International Experimental Animation Exhibition and Forum, Sichuan Fine Arts Institute Chongqing, China, 18th Oct – 1st Nov 2106
This series of events sought to question the ontology of animation with a series of speakers and artists showing work that troubled at the edges of animation as a practice.
Day 1. Forum Opening. Presentations:
Welcome speeches by Jie Zhang , Vice-president of Sichuan Fine Arts Institute, Chuan Li , Director of the New Media Department and Tingting Lu, director of the Forum.
Tianran Duan “The Principle Concept of Animation” drew parallels between the post-modern collapse of meaning in philosophy and our current understanding of animation.
Gerben Schermer “Holland Animation Film Festival on the Cutting Edge”talked about the curatorial policy of the festival and showed the film Recycled by Lei Lei and Thomas Sauvin
Jian Liu reflected on experimental practice in animation and warned against over theorising practice.
Birgitta Hosea “Involuntary Animation” explored involuntary mark-making and chance procedures in animation with reference to Iimura Takahiko’s Circle and Square (1982), John Cage’s Music of Changes (1951), Vicky Smith’s 33 Frames Per Feet (2013) and Noisy, Licking, Dribbling and Spitting (2014) and finally her own work Time Channel (2014).
Xi Chen “Time and Poetry in Animation”
Yuxiao Yi “Rational Technique and Image Ethic” discussed post-disciplinary, post-hums work and the extension of sensation
Yves Nougzarede talked about “Annecy and Experimental Animation” with examples of films by Paul Bush and Susan Young and thoughts about the curatorial policy behind the experimental category
Lei Lei “Tidy Up Old Things and Image of Animation” presented some his latest works in which he uses re-animation techniques to interrogate archival collections of photographs
Sheila Sofia “Animated Documentary”discussed creative challenges in using animation for documentary purposes and considers whether animation might be more truthful or perhaps more manipulative than live action.
Tingting Lu’s closing speech argued for a dematerialisation of the concepts behind animation, for animation as an adjective or adverb instead of a verb or a noun, for anti-animation, for post-animation.
Sheila Sofia presents her latest film, Truth Has Fallen, and the context behind it
Birgitta Hosea presents an overview of her work in animation and performance
Organiser Tingting Lu, her assistant Juncheng Li, Birgitta Hosea and Sheila Sofian
Exhibition Opening in the New Media Art Centre
Featuring work by artists including: Birgitta Hosea.
Lots of lovely food was eaten, particularly the local hot pot!
Meeting up with former students Dandan Wang and Lai Wei, Sheila Sofia and translator Bao Li
Birgitta Hosea also ran a workshop on Emotional and Physical Mark-making, which used techniques from contemporary dance and method acting to challenge students’ habitual drawing methods