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Keep it in Motion - Classic Animation Revisited: 'Sillon 672'

An exploration of the sensually seductive grooves of Bastian Dupriez's abstract short film, 'Sillon 672' (2014), spiced with a dash of Jerry Lee Lewis.

'Sillon 672' by Bastien Dupreiz

One of a handful of records that I can listen to endlessly is Live at the Starclub by Jerry Lee Lewis. It was recorded in 1964 at a time when the Killer’s life was in shambles from scandal (marrying his 13-year-old cousin), booze, pills, grief (the death of an infant son) and a career in tatters. The result is a breathtaking performance that summons angels and demons together into some unearthly exorcism of heaven and hell and everything in between; a violent, drunken, frenzied testament of desire, anguish, delusion and anger.  It’s raw, honest, petrifying and utterly absorbing.

Which somehow leads me to the beautiful abstract animation short, Sillon 672 (2014) by Bastian Dupriez.

Made, you guessed it, on vinyl, Sillon 672 (sillon translates, fittingly, as ‘groove’ in English) is not angry or petrifying, but it is like a great record. You can play it over and over again, endlessly digesting, discovering, absorbing, and rediscovering, but mostly you just sit back and allow the hypnotic shower of shapes and colours to soak your senses into a mindless state of bliss. This is a film you feel and, that in turn, makes you feel, which, goodbadsadangrydrunkdelusionblissfulenragedcalm, is all one really needs, from art or life.

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A well-known figure in the world of independent animation, writer, author & curator Chris Robinson is the Artistic Director of the Ottawa International Animation Festival.