Experiment 120

Playlist of experimental films for kids

EXPERIMENT 120 is a YouTube playlist proposed by the artist and curator Marie-Pierre Bonniol, presenting 120 years of experimental films for children and young people in 22 films, most of them being very short (between 1 and 4 minutes), and which can be watched from the age of 7. The films can be enjoyed by people of all languages.

Intended for a primary school and a creative centre for young people in the Berlin district of Neukölln during the schools closure period April 2020, as it can be watched from any home, this playlist explores several researches of the experimental abstract cinema, essentially in animation, whether in the form of arrangements and compositions of forms (René Jodoin), or shorter stories, with a magical treatment, where humour is present (Georges Melies, La Linea). Film, the mythical cinematographic medium, is also present, with experiments carried out by several artists directly on tapes in the 40s, 50s and 60s (Harry Smith, Stan Brakhage).

Often, the treatment of the image with sound is extremely important, as in the compositions of Norman McLaren. The poems are optical (Oskar Fischinger), the colours are hypnotic (Len Lye) and with the apparition of the computer, new forms of works are appearing in the 70s.

This playlist, which is historical and established with the collaboration of a 7 years old child, goes right up to the most recent years in a panorama showing many varieties of writings and treatments which is, we hope, poetic and inspiring, inviting in turn to make one’s own films, offering another relationship to images.

EXPERIMENT 120 is a playlist established by Marie-Pierre Bonniol (ZKM entry), in collaboration with Walter Duncan, April 2020. It’s presented by Studio Walter, a creative structure based in Berlin Neukölln, in partnership with Cool Marbles Stuff, computer animation creative programme for children.
This playlist Experiment 120 is a not-for-profit proposition.


The playlist

Short link: https://bit.ly/3bHWXpL

The films

1898  Georges Melies, The Four Troublesome Heads, 1’19
1922  Walther Ruttmann, Der Sieger, 3’01
1923  Hans Richter, Rythmus 23, 3’22
1930  Laszlo Moholy Nagy, Ein Lichtspiel Schwarz Weiss Grau, 6’34
1936  Len Lye, Rainbow Dance, 1’20
1938  Oskar Fischinger, An Optical Poem, 7’12
1940  Norman McLaren, Dots, 1’37
1947  Harry Smith, Film No. 3: Interwoven, 3’23
1948  John Halas, The Magic Canvas, 9’39
1955  Art Clokey, Gumbasia, 3’10
1959  Robert Breer, Eyewash, 6’17
1961  Jordan Belson, Allures, 7’17
1963  Stan Brakhage, Mothlight, 3’25
1966  René Jodoin, Notes on a triangle, 4’46
1967  Tony Pritchett, The Flexipede, 2’04
1971  Norman McLaren, Synchromy, 7’27
1971  Osvaldo Cavandoli, La Linea #1, 4’26
1976  Sesame Street Pinball Number Count, 12’12
1979  Voja Antonic, Computer animation, 0’06
1984  Robert Abel and Associates, High Fidelity, 1’45
2010  Space is green, White lines, 2’20
2017  Circle, Motion Graphics, 1’17

Images credits

Len Lye, Oskar Fischinger, Art Clokey, Robert Breer, Walther Ruttmann, John Halas, Osvaldo Cavandoli, Voja Antonic, Tony Pritchett and René Jodoin.


Alma Alloro, France Auda, Emma Balkind, Daniel Beban, Érik Bullot, Isabelle Carlier, Théo Deliyannis, Tommy Dennys, Guillaume Derinchy, Melissa Dullius, Keith Duncan, Olivia Earle, Sally Golding, Marie Graftieaux, Wayne Grim, Patrick Gyger, Marko Hoffman, Fielding Hope, Gustavo Jahn, P.G.Lee, Constance Legeay, Laida Lertxundi, David Le Simple, Guy Maddin, Gaëlle Mignot, Guido Möbius, Jean-Sébastien Nicolet, Marion Orel, Ela Orleans, Giulia Palombino, Sinziana Paltineanu, Olivier Prieur, Lauren Reid, Nicolas Rotenberg, Rumpus Room, David Sanson, Joel Stern, Brian Turner, Gloria Vilches and Mark Williams.