On Friday the 13th of June I attended the Canary Wharf Screen project which is part of TFL’s ‘Art on the Underground’ programme and this year it was screened at one of the busiest tube stations. This screening showed different types of film projects but the one I attended was called Season 2: Animate project. A massive screen has been rigged at the end of Canary Wharf Underground Station where animation films can be viewed. I found the place incredible because you can still hear the trains passing by and the announcers calling at the same time as the audio from the films. The only disadvantage about the location is that it is at the end of the ticket hall, where one must go through the ticket area to view the screen.
They have screened around 16 five to ten minutes of different kinds of animation films. These films were inspired by travelling and the theme of ‘move on up’ – fitting for the train station location. All the animations used audio, some of them were music, others included interviews. For example, the Early Birds which was 5.17 min, was talking about one’s memories but in the contrast of birds.
My favourite one was ‘As the Crow Flies’ by Carolina Melis & Susanne Flender, a 5.20min film. This was my favourite film because of the type of animation it used. I have since done some background research and discovered that it was created by 500 members of the public from around the UK. It started with a simple image of a bird created from memories and it ended in a great piece of animation.
This animate project will be running until the 26th of August in Canary Wharf underground station.