An eclectic and electric series of international short films that aim to inspire and challenge. Info
Madison-based artist-curator duo Simone Doing and Max Puchalsky's Off The Wall series, now entering its third year, is a summer experimental film series that will take place in the alleyway outside Arts + Literature Laboratory every Saturday in August. Simone and Max (as the duo is known professionally), are themselves multimedia artists and MFA candidates at UW-Madison, and aim to showcase Madison filmmakers alongside an international array of experimental contemporary artists.
From the two filmmakers we were able to preview for the first night of round two, Off The Wall promises to be as eclectic as it was last year—if not more, which, yes, is a good thing. Adrián Regnier Chávez’s N (2017) is an animated portrayal of the Three Basic Principles of Formal Logic, a set of rules theorized by the likes of Aristotle to explain how humans make basic sense of the world. The voice-over and blocky cartoon style are initially simple elements that become more tangled as multiple speakers begin to argue over each other, while the animation sometimes seems like an apocalyptic PowerPoint demonstrations. Gaia Alari’s We Never Left The Ground (2018) is a stop-motion clay animation that the artist says is "about womanhood, society and human condition in general, life, illusions and death, through a non-linear, symbolic narration." The film explores the absurd specificity of family life, and we are subtly reminded that the actions of the simple yet expressive clay figures are guided by external hands, as they jab themselves with sticks and undertake strange rituals. —Reid Kurkerewicz