26th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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Flare Up

Flare Up

director: Radek Pilař
original title: Flare Up
country: Czech Republic
year: 1991
running time: 4 min.


A follow-up video to Pilař’s programme works of destructive animation which started in the 1960s. In Flare Up, plastic cones and toys are subject to destruction, but it is again a revision of his previous work with a new video technology. Pilař electronically embedded his original film There is a Doll Living in the Apple Tree (1984) into his assemblages and supplemented it with computer animation by Martin Hřebačka.


Radek Pilař (1931–1993) was one of the leading pioneers of video art in Czechoslovakia in the 1980s. Lying at the intersection of animation, video, and applied forms, his work was inspired by visual expressionism, pop art, and post-war avant-garde film.

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director: Radek Pilař
Ministerstvo kultury
Fond kinematografie
Město Jihlava
Kraj Vysočina
Česká televize
Český rozhlas
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