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Peter Burr: animation showcase & lecture

  • Wolf Studio 6 Wildenbruchstraße Berlin, Berlin, 12045 Germany (map)

Peter Burr from New York is coming to Wolf over a weekend to present his works from the world of computer animation over the course of a weekend and to give a workshop in which he talks about the relationship between art, technology and animation.

Sunday, March 11 at 4 pm: Lecture

Peter Burr will talk about the comix / zine culture of the late 1990s in North America, which was catalysed by the Projet Mobilivre, to his own animation practice, which was influenced by Cartune Xprez. In addition he shows examples of his performance art, his installations and a computer virus.

Saturday, March 10 at 6:30 pm:
Labyrinths: The Films of Peter Burr 2012 - 2017
Alone with the Moon, USA 2012, 13 min
Special Effect, USA 2014, 22 min
Green | Red, USA 2014, 10.5 min
The Mess, USA 2016, 14 min
Pattern Language, USA 2017, 10.5 min


Peter Burr (b. 1980) is an artist from Brooklyn specializing in animation and installation. A master of computer animation, with a gift for creating images and environments that hover on the boundary between abstraction and figuration, Burr has in recent years devoted himself to exploring the concept of an endlessly mutating labyrinth. Existing as stand-alone pieces, much of his work is also in the process of expanding into a video game through the support of Creative Capital and Sundance. Previously, he worked under the alias Hooliganship, and in 2006 founded the video label Cartune Xprez, through which he produced three DVD compilations, live multimedia exhibitions, and touring programs showcasing a multi-generational group of artists at the forefront of experimental animation.

“A mix of intricate patterns that vibrate, flicker, and hypnotize. Viewing Burr’s work feels like entering into a dark, digital cave.” –Alex Ginsberg, ELECTRIC OBJECTS

“Burr’s art conjures the future – projection screens picturing high density structures that resemble malls populated by people who move in slow motion; text by video game designer Porpentine that describes opinionless cultures; undulating black and white patterns designed to mesmerize the viewer. Unlike movies, though, which tend to center around heroes and villains, there’s no morality attached to this environment. It’s not good, or bad. It just is.” – Paddy Johnson, ART F CITY


ALONE WITH THE MOON (2012, 13 min, digital)

Burr creates a slow, liminal illusion in black-and-white, switching perspectives and matrices and crescendoing in time with Christopher Doulgeris’s portentously pulsating soundtrack.


SPECIAL EFFECT (2014, 22 min, digital)

Channeling Tarkovsky’s STALKER, this film’s fractured and spiraling narrative is traversed through a hypnotizing blend of live action and various digital animation styles.


GREEN | RED (2014, 10.5 min, digital)

Burr conjures a shape-shifting world where the sidewalks are endless, the radio is playing electric, and the night sky is broken open by a cataclysm of shuddering stars.


THE MESS (2016, 14 min, digital)

This film follows the perspective of a solitary woman who descends into an abandoned subterranean ‘arcology.’ She is tasked with cleaning up the mess that has spawned from this feral structure, becoming lost in the process.


PATTERN LANGUAGE (2017, 10.5 min, digital)

Architect Christopher Alexander’s design theories are applied towards a generative video game labyrinth, resulting in this rhythmic animation made of rippling, skipping, and strobing arrays of light infused with programmatic digital pixelation.

Total running time: ca. 75 min.

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