Vanishing Points

In the beginning was the black ellipse. Nana Swiczinsky presents this form, which she also identifies as the “geometric proto-cell,” as the starting material for her film Points of View (1999). Adventurous distortions and contortions allow a maximum on form effects to appear. Black and white only was her original self-appointed limitation. Vanishing Points takes this “proto-material” and submerges it in a lush universe of color – as though allowing every perspective a decisive expansion through the appropriate psychedelic lens.

The soberness of the basic element is thus countered by the abundant feast of color, rhythm, and form. Swiczinsky has subjected individual sequences of the predecessor film to a radical reworking. However, she does this without using a camera, but instead, by means of repetitive copying, masking, and dying. She approaches the “proto-form” from a wide range of distances and perspectives. The ellipse thus appears extensive one time, is divided in the middle at another point, and appears once as a grid surface, then again in cadres of diverse details: each transformation occurring in minute, fragile steps. The soundtrack, created from the sounds of a copy machine, offers a subtle change of rhythm. The coloring generates from the brashest primary tones, yet at the same time, their layering over one another results in white. This emphasizes the effect of a "bottomless depth," a hallucinogenic engrossment in the phenomenon of additive color mixing.

The “vanishing points” of the title correspond with the immersion in color and form: as geometric proto-elements, which in the course of their processing continually threaten to disappear, but also as pictorial anchors, sturdily affixed to the original material. In between: anamorphoses of that which is withdrawing, as it should.

(Christian Höller)

Translation: Lisa Rosenblatt

Orig. Title
Vanishing Points
8 min 30 sec
Nana Swiczinsky
Orig. Language
No Dialogue
Nana Swiczinsky
Concept & Realization
Nana Swiczinsky
Andi Haller
Nana Swiczinsky
Nana Swiczinsky
Supported by
BKA. Kunst
Available Formats
35 mm (Distribution Copy)
Aspect Ratio
Sound Format
Dolby stereo
Frame Rate
24 fps
Festivals (Selection)
Trebon - AniFest - Animation Film Festival
Leipzig - Dok Leipzig - Int. Festival für Dok.- u. Animationsfilm
Madrid - Semana de Cine Experimental
La Rochelle Int. Filmfestival
Ljubiljana Animateka - Int. Animation Film Festival
Graz - Diagonale, Festival des österreichischen Films
Denver - TIE Int. Experimental Cinema Exposition
Weimar - back-up festival. new media in film
Edinburgh - Kill your timid notion
Manchester Int. Short Film & Video Festival
Nashville Film Festival
Istanbul - Int. Short Film Festival
Vilnius - Tindirindis International Animated Film Festival
Ottawa - Animation Film Festival
Osnabrück - EMAF - European Media Art Festival