City to city, dust to dust.
Intersecting networks of veins of, past, present and future experiences ; biological , psychological, emotional , mathematical, internal and external, which form a vibrating dust that settle in collective and individual perception .
In this city of dust , particles of space and time collide, no one ever sleeps, everyone always dreams.
The central business district of the city of dust is where dreams , hallucinations, memory and experience meet.
At the limits of perception and comprehension, reality crumbles and returns to the dust of the illusions from which it was formed ; the city of dust.
Images from Film
Process and Production
Developed from the practice of several live cinema performances that took place in central Victoria throughout 2007. These performances originally used a custom made live cinema performance system utilising customised interactive audio visual software(MaxMsp) and novel audio visual controls housed inside an old vacuum cleaner. In other words City of Dust is a metaphoric emptying and composting of this vacuum cleaner’s dust bag contents!
City of Dust , uses extensive digital layering and image processing techniques as well as digital video synthesis that produces fluidly changing abstract forms(produced in this case , with the software tool Artmatic). However the film also incorporates many analogue techniques and includes some super 8 and 16mm footage. The soundtrack is an integrated part of the image construction and also includes many analogue and digital techniques of composition and construction as well as being equally full of contrasting densities, layering and stylistic shifts from noise to tonality.
Paul has spent many years working in animated and experimental moving image and sound design. He continues his own Art practice often under the name of , Digital Compost and his short films have been shown on local television, local and international Film Festivals and Galleries.
“A video/animation & sound artist, I am interested in the relationship between sound and animated motion, work part-time as a Lecturer in the Animation Department of the VCA School of Film & Television and work collaboratively with multi-discipline central Victorian art collective Punctum, and Undue Noise. I have also facilitated short courses and group production projects often integrating Environment, Science and Art themes. I continue individual film and live performance projects, including exploration of the intersection of abstraction and narrative , the invention of custom built audiovisual instruments.”
www.innersense.com.au/mif/fletcher.html ( profile and filmography)
www.digitalcompost.net (personal artwork gallery in development)
Grants & Awards :
“Dreamlake” Best Short Film Under 10 minutes- Castlemain Fringe Festival 2007
Short Animated Film, “Lake Qualm” awarded Best Australian Experimental Short Film in Animation Program of Darwin International Film Festival 2005.
“Synch or Swim” Seed Research Fund VCA 2001
Prix Leonardo Silver Medal for animated film “Virtual Shopper” 1995
AFC Production Grant for “VirtualShopper” 10 mins BetacamSP 1994
AFC Production Grant for “Watch this space” 22mins 16mm 1992
Stop Motion animated film “Dolls” included in National Gallery Exhibition “Popism” 1981
“Mr Tsuzuki comes to Australia” Winner of Japan Australia Short Film Competition 1981
Recent Filmography (2002- 2008) : all DVD format.
City of Dust 7mins 27’ 2008
The program 6mins 2007
Chaos 549 5mins49’ 2007
Dreamlake 4mins 2006
Shed Film 3min45 March 2005-
10,000 Days 6mins June 2005-
Lake Qualm 4 mins November 2004
Last Retort 5 mins 2003
Eleven 6 minutes 2002/2003
The Cloudwatchers 5 minutes 2002
How I wish 1 minute 2001
Recent Screenings :
How I wish
Brisbane Animation Festival 2003 , Halycon Drive Melbourne.2004
Shepparton Arts Festival 2003, Horsham Arts Conference 2004
Neuer Standort Vienna Austria 2004-
Heritage Center, The Springfield Ohio United States 2004
Axiom Theatre Houston Texas United States 2004
Cornell Cinema Ithaca New York United States 2004
111 Minna Gallery San Francisco California United States 2004
Darwin International Film Festival March 2005
San Francisco Indie Fest San Francisco California United States 2005
Chillin Productions San Francisco California United States 2005
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts San Fran- California United States 2005
Old Fire station , Bendigo May 2005-10-06
Allans Walk Artist Run Space June 2005
Latrobe Theatrette,View St. Bendigo –Launch of Cultural Star Programme August 2005
Old Fire Station, Bendigo September 2005
St Kilda Film Festival 2006
Castlemaine State Arts Festival March 2005. Regional Tour Through early October 2005, Sutton Grange, Dunolly, Elmore, Ballarat, Trentham, Melbourne in Conjunction with NGV & VCA late October 2005.
Microcinema Indepent Exposure Screenings; including Animation Nation-Singapore November 2007, Alaska, Texas and California.
The Program -Amsterdam Film Experience 2007.