Computer Animation

Anerkennung - Honorary Mentions


Peter Burr (US), Fingerhut Mark (US)

Forma (US)


In 1562, Flemish artist Pieter Bruegel the Elder completed a painting called The Triumph of Death. In this panoramic landscape the sky is blotted out by black smoke; ships and dead fish litter the ocean shore; and an army of skeletons experiment with myriad death techniques. The living are badly outnumbered and the variety of fated tortures seems endless. There is little room for whimsy in this tableaux.

Over 200 years earlier, a nasty plague, commonly known as the Black Death, left a cruel and massive mark on European civilization, wiping out half of Europe’s total population. This was a quiet pervasion of death–an invisible pathogen carried by herds of tired rats. This plague triggered a series of social and economic upheavals with profound effects on the history of medieval Europe, guiding its survivors into the sort of self-inflicted darkness pictured by the Elder Bruegel.

Looking back at this historical trajectory, Peter Burr, Mark Fingerhut, and Forma have created a spiraling inter-dimensional narrative aptly titled Descent¬–a meditation on one of humanity’s blackest hours. Taking the form of a desktop application, descent.exe gives the user a brief glimpse of a world descending into darkness–an unrelenting plague indifferent to the struggles of the user. There is a silver lining, however, tucked into the software’s final sweep. An equanimous watcher, reduced to a single eye, looks on as the plague of rats that has infested your desktop destroys itself.


Peter Burr (US)

Peter Burr (US) is an artist from Brooklyn, NY. A master of computer animation with a gift for creating images and environments that hover on the boundary between abstraction and figuration, Burr has in recent years devoted himself to exploring the concept of an endlessly mutating labyrinth. His practice often engages with tools of the video game industry in the form of immersive cinematic artworks, which have been presented internationally. His practice has been recognized through grants and awards including a Guggenheim Fellowship (2018), Creative Capital Grant (2016), and a Sundance New Frontier Fellowship (2016).

Mark Fingerhut (US)

Mark Fingerhut (US) is an artist and programmer who is primarily interested in the potential of desktop computer usage as performance. Using a handmade suite of software, malware, and virus-like programs called “artdisks” he transforms his desktop computer environment into a theatrical stage of potential where anything is possible and the rules of the OS are bent and broken.


FORMA is a musical trio formed in 2010 in Brooklyn, NY, currently consisting of members Mark Dwinell, George Bennett and John Also Bennett. FORMA’s mixture of minimalism, ambient explorations, kosmische, and frenetic rhythm has captivated the international experimental music community since their 2011 self-titled debut on John Elliott’s influential Spectrum Spools label. Physicalist (2016), their debut recording for Kranky, was a shift in a new direction for the group–their first recording to utilize acoustic instrumentation alongside their formidable electronic arsenal.