Fvoom! The Animated Films of Robert Breer

Still from Fuji (1973) by Robert Breer

Fvoom! The Animated Films of Robert Breer
Online only. Viewable for 48 hours from 3:00pm Friday 26th November 2021
Part of London International Animation Festival 2021

It is 10 years since the artist, filmmaker and animator Robert Breer died, and his impact on experimental animation practice is greater than ever. During his lengthy artistic career, Breer collaborated with the likes of Jean Tinguely and Claes Oldenberg, created kinetic sculptures that moved at an almost imperceptible rate, and produced more than 40 influential and ground-breaking films. As part of London International Animation Festival 2021 Edge of Frame presents two programmes exploring Breer’s substantial legacy. This first programme; Fvoom! The Animated Films of Robert Breer brings together a selection of his seminal works of experimental animation, which collide radical discontinuity with cartooning and found materials, formally daring one moment, daftly humorous the next. 


Form Phases IV (Robert Breer, 1954)
Breer’s earliest experiments in animation are wonderfully dense yet lyrical abstractions based on his own geometric paintings.
(USA, 3’30)

Recreation (Robert Breer, 1957) 
‘A frame by frame collision of totally disparate images.’ – Robert Breer
(USA, 2’00)

A Man and His Dog Out For Air (Robert Breer, 1957)
‘A brilliant and astonishing ballet animated with unprecedented virtuosity!’ – Film Quarterly
(USA, 3’00)

Blazes (Robert Breer, 1961)
100 basic images switching positions for 4000 frames. A continuous explosion. 
(USA, 3’00)

Horse Over Tea Kettle (Robert Breer, 1962) 
‘In this witty animation of brightly colored doodles, things are not quite what they appear to be.  …’nuclear mayhem.’’ – MOMA Catalogue
(USA, 8’00)

Breathing (Robert Breer, 1963)
‘Breer’s unpredictable lines flow forth naturally with an assurance and a serenity which are the signs of an astonishing felicity of expression.’ – Cahiers du Cinema 
(USA, 5’00)

Fist Fight (Robert Breer, 1964)
‘A rapid-fire onslaught of images set to the sound of Karlheinz Stockhausen’s Originale.’
(USA, 11’00)

66 (Robert Breer, 1966)
Bursts of continuous movement, jerky and irregular rhythms and drawn objects rotating in three dimensions. A continual unfolding of surprises.
(USA, 5’30)

Gulls and Buoys (Robert Breer, 1972)
Robert Breer’s first use of the rotoscope. Parts of objects, people, and movements are intertwined into an assemblage of abstract colour forms. 
(USA, 6’00)

Fuji (Robert Breer, 1973)
‘A poetic, rhythmic, riveting achievement, in which fragments of landscapes, passengers, and train interiors blend into a magical colour dream of a voyage.’ – Amos Vogel. 
(USA, 9’00)

LMNO (Robert Breer, 1978)
‘Conceivably the best of all of Breer’s films to date.’ – Jonathan Rosenbaum
(USA, 10’00)

Fist Fight (1964) by Robert Breer