Wednesday, May 19, 2021

2021 Films: Aurora

Aurora by James Barany and OLGA Vocal Ensemble
Milwaukee, WI (Milwaukee Premiere)
Running Time: 6 minutes
Screening Time: Friday, Sept 10 on Eventive!
Transcendental/ Spiritual/ Experimental

Experimental rotoscoped animation of Aurora as performed by OLGA Vocal Ensemble, Netherlands.

Director Bio:

James Barany is an experimental animator, integrated studio artist and Professor of First Year Experience at the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design (MIAD). Barany is a former winner in experimental animation of the Mary Nohl Fellowship, Black Maria Film Festival, Transom, Athens International Film Festival, Humboldt International Film Festival and Wisconsin Film Festival. James also performs as a professional Bass-Baritone with the Florentine Opera Co. in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Director Statement:

"Aurora is a reminder that our nearness is greater than our distance. Illumination in darkness, glimmering harmony, dancing voices. The darker the world becomes, the clearer we see Aurora."

- OLGA Vocal Ensemble, 2021

Through a compendium of visceral, interdisciplinary and time-based means, my experimental work attempts to embrace the empathy, emotion and memory of the human condition. Time and image transition into a new visual context, taunting, and testing them to offer a deeper, more poetic examination of self.

History and memory are frequently called to question as the variable of changing moments repeatedly transitions. Regardless of subject or situation, what is certain is the pursuit of a more complex, emotional awareness that is experientially human. This collaboration between OLGA Vocal Ensemble, Netherlands and my studio practice allows for the continuum of this exploratory work to expand and thrive.

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