Some of the most interesting work I saw all week was created by Miwa Matreyek, a recent graduate of the experimental animation MFA program at Cal Arts. She had four pieces in the festival: Grater City, Digitopia, and the installation/performance works Subterranean Heart and Dreaming of Lucid Living. This last one won two prizes: a tie for the Student Grand Prix, and the Audience Choice Award for Best Installation.
I mentioned Digitopia and Subterranean Heart in earlier posts, but all of these are available to view at her website, semihemisphere.com. If you check out anything I’ve recommended, it should be this. The way she merges live action movement with animated components is fascinating, and I really enjoy the visual style as well as the science & engineering themes.