Black Square

Peter Burr

IndieLisboa 2021 •

USA, Animation, Experimental, 2020, 6′

The black square in the middle of the screen. The contorting human figures. The succession of images in constant visual and sonorous assault. An audio sample of the opening of the 1965 Op Art exhibition, The Responsive Eye. Five minutes of extreme sensory experience.

The film's title is a reference to Malevich's Black Square painting, a black hole that swallows all shapes. Burr returns to the festival, after Pattern Language, continuing his path of creating animations and generative mutations, in immersive works, always visceral, visually strong and worth the experience. Watching this film on the big screen is a must. To get lost in the way the brain understands certain images and how various manipulations of colours and shapes trick our perception of things. (Carlos Ramos)