Conflict/Resolution Animated Installation

By CAOS - Calgary Animated Objects Society

Film and New Media, Multidisciplinary, Visual Arts

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About the Project

4 films, 4 artists, 2 months. A creative process out in the open.

Support 4 films being made right before your eyes by some of Calgary's most compelling animators and new media artists. Funds will go directly to the four artists to pay for post-production costs.

Check out the action on the conflict/resolution animation blog.

Animating and creating in the public space of the Epcor Centre's Plus 15 Window Galleries, Lindsay Sorell, Brian Batista, Ryan Von Hagen, and Louise Johnson are creating four short films as part of CAOS's Conflict/Resolution project.

The artist making the art is the art.

Four local artists inhabit +15 gallery windows animating the theme of Conflict/Resolution, bringing the process of animating into the public realm, peeling back the layers of what it takes to create this labour intensive form of media art, and displaying the process as the artwork itself.

Your Donation

By donating to Conflict/Resolution, you contribute directly to each film's post-production costs. Funds raised will be split equally between the four films to help with editing, soundtrack composition, foley, voice recording, mastering, compositing, and everything it takes to make each film polished and screen-ready.

Calgary Animated Objects Society - CAOS

Conflict/Resolution is a commission by Calgary Animated Objects Society, and is part of the International Festival of Animated Objects (March 9-17, 2013). CAOS has secured some artists' honoraria for Conflict/Resolution through the Canada Council for the Arts. Invest YYC funds will ensure each of the four films is completed to professional standard.

International Festival of Animated Objects

The International Festival of Animated Objects presents world-class puppetry, mask, and animated object performances and events from around the world. Conflict/Resolution is presented as part of the International Festival of Animated Objects.

The Films and the Artists

In the Beginning by Brian Batista

Exploring themes of conflict/resolution, chaos and order, birth and death, Brian Batista invites you to peek into his light-controlled studio environment in Untitled Arts +15 Gallery. Batista's interest in myth, storytelling and folklore is expressed in a fusion of east meets west, depicting images of the sacred. Emphasizing creation mythology and cyclical transformation, Batista uses a complex system of layered stop motion puppetry and time-lapse photography to illuminate themes from his sacred painting series.

Brian Batista aspires to create works of ultimate beauty, beauty that elevates and illuminates our everyday existence. His artistic inspiration stems from a deep and profound curiosity in spirituality and mysticism. He has a passion for the history, art and science of animation and is an educator in animation techniques and After Effects motion graphics with ACAD and Quickdraw Animation Society.

Inside Voice by Louise Johnson

Leon and Dennis are two highly opinionated gentlemen who disagree on almost everything, though their discussions are extremely civil. The idea for this film emerged from a thread of abusive comments on a blog post; one commenter ‘shouted,’ “NOBODY EVER CHANGED ANYONE’S MIND BY CALLING THEM A F***ING IDIOT!!”

Boththe words and thoughts of the charactersarerepresented visually with object animation inorder to draw a sharp contrast between the civility of their behaviour and the incivility of their thoughts.

Usinga Canon SLR withTake5 capture software in the Stride +15 Gallery, Johnson expertlyanimates sand on and around the objects, using its texture,limited palette and malleability forfluid transitions betweenobjects as they go from speech to thought during the discourse of the characters.

Louise Johnson has worked as an animator/director in many animation techniques and media. She has directed two films for the National Film Board of Canada and animated on television series, commercials, documentaries and most recently on the world’s first sand animation TV series “The Sand Pixies.”

Demo reel of works up to 2008

Reel breakdown

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Ciclo Vital by Ryan Von Hagen

Exploring the idea of people worshipping nature by representing it with man-made symbols and objects, Ryan Von Hagen incorporates numerous digital animations projected on three-dimensional painted objects in a process that slowly builds over the weeks in Marion Nicoll +15 Gallery. A looping narrative of several morphing animations depicts confusion, suffering, emotion, and faith

This piece is a further exploration of Von Hagen's interest in the way spirituality and hope can become imbued in man-made creations, such as the Holy Ka'aba, or Noble Cube in Mecca

Ryan Von Hagen has a BFA in Media Arts + Digital Technology from ACAD. He is a collaborator with many other artists and musicians, and explores the importance of fusing video projections to sonic environments. He focuses on the linear narrative aspect of video-making, believing that every scene has the potential to portray an over-arching emotional theme in many different ways.

A Lonely Mountain by Lindsay Sorell

Examining the universal conflict of romance, Lindsay Sorell animates a heart-aching love story between a mountain and the sky, night and day.

Animating in The New Gallery +15 window with a pile of dirt in a space the width of your shoulders, Sorell’s mountain searches for a resolution, her night tries to become one with day.

In Sorell’s world, there is finality in the separation, mutuality in the difference. There is nowhere to go. Conflict is something, a constant and beautiful oscillation, resolution is nothingness.

Lindsay Sorell studied at the Ontario College of Art and Design, received her BFA in Drawing from the Alberta College of Art and Design, and currently lives and works in Calgary, AB. She recently interned with ACAD’s Artist-in-Residence Travis Kirton developing the coding umbrella C4, and participated as an artist in the Calgary Biennial, Emmedia’s BYOB 2, and the EPCOR CENTRE’s Soundasaurus. She also writes websites and video games.

Micheal Welchman

A Calgary-based Film and Animation Director and Producer, Welchman brings a wealth of experience to his role as Technical Producer for Conflict/Resolution. He has done work for GIRAF Animation Festival, Quicktrack Animated City, 6 Degrees Sound and Production, and most recently acted as animation director for a feature length documentary co-produced by Enrique Poe Productions, Corkscrew Media, and the National Film Board of Canada.

The Galleries

Inside Epcor Centre for the Arts, in downtown Calgary. Stride, New Gallery, Untitled Arts and Marion Nicholl Plus 15 window galleries. Occupied daily by animators, February and March, 2013.


Conflict / Resolution builds on previous installations created as part of the International Festival of Animated Objects in 2005, 2007, 2009, and 2011, taking the process several steps further.


Your support goes directly to the four artists, helping them complete the films they have captured in the public space of the galleries.

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