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Steven Woloshen’s ‘The Dead Sea Scrolls’ Screening in Barcelona

Canadian animator to premiere his newest short films at Spain’s Centre de Culture Contemporània de Barcelona along with a retrospective screening of his work on October 5, 2018.

‘The Dead Sea Scrolls’ (2018).

The Centre de Culture Contemporània de Barcelona is hosting an retrospective screening of the films of Canadian animator Steven Woloshen, which will include the premiere of his newest work, The Dead Sea Scrolls, as part of its Xcèntric film screening series.

The free event, which is open to the public, will be held on October 5, 2018 at 7:30PM at the CCCB Auditorium. The screening was curated by filmmaker Xcèntric director Carolina López, who is a specialist in animation.

From the CCCB website:

The best known camera-less productions of Steven Woloshen share the verve and pace of the freer works of Norman McLaren and the joie de vivre of Robert Breer’s films. Color, graphics and music take the lead in films that regale the eyes and the ears. But there is another interesting facet to the Canadian filmmaker, less known and more mature and, if possible, even more original, using found footage and formalistic mechanisms reminiscent of structural and materialist cinema, such as his latest film, The Dead Sea Scrolls. This program offers a range of his work that illustrates the talent and the contributions of one of the most celebrated contemporary experimental animators.


  • Free Speech, 2012, 30 seconds
    A public service announcement. A plea to free jailed, Iranian filmmaker, Jafar Panahi.
  • 1000 Plateaus (2004-2014), 2014, 3-minutes, 21-seconds
    A musical celebration of travel, jazz and road maps, this abstract film was created entirely in the front seat of a car with ink, paint and other simple tools.
  • Poster for Steven Woloshen’s ‘Bru Ha HA!’ (2002).

    The Dead Sea Scrolls, 2018, 26-minutes, 2-seconds
    Film is the new scroll. We read time as it times passes and repeats itself. Each ‘scroll’ works like a chapter Paint on film, decay, collage and photograms for the most original film by this Canadian artist up to date.

  • Chronicle Reconstructions, 2008, 3 minutes
    A short film about love and loss and the Matabeleland tribe of Southern Rhodesia.
  • Bru Ha HA!, 2002, 2 minutes
    A handmade 35mm film that uses paint, emulsion scratches, and dry transfer lettering to represent voices and instrumentation. “Unplanned” as a spontaneous study of inhuman relationships of abstract characters.
  • Crossing Victoria, 2013, 4 minutes
    Ten years ago, I made a treacherous, late night winter journey across an old, Montréal historical landmark. Through the freezing rain, wind and snow, these were the ironclad hallucinations that I encountered on my path
  • Frobisher Bay, 2012, 2 minutes
    Revolving and repeating, Frobisher Bay offers a glimpse into the permanence of nature – in contrast to the transience of man-made ideals and ambitions.
  • The Curse of the Voodoo Child, 2005, sound, 35mm, 3-minutes, 20-seconds
    The cycle of sex, birth, fire and childhood. Will my child repeat this cycle, or invent a new one
  • Fleeting Rotland, 2009, 5 minutes
    In 1914, a man abandoned his horse and escaped the impending disaster that loomed overhead. Man, horse and barn. They are all either dead or destroyed. But their activities on film could exist forever.
  • National Tapestry, 2015, 2 minutes
    Created as a large-scale installation for public spaces, National Tapestry draws our focus to the weft and the warp of the woven image.
  • Two Eastern Hair Lines, 2004, 4 minutes
    An exploration of communication and isolation/east and west.

Steven Woloshen: The Mechanical Trance!
October 5, 2018 -- 19.30 - 21.00
Centre de Culture Contemporània de Barcelona Auditorium
Montalegre, 5 - 08001 Barcelona
Admission is free

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Formerly Editor-in-Chief of Animation World Network, Jennifer Wolfe has worked in the Media & Entertainment industry as a writer and PR professional since 2003.