Black Box Shorts 3: Phenomena In Flux

  • 93 mins

What if the cinema concentrated on creating new sensual experiences?

 Please note this screening may include strobe effects.

Strange camera angles, unusual framing, exaggerated scale, discrepant sound, rapid and rhythmic editing and sensory overload. These are just some of the techniques used by experimental filmmakers to subtly alter our visual and aural perception and to create a heightened awareness of phenomena in flux. Pushing our senses to the limits and sliding between abstraction and figuration, these formally rigorous works present a radical challenge to traditional forms of representation.

Screening with:


  • Tomonari Nishikawa /
  • Japan /
  • 2008 /
  • 3 mins

The excitement of the Japanese Derby depicted through a rapid-fire series of still images, presented as a filmic mosaic.

Director: Tomonari Nishikawa
Producer: Tomonari Nishikawa
Editor: Tomonari Nishikawa
DoP: Tomonari Nishikawa

28.IV.81 Bedouin Spark

  • Christopher Harris /
  • USA /
  • 2009 /
  • 3 mins

Close-up cinematography turns a simple object into a site of meditative celestial beauty.

Director: Christopher Harris
Editor: Christopher Harris
DoP: Christopher Harris

3 Year Compression

  • Kirsty Dootson /
  • UK /
  • 2009 /

How short can a short film be? Here time is radically condensed into a brief memory-flash of imagery.

Director: Kirsty Dootson

In Girum

  • Nick Cope /
  • UK /
  • 2008 /
  • 6 mins

Part of a series of collaborations with electroacoustic composer Tim Howle. A fairground ride takes on futuristic and haunting qualities.

Director: Nick Cope
Producers: Nick Cope, Tim Howle
Editor: Nick Cope
DoP: Nick Cope
Music: Tim Howle

In Suspension

  • Samantha Rebello /
  • UK /
  • 2009 /
  • 11 mins

Filmmaker and musician Rebello delicately interweaves sound and image, in a visceral play on the subtleties of perception.

Director: Samantha Rebello

Iris Out

  • Simon Payne /
  • UK /
  • 2008 /
  • 10 mins

“A video composed of single frames from sequences of expanding or contracting irises, reformatted for different aspect ratios. The color fields in the piece are reproduced by the eye and the brain, affecting consciousness and perception."

Director: Simon Payne

Laws of Physics

  • Michael Palm /
  • Austria /
  • 2009 /
  • 15 mins

A disorientating camera angle and a continual zoom render a simple scene formally perplexing, blurring boundaries between flatness and depth, abstraction and figuration.

Director: Michael Palm
Sound Production: Michael Palm

Sphinx on the Seine

  • Paul Clipson /
  • USA, Russia /
  • 2008 /
  • 9 mins

Fleeting impressions of everyday phenomena shot on luscious 8mm film.

Director: Paul Clipson
Producer: Paul Clipson
DoP: Paul Clipson
Sound Production: Jefre Cantu Ledesma
Music: Jefre Cantu Ledesma

Still In Cosmos

  • Makino Takashi /
  • Japan /
  • 2009 /
  • 19 mins

“I do not think that the word ‘chaos’ means ‘confusion’ or ‘disarray’, rather I believe it refers to a state in which the name or location of ‘objects’ remains unknown.”

Director: Makino Takashi
Music: Jim O’Rourke

Stroboscopic Noise

  • Manuel Knapp /
  • Austria /
  • 2009 /
  • 10 mins

A seemingly simple abstract structure (two lines oscillating at different frequencies) turns into a complex exercise in perception, as the eye becomes increasingly over-stimulated.

Director: Manuel Knapp
Sound Production: Manuel Knapp


  • Billy Roisz /
  • Austria /
  • 2008 /
  • 9 mins

Audio-visual feedback creating flickering, pulsating vertical columns built upon an intensifying, complimentary soundtrack.

Director: Billy Roisz
Scriptwriter: Billy Roisz
Sound Production: Sarah Washington, Knut Aufermann, Xentos "Fray" Bentos

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