic to come across new faces. The artists fo…

NUART Aberdeen - Part 1, Production Week!

By now the sight of a giant yellow cherry picker at the Indoor Market is a common sight with hundreds of photos appearing across Instagram and Facebook. NUART Aberdeen kicked off last week with the arrival of our first artist Martin Whatson. I had the pleasure of seeing Martin at work up a cherry picker in Stavanger for NUART 2014, a sight that definitely makes you stop and stare. Having initially met team NUART on their first few visits to Aberdeen I'd offered to help in any way I could and was given the role of artist host. I would be meeting them at the hotel, showing them around and hopefully giving them a little insight into our fair city.

So on a sunny Wednesday we headed to airport to meet the infamous Martin Whatson. Being the first to arrive I was a little unsure what to expect, after all I've been a huge fan of street art for 10+ years and to be honest the whole concept of NUART in Aberdeen has been blowing my mind for months. So when this tall blonde Norwegian appear…

Painted Doors Aberdeen Project Recap!

With spring upon us new artists will be added to the painted doors line up and well have a fine selection of large scale walls by the NUART Aberdeen which is kicking off tomorrow with a host of international talents. I wanted to share all of the completed doors to date and shine a bit more light on the door artists, collating them all before part 2 kicks off. Already the doors have had a big impact on local business and the people who frequent them such as Contour Café and Cafe52 on the Green. With a clear view of Katie Guthrie and Cosmic Nuggets doors, Contour is the perfect spot to get some lunch and a perfect view.
With the doors stretching from just off the Green to the far end of Langstane Place you can have yourself a nice little walk along the back streets, avoiding the bustle of Union Street. Its a nice way to connect up some Aberdeen's more overlooked areas and really conveys for me what art can do, in making us look at our surroundings a little differently and seeing the …

'Darkness Can't Exist In The Light' by Jo Muir at The Anatomy Rooms!

If you've been in town recently then you'll certainly have seen the banners and posters proclaiming "Art is the new Oil" although I think its less a proclamation as it is a question. The poster is part of a campaign by Citymoves Dance Agency to promote their 3 week festival of dance which finished a few weeks back. Now partner organisation with The Anatomy Rooms (Citymoves have taken on the large open plan dissection rooms) they aim to bring contemporary dance to the forefront of Aberdeens cultural offering. I'm sad to say I couldn't make it the various events but did get a look at Jo Muir's exhibition, organised to coincide with the festival.

Jo is one of the numerous artists based in the Anatomy Rooms studios and has spent the last 12 months hiding from day light and working out her ideas. She was finally ready to present a new body of work which seemed like a perfect fit with Dance Live and so over the course of 3 weekends the show was open to the publi…

'Past, Present And Future Subversions' by Dundee Print Collective!

If you go down to Dundee today you're in for a big surprise! And its not a teddy bears picnic. To say Dundee is a city on the up would be a slight understatement but its also not entirely true. You see Dundee has been up for a while, at least in my view with its world class arts centre The DCA complete with café, bar, cinema and screen printing facilities, the fantastic art school Duncan of Jordanstone (still one of the best degree shows I've been too) and the benefits of affordable space which has helped numerous artists and collectives thrive and led to great intiatives like Creative Dundee.

Last year some friends put me onto Dundee Print Collective. Made up from a group of artists and paying members, their aim is simple, to promote print making and making it accessible for everyone. Founded in 2014 the group has held numerous shows and been part of a huge exchange event which saw their work travel to China. DPC have consistently pushed their mandate and a quick scrawl throug…