Taking seven international artists, some recent graduates, some world-renowned, the aim of the project is to help bring a focus to peace, drawing some extra attention to the topic. The seven films were curated by Puma Curative Chief Curator, Mark Coetzee, and produced by Shooting People, taking seven different interpretations on the phrase “Peace starts with me”.
Using a whole heap of different formats to reach the end product, the seven films incorporate 35mm live action, experimental animation and fine art. All seven films will be shown at this years World Peace Festival 2011.
Enjoy the films below, and head over to Puma Peace where you can find more info on each artist and can download each film for free.
“Peace starts with me. Here. My body. Through fragmentation and dislocation, this film explores the body as a place where inner conflicts and tensions are played out. A frenetic collage gives way to a more serene version of the body. Peace comes as a sudden breath born out of chaos.”
“My film is about mirroring and feedback – abstract patterns and shapes fill the two sides of the screen, taking us on a journey from disharmony to peace. Conceptually, it’s about how violence breeds violence and love breeds love. Only by turning the other cheek can we bring about change, understanding and peace.”
“My film is an abstract visualization of the feelings and imagery that haunt me in the transitional space between sleep and wakefulness. I am a slow starter—every morning, before I can approach the world worry-free and open-minded, I need to first drain the negative. Only then am I happy and at peace with myself.”
Christine Malloy & Joe Lawlor:
“Our film is a portrait of a community, united in a celebration of peace. What starts as one individual ends in a large and spectacular group portrait, with people from all backgrounds standing together and sharing a moment of tranquility. Peace starts with me and gradually expands to include everyone. We are all connected.”
“Two fighters face one another in the ring, surrounded by spectators in masquerade. The bell sounds and the fighters jump into action. The spectators become more and more frenzied as the blows get harder and the fighters less guarded. Finally they peak and, exhausted, slump into one another—a moment of peace.”
“Peace is always in your life, if you look for it. In my film, the word peace is concealed within an abstract landscape—at times clearly discernible, at others hidden. The film is meant to seem chaotic. Like the principles of Yin and Yang, positive and negative, peace exists within chaos and vice versa.”
Tom Gran & Kayleigh Gibbons:
“For us, peace is about letting go. We all have the potential to destroy each other and our resistance to letting go of our defenses makes confl ict much more dangerous. Our film follows a society of living threads as they desperately support hundreds of bladed objects in mid-air.”