GLAS Animation Festival 

Thursday, March 2 - Sunday, March 5, 2017
11 am to 5 pm, Free and open to the public

GLAS Animation Festival includes a complete short film competition program as well as retrospectives, special curated programs, Q&As, behind the scene screenings and panels, animation installations and more. Berkeley Art Center will be hosting a pop-up exhibition of animation art installations by Chinese filmmaker Lei Lei and NY based artist Peter Burr.
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Peter Burr is an artist from Brooklyn, NY, USA specializing in animation and installation. His work has been presented at venues across the world including Le Centre Pompidou, Paris; Reina Sofia National Museum, Madrid; and MoMA PS1, New York. His recent work explores the concept of an endlessly mutating death labyrinth and is being expanded into a video game through the support of Creative Capital and Sundance. Previously, he worked under the alias Hooliganship and in 2006 founded the video label Cartune Xprez, through which he produced live multimedia exhibitions showcasing artists working in experimental animation. The festival features a retrospective of Peter's works as well as his installation, Pattern Language

Lei Lei is a master of style and one of the most exciting young Chinese animators working today. Bold and elegant at the same time, his animations follow characters as they navigate his angled landscapes of bright colors and shifting shapes, each film a kaleidoscope of found imagery, vintage book covers, and imagined worlds. Also a musician, Lei Lei’s beats and melodies are a distinctive component of his animated universe. His award-winning work has shown in top animation festivals throughout the world, and this retrospective screening will show the growth of his prolific animation practice. 

Lei Lei’s father’s book, Book Cover Collection in the West,  was published in 1988 when China's leaders launched their great Reform and opened up to embrace the world. Many leading concepts of book cover design were introduced in this book which had an eye-opening influence on the younger generation of Chinese designers. Since May 2013, Lei Lei has been collecting, cutting out and collaging book cover prints from the Book Cover Collection in the West back on to secondhand books that he acquired over the years.