Melancholia (©Michael Amter)

Melancholia

Original title
Melancholia
2020
USA
German Premiere
Innovation
6 min
This film is part of the follwing short film programme:
Synopsis
An experimental study exploring mental disorder commonly experienced with the human condition. Attempting to mediate emotive concepts in an intentional repetitive manner to replicate certain patterns experienced in life. Hoping to create a simple visual metaphor contemplating alienation, grief, depression, isolation, loss, mania, mortality, etc. Trying to interpret the vastly complex in the most simplistic manner possible.

The imagery for this work was inspired while considering various theories encountered in science and physics. The primary animated symbol dominating this experiment was modestly conceived after studying various theories regarding genetics, particles, waves, etc. A primary factor comprised aspects of Heisenberg’s Uncertainty Principle, producing variations of this graphic motif’s movement with random changes impacting direction, size, shape, etc.
Director(s)
Michael Amter
Other Credits
Artist: Michael Amter
Director’s biography
Michael Amter developed an exquisite personal vocabulary of metaphorical imagery over the years. He began serious artistic study at Washington University in St. Louis. There he was recognized early for an obsessive work ethic producing a unique expression. During this time a number of his paintings were stolen during a special exhibition at this institution. Michael has a truly diverse background, including extensive work in television and film production to support his personal artistic endeavors. The artist has exhibited extensively throughout the globe, beginning professionally with the iconic 01 Gallery in Los Angeles during the early 90’s. Later he would be known for a wild variety of film/video experiments, rewarded by several opportunities to contemplate various themes with extensive travel in France, Japan, Singapore, etc. Michael’s impressive history involves a wide range of noted entities, including 3331 Arts Chiyoda, Apexart, Cité Internationale des Arts, Creative Time, Des Lee Gallery, Gallery Aferro, Instinc, Meridian International, Studio Kura, etc. The artist has encountered a number of humbling moments in relation to his personal expression. Notably a request by former director Mr. David Ross to provide a submission for the Whitney Biennial in the 1990’s. Michael’s piece created for a special 9-11 memorial exhibition is included in a collection with the US Library of Congress. However, his most memorable experience proved to be visiting the impressive special needs artists of Atelier PorePore in Tokyo during the Fall of 2016 and Summer of 2019. Currently a sampling of the artist’s drawings can be found at the Pierogi Gallery on the Lower East Side of Manhattan in NYC.