On Tuesday 18th of March the Master of Animation at AKV St. Joost will host the edition of E Cinema Academy. In STRANGER THAN FICTION, we will look at how technology changes our view on animation.
Animation has become more and more pervasive in contemporary image culture. Technology has played a big part in this development, particularly digitalization. New technology also makes us look differently at history: animation has usually been understood as a subset of film, but now with animation and special effects taking over, some argue film has become a subset of animation. TinTin, a feature film relying on motion capture for the creation of its characters, sparked an interesting debate at the Oscars about where to draw the line between live-action and animation. So technology makes us review the boundaries, or even the essence of what we think is animation.
In dialogue with the EYE archive we will look at the past and present of the animation practice.
Floris Kaayk (former student at AKV St. Joost) will talk about his project ‘Human Birdwings‘ and how the internet has brought about new opportunities for storytelling. This project made use of the Xsens motion capture technology AKV St. Joost has available for the students. Floris will also look back at how technology has changed during his artistic career. Jeroen Koffeman, currently a student at the Master of Animation, will demonstrate motion capture connected to a project he has worked on and will explain a little bit about the working process.
In the film program that follows we show ‘At One View’ (1989), a classic experimental film by Paul & Menno de Nooijer in which they discuss photography as an art form and its relation to film and painting.
‘Pas de Deux’ (1968), a film by Norman McLaren, is coupled with a project from the master, called ‘Infusion’, made by former students Laura Dumitru and Setareh Goodarzi. McLaren worked with an optical printer to animate the movements of a dancer; Laura and Setareh used MoCap and After Effects.
Finally Disney’s ‘Alice’s Day at Sea’ (1924) makes us aware that some ideas never change, and that even what all the technical changes animation is always going to be about its unlimited potential to visually represent scenarios that have little or no relation to our experience of the ‘real’ world. In this film we follow Alice diving from the real world into an animated world. To top it of you as a visitor can plunge into the virtual worlds of the Oculus Rift, a new VR technology, which is set up at the end of the program for you to try out.
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Program curated and presented by Sarah Lugthart, teacher of mediatheory and coaching research projects at art academy St. Joost.
Text and image selection by Sarah Lugthart.
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