Free Event

Wed, March 20, 12:00pm

Juror Presentation: Marcin Gizycki – Polish Animation

Michigan Theater (Main Auditorium)

The first of two programs of curated by scholar, critic and artist Marcin Giżycki that presents a survey of works beginning in 1957, the opening of what is generally considered the "Golden Age of Polish Animation" through the present day. This program will include films by Jan Lenica, Walerian Borowczyk, Jerzy Kucia, Kazimierz Urbański, and Józef Robakowski among other classics and rarely seen works, screened from archival film prints.

Marcin Giżycki is an art and film historian, critic, photographer, filmmaker and senior lecturer at Rhode Island School of Design. He is an expert at the Polish Film Institute as well as the founder and Artistic Director of the Animator International Animated Film Festival in Poznan, Poland. His work includes documentary, experimental, and animated films. Giżycki has curated numerous film programs for international venues including the Museum of Modern Art (NY), the Museum of Cinematography (Torino), and the Centre Pompidou (Paris).
Giżycki has published over 300 essays, papers, and articles on art and film; his books include: Avant-Garde and Cinema: Film in Polish Avant-Garde Circles Between the Wars (1996), Disney Was Not the Only One (2000), The End and What Next? Essays on Postmodernism, Contemporary Art, and the End of the Century (2001), Dictionary of Movements and Key Notions of Art of the 2nd Half of the 20th Century (2002), and Wenders Go Home! (2006).

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Films Showing:

Sztandar Młodych

(Jan Lenica, Walerian Borowczyk, 1957) 2 min

A short film advertising the newspaper Sztandar Młodych (The Banner of Youth), noteworthy for its abstract elements painted directly onto film stock. An attempt at showing the complexity of the...

Here and There

(Andrzej Pawłowski, 1957) 6.5 min

Polish title: Tam i tu Here and There, by Andrzej Pawłowski, a well-known painter, sculptor, and industrial designer, is a filmed projection of moving objects, cast onto the screen with...

Italia 61

(Jan Lenica, Wojciech Zamecznik, 1961) 3 min

A film made for the Polish pavilion at the Expo ’61 in Torino, Italy. A series of vignettes illustrating major themes of the show....

Sweet Rhythms

(Kazimierz Urbański, 1965) 6.5 min

Polish title: Słodkie rytmy An experiment with the effects of heat on film emulsion, with a view to its deformation and the achievement of new visual effects. Abstract, organic images...

The Dynamic Rectangle

(Józef Robakowski, 1971) 5 min

Polish title: Prostokąt dynamiczny A minimalist abstract film: a red rectangle rhythmically alters its dimensions....

What Do We See After Closing Our Eyes

(Julian Antonisz, 1978) 5 min

Polish title: Co widzimy po zamknięciu oczu i zatkaniu sobie uszu Camera-less film by Julian Antonisz, a Polish avant-garde filmmaker, artist, animator, screenwriter, composer, and inventor. The image was created...


(Hieronim Neumann, 1979) 8 min

Scenes from a family event literary fell to pieces. An experiment with dividing the screen into four smaller ones....

The First Film

(Józef Piwkowski, 1981) 9.5 min

Polish title: Pierwszy Film The Lumiere brothers first film The Workers Leaving the Factory is reanimated through electronic processing....

Tuning the Instruments

(Jerzy Kucia, 2000) 15.5 min

Polish title: Strojenie instrumentów A monotonous bike trip evokes images of the past. A symphony of image and sound. Tuning The Instruments received great acclaim along with numerous awards when...

Bark, You Mongrel, Raise Hell, My Pearl

(Wojciech Bąkowski, 2006) 5 min

Polish title: Kundelku ujadaj, Perełko rób piekło Made without the use of a camera, the film follows the rhythm of a few repetitive motifs. The music, inseparably bound to the...


(Marcin Giżycki, 2012) 3.5 min

Three animated variations on Henryk Berlewi’s Mechanofaktura. Dynamic Contrasts of 1924 based on some hints given by the artist himself. Music and sound design by Jaroslaw Siwinski, a rising star...