For the ninth year in a row, Phoenix Cinema held the Cultural Exchanges event Visible Bits, Audible Bytes.
As a joint honours film
studies and writing student, I spend a lot of time in the Phoenix, and know that, as an independent cinema, it usually
holds interesting and stimulating events.
This event was hosted by
De Montfort University's very own Professor Bret Battey and consisted of seven pieces of work: Cyclic from Numbercult and Max Cooper, Nuées by Myriam Boucher, Virtual Actors in Chinese Opera by Tobias Gremmler and the GuoGuang Opera Company, Estuaries 3 by Bret Battey, Scan_0.1 by Giorgio Bertinelli, Vacuum by Francesco Martí, and finally, Jean Piché's thirty minute long piece Threshing in the Palace of Light.
I found every single
piece extremely captivating and emotive, and I really don't think that I
could say that I have ever experienced any piece of art that is in any
way similar to any of the works I saw at this event.
The most emotive for me would have to be Nuées by
Myriam Boucher, as I found it genuinely scary and anxiety inducing, due
to its loud, jarring, repetitive sounds and the disturbing crossing
over of images of birds flying.
My favourites out of all of the clips, however, were definitely Virtual Actors in Chinese Opera by Tobias Gremmler and the GuoGuang Opera Company and Estuaries 3 by Bret Battey.
Battey's piece was
rather soothing, and visually reminded me of what one would envision the
feeling of a sneeze to look like: fuzzy and lingering.
Virtual Actors in
Chinese Opera was really interesting to me, as I love dance and it was
so captivating to see such wonderful colours and shapes moving alongside
one another so gracefully to create a sense of a character.
I would definitely
recommend anyone who is interested in the arts and forms of
creativity in any way to attend the tenth event in this series next year, as I
think everyone could take something from it.
Reviews and comment from the Demon Crew - creative writers at De Montfort University, Leicester.