Ecstatic Truth VII: Decolonising Animation

 09:30 – 19:00 (GMT), 18 May 2023 

 UCA Farnham Campus, Room RG21, Falkner Road, Farnham, Surrey, GU9 7DS

Ecstatic Truth is an annual symposium on animated documentary that takes place in a different country every year. We are interested in what animators and artists have to say about the work they make. This year, in conjunction with the Animation programme, it’s coming to Farnham! We have a different topic every year and this year’s theme is decolonisation. 

What is decolonisation? In a nutshell, it is the idea that it might be possible to ‘unplug from the Matrix’ and find new ways to learn, think and act that are not imposed by dominant power structures. 

How does that apply to animation? Our speakers will look at issues such as how to work collaboratively to tell stories of conflict or underrepresented peoples, how to counter bias in technology and whether animation can be used to express the voice and culture of indigenous peoples. There will be a range of approaches to making animation shown – from traditional drawn animation to the use of VR, AR, game engines, data and motion capture. 

For more info about the schedule and to book:

Farnham is a short train ride of one hour from London. Although there will be industrial action on the rail network 15-20th May, SW Rail trains should have no cancellations, although there may be minor delays.

To view a live streamed webcast on Thurs 18th May – click here
DISCLAIMER: this live streaming is being offered for free in the interest of sharing knowledge. The symposium organisers cannot offer any technical support. You should not have to log in to Panopto or UCA to view the video feed. If you are external to the UCA network and not logged in then comments will be disabled. If the link does not work for you, please try another browser or your phone. The symposium is also being recorded and this will be made available after the event.

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