Duration: min. 8:27
Original format: Pal Widescreen 1050x576 - Progressive
Alessandro Bavari: Camera Tremula 1, Noise Melange, XYZ Ocula Depth
Fulvio Sturniolo: Camera Tremula 2
Jeff Ensign aka Evolution Noise Slave: Sonic Harmonium
Metachaos, from Greek Meta (beyond) and Chaos (the abyss where the eternally-formless state of the universe hides), indicates a primordial shape of ameba, which lacks in precise morphology, and it is characterized by mutation and mitosis.
In fact the bodies represented in METACHAOS, even though they are characterized by an apparently anthropomorphous appearance, in reality they are without identity and conscience. They exist confined in a spaceless and timeless state, an hostile and decadent hyperuranium where a fortress, in perpetual movement, dominates the landscape in defense of a supercelestial, harmonic but fragile parallel dimension. In its destructive instinct of violating the dimensional limbo, the mutant horde penetrates the intimacy of the fortress, laying siege like a virus. Similar to the balance of a philological continuum in human species, bringing the status of things back to the primordial broth.
METACHAOS is a multidisciplinary audio-visual project, articulated in a short film, a set of photography and mix-technique paintings. The purpose of the project is to represent the most tragic aspects of the human nature and of its motion, such as war, madness, social change and hate.
METACHAOS won the Golden Nica at Prix Ars Electronica, Austria.
Alessandro Bavari’s “Metachaos” is an impressive display of the amazing graphics that can be produced with leading-edge hardware and software. The 8-minute clip begins with a sequence of clear, geometric forms that suggest a serene world. But it doesn’t take long until it’s apparent that this was just the calm before the storm. Shadowy creatures and shockingly grotesque figures intrude into this domain rendered in black & white and sepia tones and rip it to pieces. Using the interplay of light and shadow, intentionally shaky camera movements and quick cuts, Bavari takes us on a tour de force through an unsettling imaginary cosmos that grips viewers and doesn’t let them loose. In addition to its extraordinary visuals, “Metachaos” features an impressive composed soundscape of incredibly concentrated intensity—noise elements paired with driving beats, panic-stricken screams, the rattling of bones and gale-force winds.
While some of as did not necessarily share the apocalyptic view of this film, we found that it left the most indelible impression. Narrowly passing through the first round, it grew on us, so that on repeated viewing it miraculously made its way to the top.
What starts as a cinematic, kinetik, yet clean field of geometry and bodies, gradually evolves, or devolves, into the artist's vision of a nightmarish black-and-white world created by a continual collision of the human and the architectural form. It finally culminates in a screaming dance among the ruins. In a impressive virtuoso tour de force, Alessandro Bavari creates a constant mêlée of grime, projectile muck and dust among collapsing spaces at the stage for metamorphosing human bodies with branching limbs that seem constantly to break the architectural environment apart. Zombies with missing limb sand decaying skin and faces sometimes stand around listlessly and other times appear to engage in orgasmic sex. The human forms become insect-like and multiply in hordes across the building forms. Dust particles and snakes of turbolent, ferrous liquid finally explode into an apocalyptic ocean of flotsam and sludge.
Bavari's few collaborators helped shape what the credit call "camera tremula" (shaky, documentary-style camera) and sound design. We commend his dedication to a singular artistic vision that is grounded in his practice as a photographer. This is a representation of a caustic end of the world, a world of a audible pain and hopeless destruction rendered with a disturbing reference to 80s-style computer-generated animation as well as 60s "actionism".
METACHAOS has been awarded Best Experimental Film at the Stortford Film Festival, Stortford, U.K.
METACHAOS won the Special Award IED Madrid at the Skepto International Film Festival.
METACHAOS won the "Best Direction Prize" at the Cinemavvenire Video Festival.
METACHAOS won the 1° Prize Art Lab at the Festival Internazionale del Cinema d'Arte.
INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF FILM ART
It ended Saturday, July 23th, the 10th edition of International Festival of Film Art. Have contributed to the success of this 10th edition the charming and intimate context of the Cloister of Seminarino, but also the affection of the public who attended the welcome celebration of the Awards Ceremony.
On stage, Luca Viscardi has introduced the evening by welcoming the audience and thanked all partners who have supported the event and, with the Festival‘s Artistic Director, Enzo Sallustro, has launched a movie representative of all 10th editions of the festival.
This led to the expectation awards ceremony, which saw the top step of the podium for the category Art Lab “Metachaos” by Alessandro Bavari, a visionary, experimental work that has won over the jury for the techniques used and the ability to evoke apocalyptic worlds.
Also in the category Art Lab, “Adamha” of Mashaallah Mohammadi received a special award for the animation, given the simplicity of the design with which the director conveys the sense of detachment of contemporary society, while “Amourette” Maja Gehrig special award for originality, has been awarded for the irony and poetry with which the filmmaker explores a theme apparently like rough sex.
In the category Art Cinema Award Special Director went to “The class teacher goes to heaven” by Valentina Jordan, a key black and white documentary that investigates the precarious situation of teachers in the real Milan. “Forada instant” of a Spanish-Elisabet Prandi work that shows how meticulous creation of a work of art becomes art in it self-it is instead won the award for best documentary, while the overall winner of the category Raphael was Buranelli with “Salome – a story”: a journey through time and different media, a work characterized by great attention to aesthetics and an excellent interpretation of the leading actress who, with a modern and original narrative style , manages to interact with different forms of art without taking them too seriously.
After the ceremony was the last time anticipated event of the 2011 Festival: Conferring the Award for Lifetime Achievement to Remo Girone. Driven by the demands of Enzo and Luca Sallustro Cavadini, the actor has successfully entertained the audience by telling amusing anecdotes of his career, encounters, moments of personal life, in a pleasant conversation that revealed both the professional man. Accompanied by his wife and actress Victoria Zinny, Group received the award “The Golden Walls” by Roberto Gualdi, Director General of the Festival, showing deeply grateful for the recognition received for being one of the most compelling and versatile actors of the Italian scene, capable to move with ease from television, theater, film, inspired by the characters he plays and screenplays that of master in his career he helped turn into great works.
The Festival ended as it had been opened in the name of Italian cinema: a tribute to Ugo Tognazzi the first evening and the Lifetime Achievement Award in Pool wove the story of an event of international scope, with works in the competition came from around the world.
METACHAOS won the 1° Prize ex aequo as best short and Prize Critics Special Mention at the
Corto Dorico Short Film Festival.
Marco Bechis (presidente)
Symphony of images and music, apocalyptic and psychedelic, Metachaos is a compelling video that can not be tamed: elusive, hypnotic, swirling and disturbing work of art carved for moving images, reflects on the violent opposition between harmony and chaos. Excellent workmanship, the harmony of the editing, the suggestive animations, the powerful music. His experimental tension, which puts it more in the path of avant-garde video art rather than the film's narrative, is evidence of a significant and deserving research.
METACHAOS was awarded for the Best Design Award at the 13th Animation Film Festival Animated Dreams
Film uses the CGI animation in a very original and personal way, catching the audience with an impressive and constantly evoluting graphics.