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Juergen Hagler

Language: English

Ars Electronica – Expanded Animation


Animation has become a pervasive element in contemporary moving image culture and in our daily lives, at times visibly recognizable as a simulation and at others almost indistinguishable from real-world content. Since the digital shift, the manifestations of animation have expanded and the definitions have become unstable. Meanwhile, moving pictures created with computer technology constitute a very diverse spectrum, particularly in hybrid forms, and are products of highly interdisciplinary collaborative activities of individuals from the worlds of industry, research, art, and science. Over the last 40 years, the media festival Ars Electronica has tackled this issue and discussed animation in the context of media arts. Based on the Symposium Expanded Animation (since 2013) and on the prix category Computer Animation at Ars Electronica (since 1987) the presentation will spotlight the unlimited field on the fringes of computer animation and the developments beyond the purview of conventional animated filmmaking—not necessarily positions in opposition to what’s come before; more like innovative and experimental ways to move pictures in new directions. Among them, we can recognize reflexive encounters that resemble what went on in film and media arts beginning in the 1970s and ‘80s manifold developments subsumed under the term “expanded cinema”.