February 2010

July 2003

IBY-JOLANDE VARGA

"I was born into a family of artists and writers – painters, sculptors, poets, playwrights. When, however, I came to discover an art form for myself it was music. It became my own world. I went on to study piano at the Vienna University of Music. Nevertheless, the pictorial arts remained a natural way for me to express myself, just as if they were my mother tongue. So after my music studies, I decided to combine these two worlds using animation. Ever since then I have been making animation films.

Making animation films today is part of a whole range of multimedia disciplines I am involved in. I do web design, video films, mainly of musicians, Flash animation and -programming; I design exhibitions and do artwork for print, both for official and private commissions. Here again, I work mainly for people and organisations involved with music and the music business. I am member of several creative teams, like The Amplifyers (contemporary composers’ portraits) und Music Adventure Factory (computer games)."

BIOGRAPHICAL NOTES
   Background and Childhood
   Music Studies
   Animation Film
   Video, Webdesign and Multimedia
   Working for the University of Music, Vienna
   Music&Media & Haus der Musik Projects
   Prizes & Awards
   News
FILMOGRAPHY ANIMATION FILMS – until 2007
ANIMATION FILM & MULTIMEDIA – Projects

DEUTSCH
BIOGRAPHICAL NOTES
BACKGROUND AND CHILDHOOD
1961
Iby-Jolande Varga was born in Vienna, Austria in 1961.
She grew up surrounded by fine arts in her family’s ateliers and workshops (workshops of graphic artists, painters, sculptors, goldsmiths, ceramics), and acquired a wide range of artistic techniques and crafts. She worked from her early youth in the family workshop and for many exhibitions in Austria and abroad.
Her piano studies began when she was nine.
She attended the Rudolf-Steiner-Schule Vienna (Mauer), Matura (exc.) 1979.

• STATEMENT ZUR KINDHEIT (German)

DIE BUNTEN SACHEN COLOURFUL THINGS ISBN: 978-3-9502873-1-8
Animated video improvisation (1998) and CD-Rom (2001), combined on a DVD-Rom (2010). With 2000 pictures - drawings, objects, books; animatons, games, texts from the first 20 years of Iby-Jolande Varga

at the age of 4, from a series of photographs by Alfred Götz, 1966
MUSIC STUDIES

playing the piano…
1981-1985
From 1981-1985 Iby-Jolande Varga studied piano and piano teaching at the University of Music in Vienna, with the professors Manfred Wagner-Artzt and Harald Ossberger. Her further musical education was focussed on contemporary music (e.g. 1985 International Bartók Seminar Szombathely, Vienna Days of Contemporary Piano Music 1993 – focus: John Cage and 1994 focus: George Crumb, and, more recently Piano Music Notation of the 20th Century, with Carol Morgan in 2010).
She held seminars on music and studied media theory at the Music University (with the professors Gottfried Kraus, Maximilian Blumencron, 1986/87), part of this were radio shows in Ö1.

• STATEMENT ZUM MUSIKSTUDIUM (German)
1984
EXHIBITION IN THE FORM OF A CLASSICAL SONATA
Her four large typographic paintings were exhibited at the entrance hall of the Vienna Music University. Zoom and explore.
ANIMATION FILM
Since 1987 – Animation film


in the animation film studio
Since 1987 she has concentrated on filmmaking. In 1987 she took part in a five-day animation workshop at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna, which was held by Hubert Sielecki. She continued from there as a self-taught filmmaker. Her aim was to develop a very personal film language, which should reflect her specific background in arts and music.
Since 1987 – Studio
Since 1987 Iby-Jolande Varga was continuously building up her own animation film studio with 16mm and digital cameras: She started with a super8-camera with the possibilities of single frame filming and of making manual adjustments. Shortly after that she worked with a wonderful Arriflex ST 16mm camera with a set of 5 objectives and a single frame generator, which was specially built for her. She has produced 5 animation films with this camera: NEW CRYSTALS and TOWARDS THE OCEAN 1990, LITTLE SCULPTURE GARDEN 1995, SPELLS 1997, SOAP BUBBLE OPERA 1999.

Since about 2002 it is possible to make animation films with sequences of photos, shot with a digital still image camera. They can potentially be printed on 35mm film (2K resolution). Before that the technical systems and hard discs were not really powerful enough for this workflow. The first film produced with this technology was LOOPS 2007.

The digital format was inspiring to use those picture sequences also in multimedia-projects, specially in interactive productions. KLANGGÄRTEN 2013 (SOUND GARDENS) is an interactive stop motion film, with a short film version (2015).
since 2007
Member of ASIFA Austria, Association International du Film d’Animation
www.asifa.at

• STATEMENT ZUR BERUFSWAHL
(German)
• STATEMENT ZUM ANIMATIONSFILM (German)
• STATEMENT ZUR TECHNIK (German)

FILMOGRAPHY >>>
VIDEO, WEBDESIGN AND MULTIMEDIA
Since 1999

filming for videos of musicians


April 2011
Since 1999 Iby-Jolande Varga has done video, web design and multimedia, working mainly for musicians. She has cooperated in large music and media projects. Her film studio has been extended with multimedia workstations and peripherals.
• STATEMENT ZU MULTIMEDIA (German)

Own projects and commissioned projects

Without work for the Music University and without Special Music Presentation projects


Websites – Own Projects:
Legend: D=Development G=Graphics M=Maintenance
  • since 2000 design and continuous development of an own website,
  • since 2002 under the address www.filmkunst.at
  • practical information around web design, multimedia development, DVD authoring and video production, illustrated with many examples is to be found in the filmkunst-studio
  • since 2000 artists' portraits from the family, Angela Varga, Ida Varga-Móricz and Keramik Varga (the family ceramics studio), Feri Varga, Peter King, Clive Sheppard. These websites are to be found since a few years at www.kunstschau.at
  • since 2003 website D, G, M for the Music Adventure Factory www.musicadventurefactory.com
  • since 2006 collection and D, G, M of several domains for special projects and little web portals:
    www.musiktheorien.at
    www.musikspiele.at
    www.animationsfilme.at

Websites – commissioned:
Legend: D=Development G=Graphics M=Maintenance
  • since 2002 website D, G, M as well as print design (folders, posters), video documentations and DVD-authoring for the Vienna International Pianists www.pianists.at
  • since 2002 website D, G, M and photography for the Klavier-Atelier,
    Mag. Gert Hecher www.hecherpiano.com
  • 2002–2004 website D, G, M for the Stadtinitiative Wien concerts
  • 2002–2011 website D, G, M for the Märchenbühne Der Apfelbaum
  • 2003 website D, G, M, logo and print design Legasthenie Dyskalkulie Praxis Mag. Christine Wytrzens www.legastheniepraxis.at
  • since 2008 website D, G, M for Wienführungen with Cornelia Madl www.wienfuehrungen.at
Multimedia – own projects:
Development, design, animation and programming, DVD authoring
  • Die bunten Sachen, Colourful Things DVD-Rom with video 2010
    ISBN: 978-3-9502873-1-8 with 2000 pictures – drawings, objects, little books, animations, games, texts from the first 20 years if Iby-Jolande Varga
  • Iby-Jolande Varga, Animation Films Video-DVD with DVD-Rom part 2010
    ISBN: 978-3-9502873-0-1 with all animation films, many specials, making-of documentations and interactive DVD-Rom part „Virtual Sound Sculptures 2000”, comes with a booklet.
  • Klanggärten Sound Gardens Video-DVD with DVD-Rom part 2013
    ISBN 978-3-9502873-2-5 with an early longer version of the film and a DVD-Rom part with the interactive animation film as the original game (produced with the support by Haus der Musik, Vienna)


WORK FOR THE UNIVERSITY OF MUSIC AND PERFORMING ARTS VIENNA
Already during her student time and regularly since 1990 she has worked at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna (Institute for Music Analysis, Phonothek), first as a member of staff then as a freelancer. At present she is responsible for web and multimedia developmen for special projectst, exhibition design and project presentations. Here are some productions in chronological order:

HEINRICH SCHENKER Projects
Project lead Univ.Prof. Dr. Martin Eybl
exil.arte
M.A.E.D. project lead Univ.Prof. Dr. Gerold W. Gruber
since 2016 exil.arte Centre
www.exilarte.at
  • since 2007. Logo and website development, design and maintenance,
    including the editing of photos, music and video for publishing.
  • since 2008 print design for exil.arte events, invitations, posters, programme folders, brochures.
  • 2009 BOHUSLAV MARTINU-JUBILEE – Martinu Revisited
    Programme brochure / book and posters – complete design
  • 2010 exil.arte database presentation
    DVD-authoring and Flash-online-special
  • 2011 GUSTAV-MAHLER-JUBILEE
    Poster and programme brochure for the Symposium at the Konzerthaus VIenna
  • 2012 Re-design of the website
  • 2013/2014 Video film documentation at concerts, as with Jeremy Schonfeld; since 2016 concert series at the ORF RadioCafé
  • 2016 filmmusik.exilarte.at with interactive information graphics, drawn portraits of the composers, and an intro-video, with an original score composed by Stephen Ferguson as a musical style history in 6 miniatures:


ACCENTUS MUSICALIS
Bilateral EU-project (Austria – Slovakia) on Ancient Music
M.A.E.D. project lead Univ.Prof. Dr. Gerold W. Gruber
www.accentusmusicalis.eu
  • 2010 logo and website development, design and maintenance, including the editing of photos, music and video for publishing
  • 2010–2012 Documentation of all event-blocks with photo and HD-video:
    • Nov. 2010 pilot events (project presentation at Haus der Musik, Vienna, concert, St. Peter's Church Vienna)
    • March 2011 Workshops with focus on wind instruments, with 2 concerts (Dolná Krupa castle, Trnava, SK)
    • March 2011 Workshops with focus on keyboard instruments, with concert (Joseph Haydn Conservatory, Esterházy castle, Eisenstadt, Burgenland A)
    • April 2011 Workshops with focus on string instruments, with 2 concerts (Schloss Hof castle, Lower Austria)
    • March 2012 Music theory and peformance workshops as well as children's workshops with 2 concerts (VSMU Bratislava, SK)
    • April 2012 Symposium Vienna, Music University, concert at Altes Rathaus
  • 2011 Photo documentation of the workshops and Interactive terminal (video-DVD) for the Accentus Musicalis travelling exhibition, e.g. shown at Haus der Musik Vienna, November 2011
  • 2012 Video editing and DVD-authoring (published 2013)
    • 7 hours of HD-video documentation, 10 workshops and 9 concerts
    • 4 DVDs, edition with the video films, all of the pictures and information from the exhibition, around 50 screens/menues per language version (de/sk), slideshows with edited music
    • Booklet with 28 pages
  • Long Trailer with 19 video miniatures from all productions


further productions for the Music University Vienna
The following two websites went offline 2013 / 2014 due to the Corporate Design rules of the University.
But you can still find a selection of screenshots here:
MUSIC PRESENTATION

MUSIC PRESENTATION – Projects until about 2006
RECENT MUSIC & MEDIA PROJECTS
Projekt Partiturfilm The Score Film Project
A project by Iby-Jolande Varga
In development since 1992, Theodor Körner-Prize 1994
Information about the Score Film Project aAmplify Austrian Art Music Productions Online
A project by Stephen Ferguson, initiated in 2000
www.amplify.at
  • Multimedia elemnts: Internet radio, video-webclips, zoomable autographs, scores and handwritings, slideshows, albums and photo series
  • Video documentation for all together 16 Austrian contemporary composers (2000–2004 / 2010)
    • 2000 Bertl Mütter (the other composers in 2000, Thomas Heinisch, Angela Berann, Thomas Dézsy, Rupert Huber, Yuki Morimoto, Martin Siewert, Robert Wildling were the first composers on aAmplify, before the video documentations began)
    • 2001 Clemens Gadenstätter, Johannes Maria Staud, Karlheinz Essl, Wolfgang Suppan, Johanna Doderer, Alexander Stankovski
    • 2002 Olga Neuwirth, Simeon Pironkoff, Wolfgang Mitterer, Christian Utz, Elisabeth Schimana, Katharina Klement, Nancy van de Vate
  • Exhibition „aAmplify – 23 Austrian Contemporary Composers” at Haus der Musik Vienna (2009-2010), about 40 panels, 2 interactive terminals (audio station and offline-website)
  • aAmplify Film documentation, 60 minutes, with 15 composers' portraits, 4 min. each (2014)
Interactive Animation and Sound Games
since 2000, projects by Iby-Jolande Varga, see also
www.musikspiele.at MUSICOSMICA – Journey to the Universe of Music
SInce 1997 animation film and multimedia project by Iby-Jolande Varga
About Musicosmcia
  • First ideas 1997 as „A Little Cosmology of Music”
  • 2000 Flash game around the background story, to be played in the TreeHouseCinema
  • Development of a story for an animation film, working title MUSICOSMOLOGIA, finished in 2012
  • around 200 objects were created 2009–2013 partly to tell the story but also as visualisations in the context of music theory
  • 2013 finalised pre-production including scoring in advance by Stephen Ferguson and test animations
  • Started the animation filming and production 2014
MUSIC ADVENTURE FACTORY
Since 2000 – Gabriele Eder-Lindinger, Morten Solvik, Iby-Jolande Varga
Team for the development of artistic and didactic interactive music projects
www.musicadventurefactory.com
  • Since 2002 development of projects, mainly for the CARNIVAL OF THE ANIMALS after Camille Saint-Saëns, in collaboration with Iby-Jolande Varga (objects, animation, programming, design of a picture book, exhibition at Haus der Musik in 2008)
GUSTAV MAHLER IN STEINBACH AM ATTERSEE
Since 2016

  • A new design for the permanent exhibition in the first composing hut of Gustav Mahler in Steinbach am Attersee. With Morten Solvik (curator, conception, texts), Gretl Satorius (concept and redaction) und Leah Batstone (permissions), opened at a new 3-day Gustav Mahler Festival.
    More and Impressions on the News page

Projects for HAUS DER MUSIK Vienna
Since 2008
Special: Max Steiner Award – design of the Trophy
SInce 2009 (new deisgn in 2015) awarded every year at the Gala Hollywood in Vienna to famous international film composers, more information, making-of, and photos on the news page
  • So far awarded to John Barry (2009), Howard Shore (2010), Alan Silvestri (2011), Lalo Schifrin (2012),
    James Horner (2013), Randy Newman (2014), James Newton Howard (2015), Alexandre Desplat (2016)
PRIZES & AWARDS

1988 First Austrian Youth Prize
1993 Grant (scholarship for film artists running time: one year) from the Ministry of Arts
1994 Theodor Körner Prize for Arts and Science
2000 Honorable Mention at the Austrian Film Prizes BKA

NEWS
You can find news, like festival participations, project presentations and film screenings at the
FILMKUNST-ONLINE-PINBOARD
and more detailed information directly in the
MAIN CHAPTERS
of this website.

Documentation of ongoing artistic work and exhibitions:
ONLINE-PRODUCTION DIARIES

FILMOGRAPHY - ANIMATION FILMS
Production 1988 - 1990:
NEUE KRISTALLE | NEW CRYSTALS
Animation film in two parts, part 2: TOWARDS THE OCEAN
A 1990, 16mm, colour, 5’15” LAVA ERUPTION RIGIDITY CRYSTALS
Animated pop-up book with painted animation sequences.
With PIANO MUSIC by Stephen Ferguson.
HIN ZUM OZEAN | TOWARDS THE OCEAN
Animation film in two parts, part 1: NEW CRYSTALS
A 1990, 16mm, colour, 6’35”
QUELLE BACH STAU FALL GISCHT SEE STROM OZEAN
40 animated puzzles. With PIANO MUSIC by Stephen Ferguson.
(Both) First Austrian Youth Prize for the project,
produced with a grant by the Ministry of Arts BMUK.
Premiere: 1990 Österreichische Film Tage Wels
Production 1991 - 1995:
KLEINER SKULPTUREN GARTEN | LITTLE SCULPTURE GARDEN
A 1995, 16mm, colour, 10’15”
The garden is made up of 10 three-dimensional animated sculptures.
With music composed by Stephen Ferguson.
Produced with a scholarship for filmmakers by the Ministry of Arts BMUK.
Premiere: 1996, Paris, Centre Pompidou
Production 1994 - 1997:
ZAUBERSPRÜCHE | SPELLS
A 1997, 16mm, colour, 10’30”
Animation film, part of the PROJECT SCORE FILM, developed for composers. The film SPELLS is based on the a capella choir composition by Heinz Kratochwil and on his autographs. I MERSEBURGER, II FAIRY TALES, III WASHING POWDER ADVERTISING SLOGANS. Sounddesign by Stephen Ferguson.
Theodor Körner Prize 1994 for the project and for the film,
produced with a grant by the Ministry of Science and Arts. BM:WFK
Premiere Part I: 1995, Albertina Vienna
Premiere: 1997, University of Music and Performing Arts, Vienna

Production 1996 - 2000:

SOAP BUBBLE OPERA
A 1999, 16mm, colour, 23’
Animation film, created out of a huge collection of junk mail and advertising flyers, price tags, objects from consumer culture, self-made objects and 180 drawings. In III acts. With music composed by Stephen Ferguson

INTERVIEW WITH IBY-JOLANDE VARGA
At the occasion of the premiere
of the film at the DIAGONALE in Graz 2000 (German)
Honorable mention at the National Film Prize of the Federal Chancellery, Austria, 2000
Premiere: 2000, Graz, Diagonale
Production 1998 - 2006:
LOOPS
∞ + 1 = ∞
A 2007, HighRes(2K) digital, colour, 10’
Animation film, 5 kinetic triptychs reflecting on life at the turn of the millennium: BIG BANG – RECYCLING CITY – WINDOW SHOPPING – VIRTUAL PETS – CHANNEL HOPPING. Music composed and performed by Stephen Ferguson.
Produced with a grant of the City of Vienna Cultural Office
Premiere at the International Media Art Festival, Osnabrück
Premiere, screenings and festival news

Iby-Jolande Varga’s films have been shown in Vienna and all over the world, at festivals, at exhibitions with of objects from the films and in private shows.


DVD: IBY-JOLANDE VARGA, ANIMATION FILMS


ANIMATION FILM & MULTIMEDIA PROJECTS since 2007
Production 2006 - 2013 | 2015:
KLANGGÄRTEN | SOUND GARDENS
Interactive animation film for MAC | PC
film version HD 4'35"
based on the musical mobile 7x7 by Karlheinz Essl
from the Project Score Film

Production 2010-2011:
NAMADEUS Mozarts klingendes Buchstabenspiel KV 516f | Name Game
Interactive terminal with animation (playing with the letters of Mozart's many names). ca. 2 min (loop)
Project commissioned by Haus der Musik Vienna
From the Project Score Film
in progress since 1997  
MUSICOSMICA – Reise ins musikalische Universum
Multimedia and animation film project, based on about 200 objects, visualising musical and theoretical contexts.
With 5 journeys CHAOS, ORDER, RHYTHMS, SOUNDS, MELODY.
The length at present is 25 min.
Music composed and performed by: Stephen Ferguson
Status: The film is finished, at present scoring is in progress.

…work in progress
in progress since 2003  
KARNEVAL DER TIERE | THE CARNIVAL OF THE ANIMALS
After Camille Saint-Saëns. Project with objects, picture book, interactive didactic concept (together with Music Adventure Factory) and animation film
The length of the animation film will presumably be 30–40 min
Music: Camille Saint-Saëns
Status: The pre-production of objects, picture book, conception and script are finished.

…work in progress
in development (among others)  
URBAN DIARIES – URBANE TAGEBÜCHER
Animation film with innovative animation techniques with the chapters AUTOMATA, MOBILE, CATWALKERS, NATURE TOYS, CYBERSCAPE
The length will presumably be 10–12 min
Music: Stephen Ferguson
Status: conception finished, started to create the objects

…work in progress
   
 

Roses for Soap Bubble Opera