Re-defining Animation / by Anna Madeleine

I recently presented my first conference paper at the 'Re-defining Animation' conference run by the Society of Animation Studies (SAS) at the University of Southern California's School of Cinematic Arts, which I attended with two other animators from COFA. There is a great review of the conference by Tunde Vollenbroek online here.  

Topics covered ranged from historic animation devices and optical toys, to re-inventing character and landscape,  and gender and race in animation and media, to animated documentary, gaming, data-visualisation, projection mapping, neuro-science and robots.

Some highlights, for me, were:

Dustin Grella's beautiful hand-drawn stop-motion animations. Give him a call on the animation hotline.

Davide Quayola's  fascinating time-based digital sculptures and immersive audiovisual installations and performances, including a collaboration with Memo Akten for the 2012 London Olympics:

David Hanson's very cool but also quite scary robot of Philip K. Dick.