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ENH recommends: Norman McLaren - Synchromie. Musique Optique

Film exhibition

Vernissage: July 21st 2010, 7 pm, Exhibition until August 15th

WRO Art Center, Widok 7, Wrocław

Norman McLaren (1914-1987) was for most of his life associated with National Film Board of Canada in Montreal, where he opened the animated film department and studio in 1942. He made over 60 films there, winning close to like 200 international awards, including an Oscar, a Golden Palm and a BAFTA award.

McLaren was a pioneer who introduced various non-camera methods into the cannon of animation techniques, working directly on the film surface. In his early experiments he washed the emulsion and image from recorded film, and then painted and/or scratched images into each frame by hand. He never stopped looking for new visual materials and possibilities, using microscope photography, multiple exposures, slow motion, diagrams and abstract compositions; he merged animations with documentary films; he animated dolls and cut-outs; he experimented with graphic representations of sound.

Seeking to unify the visual and audio levels of his films, McLaren explored the potential of animation for integrating music and image. Synthetic sound tracks that he composed by drawing by hand directly on film tape served as the basis for colorful visual replications of the sound, letting us "see what we hear". That technique - which McLaren called "animated sound", is the focus of this exhibition.

The Exhibition Program

Fiddle-de-dee, 1947

Begone Dull Care, 1949

Test A for Synchromy, 1960s

Test B for Synchromy, late 1960s

Synchromy, 1971

Lines: Vertical, 1960

Lines: Horizontal, 1962

Pas de deux, 1968

Additional Materials in the WRO Media Library

Rythmetic, 1956

Stars and Stripes, 1940

Blinkity Blank, 1955

Dots, 1940

Mosaic, 1965

Short and Suite, 1959

Serenal, 1959

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