Independent Frames: Exploded View

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Artists discovering animation in the mid-1960s and early 1970s did so in a culture of pop art, psychedelia and Marshall McLuhan’s media theory. They responded by creating overwhelming works of graphic collage, violent flickering colours and sensory overload. Exploded View begins with a look at several foundational works from animators whose explorations of radical form and content stood out in the 1960s, from established figures like Stan Vanderbeek and Disney animator Ward Kimball to lesser-known, underground artists such as Fred Mogubgub and Irene Duga. It continues with several visually-kinetic works by young animators in the mid-1970s, a rarely-seen experiment in three-dimensionality by Paul Sharits, and concludes with Bill Brand’s stroboscopic colourfield film Circles of Confusion


  • Francis Lee/Fred von Bernewitz, Film-Makers’ Showcase (USA 1963, 16mm, colour, sound, 3 min). Print courtesy the Film-makers’ Cooperative, New York
  • Bruce Conner, Cosmic Ray (USA 1961, 16mm, colour, sound, 4 min). Print courtesy the Conner Family Trust and Kohn Gallery, © Conner Family Trust
  • Ward Kimball, Escalation (USA 1968, digital, colour, sound, 3 min). 
  • Frank Mouris, You’re Not Real Pretty But You’re Mine… (USA 1968, 16mm, colour, sound, 6 min). Print courtesy the Yale Film Study Center and the artist
  • Fred Mogubgub, The Pop Show, (USA 1966, 16mm, colour, sound, 7 min). Print courtesy the Sights and Sounds Department, Enoch Pratt Free Library/Maryland’s State Library Resource Center
  • Stan Vanderbeek, Oh, (USA 1968, 16mm, colour, sound, 9 min). Print courtesy the Film-makers’ Cooperative, New York
  • Irene Duga, Pesca Pisca (USA 1968, 16mm, colour, sound, 3 min). Print courtesy the Film-makers’ Cooperative, New York
  • Paul Glabicki, Scanning (USA 1976, 16mm, colour, sound, 3 min). Print courtesy Canyon Cinema
  • Frank and Caroline Mouris, Coney (USA 1975, 16mm, colour, sound, 5 min). Print preserved by the Academy Film Archive, courtesy the artists
  • Adam Beckett, Evolution of the Red Star (USA 1973, 16mm, colour, sound, 7 min). Print courtesy Canyon Cinema
  • Paul Sharits, 3D Movie, USA 1975, 16mm (with anaglyph 3D glasses, colour, sound, 8 min). Print preserved by Anthology Film Archives, New York
  • Bill Brand, Circles of Confusion (USA 1974, 16 mm, colour, sound, 15 min). Print courtesy LUX, London

Please note that this programme contains stroboscopic images.



Frank Mouris's picture

american experimental animation, first event

even though i knew most of the filmmakers' works, everything was new to me except for adam beckett's film. a great range of experimental animation. caroline and i were honored to be included.

Marcos Ortega's picture

I agree, it's a really great

I agree, it's a really great programme. Hope I can see it touring around!

And your presence there was essential...


Friday, February 17, 2017 - 19:00 to Saturday, February 18, 2017 - 20:55


  • Bankside
    SE1 9TG   London , London
    United Kingdom
    51° 30' 29.3076" N, 0° 5' 54.8628" W