Barry Doupé, Silent Symphony (still), 2022. 

Barry Doupé: VERY BIG SHORTS and Distracted Blueberry


With Barry Doupé and Steve Reinke

Admission starts at $5

March 30, 2023, 7pm
172 Classon Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11205

Join us at e-flux Screening Room on Thursday, March 30 at 7pm for VERY BIG SHORTS, a selectrospective of Barry Doupé’s short animated works, including a handful of Object Poems (2017), an anomalous live action work Life and People (2014), and excerpts from features The Colors that Combine to Make White are Important (2012), Ponytail (2008), and a preview of Distracted Blueberry (2019). This screening will be followed by a conversation between Barry Doupé and filmmaker Steve Reinke

The selectrospective is part of Barry Doupé: VERY BIG SHORTS and Distracted Blueberry, programmed by Steff Hui Ci Ling. A second part takes place on Saturday, April 1 at 5pm with the New York premiere of Distracted Blueberry.

The selectrospective serves as a kind of prologue to Saturday’s screening, by presenting motifs and formal experiments throughout earlier works that later culminated as scenes from the 273-minute durational id-whorl Distracted Blueberry.

“The selection was initially driven around my attachment to the simplicity and experimental playfulness that swirls among the psychosoup of Barry’s work. While putting this program together, the sphere, circle, or ball emerged as a  recurring companion who appears occasionally as specter, other times as protagonist through the arcs and sequences in these animations. The serenity and playfulness of VERY BIG SHORTS provide glimpses of Barry’s formal and poetic preoccupations with communication, sincerity, desire, sex (or simply the possibility of connection of any kind) in its apotheosis as Distracted Blueberry, which will be screened on Saturday, April 1 at e-flux Screening Room.”
—Steff Hui Ci Ling


RED HOUSE (2022, 3 minutes)
An animation that playfully explores metamorphosis in relation to the stability and structure of housing. Created using an AMIGA computer console and Deluxe Paint IV software.

Distracted Blueberry (Excerpt, 2019, 4 minutes)
This scene draws from “Particle Vase,” a silent one-minute animation from the suite of Object Poems

WHATY (2012, 30 seconds)
Morphing portraiture in an early spring pallet. Created using an AMIGA. 

Bubble Boing (Object Poem) (2017, 8 minutes)
A red ball that is trying to find a comfortable place to sit menaces a surreal, static party scene. 

Vhery (2013, 30 seconds)
Nostalgic gestures and texture lines reminiscent of MS Paint shimmy-wriggle-transform giving depth to the desktop.

The Colors that Combine to Make White are Important (Excerpt, 2012, 8.5 minutes)
The Colors that Combine to Make White are Important explores the power structure within a failing Japanese glass factory. Two parallel storylines—one involving the investigation of a suspect employee, the other a stolen painting — converge in an exposition on gender and desire. Doupé’s computer-animated film has its characters rapidly evolve through three distinct acts, while subverting the dominant archetypes in the Japanese salaryman genre. The hierarchical relationship between boss and employees is undone to examine language, art, and expression.

Silent Symphony (Object Poem) (2017, 1.5 minutes)
A mellow traffic of muted granular shapes scurry across muted layers of colorful movement.

Ponytail (Excerpt, 2008, 3 minutes)
Ponytail follows several inflicted characters and recounts the ways in which they find resolve. A series of scenarios held together by an attraction to failure and its spectacle describe the characters’ malfunction—their inability to fulfill personal desire. Compelled by the consequences and rewards of their attempts they question their own trajectory. Ponytail presents a unique society of characters that employ elements of melodrama, performative monologue, and traditional narrative structure.

Thalé (2019, 5 minutes)
Doupé’s computer animation Thalé is named after the thale cress, arabidopsis thaliana, mouse-ear cress, or arabidopsis, which is a small flowering plant native to Eurasia and Africa. The title flora is a popular model organism in plant biology to understand the molecular biology of plant traits including flower development and light sensing. That is one pedagogical flower! The rotating fictional flowers in the animation incorporate geometric forms inspired by sex toys and imagination.

Life and People (2014, 5 minutes)
In this series of videos, Life and People restages common life situations to consider different forms of communication, language, and recitation. Completed during a one month Artist Residency at the Western Front, this work marks a shift for Doupé from computer animation to live action video.

Shikisou (with Yota Kobayashi, 2012, 12 minutes)
The Japanese word “shikisou” means a cyclical gradation of colors (“hue”) as well as “appearance” or “visible figure.” In addition to these definitions, metamorphosis is a key concept within shikisou. Shikisou refers to a cycle of seasons to measure time, but expresses the symbolism and emotional assignment that seasons often extend by portraying approaching figurative “sound events” associated with memories of each season. Even though it adheres to a profound principle, something determinative and grandiose like a genesis of rhythm and its resultant patterns, the pulsing orb seems to contain and express something less threatening than disorder and more poetic than a scientific axiom.

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Barry Doupé: VERY BIG SHORTS and Distracted Blueberry

Barry Doupé (b. 1982, Victoria, BC) is a Vancouver-based artist primarily working with computer animation. His films use imagery and language derived from the subconscious, developed through writing exercises and automatic drawing. He often creates settings within which a character’s self-expression or action is challenged and thwarted, resulting in comic, violent, and poetic spectacles. His films have been screened throughout Canada and internationally.

Steve Reinke is an artist and writer best known for his monologue-based videos. He grew up in a village in the Ottawa Valley and now lives and works in Chicago. His work is represented by Isabella Bortolozzi (Berlin) and Foxy Production (New York).

Steff Hui Ci Ling is a cultural worker, labor researcher, and occasional critic and film programmer living as a guest on the unceded territories of the xwməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) First Nations. She is currently organizing the circulation of an Art Workers’ Inquiry for Decolonial Potential. The Inquiry is concerned with the political tradition of workers’ inquiries and its application in the cultural sector and our labor’s relationship to settler-colonial property.


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