As part of Filmic 2015, Watershed is delighted to host Out of Body, an exclusive combination of live music and experimental shorts commisioned by the London Short Film Festival. This is a new collaboration between electro industrial pop artist Elizabeth Bernholz (AKA Gazelle Twin) and interdisciplinary filmmaker and animator Carla Mackinnon and follows its sold out premiere at London’s ICA. This special performance features Gazelle Twin as the anonymous youth-like identity associated with her critically acclaimed album UNFLESH, responding live to the visceral and unsettling environment created by Mackinnon’s experimental animation.
Advisory** This film contains graphic imagery of animal tissue, blood and organs.
Gazelle Twin is the creation of British composer, producer and artist, Elizabeth Bernholz. Her live performance personas and musical work have gathered critical acclaim internationally since her first full length release in July 2011. Her hugely lauded most recent album UNFLESH is a highly visual and challenging piece of "horror-pop" exploring body-centric themes such as puberty and phobia, it was named as the best album release of 2014 by the online music magazine The Quietus. Led by distinctly visual themes, Bernholz often works collaboratively with other filmmakers, artists and musicians, often directly attempting to challenge traditional approaches to recorded music and live performance.
Carla MacKinnon uses combined moving image techniques to generate and explore ideas and imagery related to science, nature, mythology and psychology. Her recent work has involved experiments with the projection of computer-generated images and live action footage into stop-motion animation sets to create impossible environments that speak directly to the imagination. She is currently pursuing this interest in collisions and fusions between digital and analogue technologies. Carla has an MA from Royal College of Art and her work has won multiple awards and been exhibited around the world.
This show also features a supporting programme of experimental short films and animations by women directors including:
- 3 WAYS TO GO (Sarah Cox)
- ME AND RUBYFRUIT (Sadie Benning)
- MOUND (Allison Schulnik)
- THE NEST (Em Cooper)
- REDSHIFT (Emily Richardson)
- SWALLOWABLE PARFUM (Lucy McRae)
- TULIPS AT DAWN (Rosie Pedlow)
Followed by a Q&A with Elizabeth Bernholz (AKA Gazelle Twin) and Carla Mackinnon with Philip Illson, Director of London Short Film Festival.
Supported using public funding from Arts Council England