AvA focuses on current artists creating in the visual medium (filmmakers, video artists, animators, etc.) with emphasis on absurdism.
Absurdist Video Art, absurdist film, purports to be one of the most relevant forms of cinema today, based on the current times, culturally, politically, sociologically; all reflecting a level of absolute absurdist mentality which needs to be mirrored back and culture jammed for documentary purpose, as well as purposes of maintaining a sense of humor and a modicum of sanity.
Ferguson Ulrich is an alternative cinema (experimental, avant garde, underground, etc.) documentarian, curator, and writer who now places emphasis on current cinematic creators as opposed to the rehashing of retrospective material, which has been the trend for the last several years in the alt cinema world. Curators for the last decade have largely ignored the amassing work of newer artists, instead dwelling in nostalgia for the old and familiar; a much easier route than vigorously searching for the new absurdist talent sprouting heavily from the cracks.
The Absurdist Video Art Conglomeration (AVAC) includes American Films, Andy Heck Boyd, Eli Elliott, Shaye Saint John, Tykylevits, Matthew Topartzer and others.
The first ever ABSURDIST FILM FESTIVAL took place in the absurdist town of Boise, Idaho in November of 2010.
Contact Ferguson (at symbol) parismail (dot com) if you know of absurdist related work to be mentioned/featured here.
absurdism (əb-sûr’dĭz-əm, -zûr’-)
- A philosophy, often translated into art forms, holding that humans exist in a meaningless, irrational universe and that any search for order by them will bring them into direct conflict with this universe: “True absurdism is not less but more real than reality” (John Simon).
- An act or instance of the ridiculous.
- Absurdism implies a tragic tone and feelings of frustration that arise out of the contradiction between the human quest for the meaning of life and its inaccessibility.