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the animate! book: rethinking animation


edited by Benjamin Cook and Gary Thomas

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animate! is a groundbreaking commissioning project established by Arts Council England and Channel 4 to support risk taking and experimental animation works for television. Exploding the traditional preconceptions of what animation is and could be, animate! exists to break down barriers and challenge expectations. The animate! book explores the vibrant discourses round the project, taking it as a jumping off point for a wide ranging exploration of the relationship between art and animation and the place of animation and its concepts in contemporary art practice.


Animation = A Multiplication of Artforms? by Edwin Carels

Build It and They Will Come: animate! and the Extended Imagination Gareth Evans, with Dick Arnall

Occupation: Animation and the Visual Arts by Ian White

Curating The Animators by Angela Kingston



Artist interviews by Mike Sperlinger with AL + AL, Paul Bush, Ann Course, Inger Lise Hansen, Jonathan Hodgson, Tim Hope, Ruth Lingford, Tim Macmillan


Includes a DVD of 10 films commissioned by animate!

That's Nothin'/Cowboys Phil Mulloy (1991)

Soho Square Mario Carvalli (1992)

Biogenesis William Latham (1993)

What She Wants Ruth Lingford (1994)

Feeling My Way Jonathan Hodgson (1997)

Withdrawal George Barber (1997)

Ferment Tim Macmillan (1999)

Love is All Olivier Harrison (1999)

Rotting Artist Ann Course & Paul Clark (2002)

Perpetual Motion in the Land of Milk and Honey AL + AL (2004)

DVD: PAL, region 0

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SKU 9780954856922
Subtitle rethinking animation
Publisher(s) LUX
Editor(s) Cook, Benjamin; Thomas, Gary
Format Paperback
Original publication date 27 Nov 2006
Number of pages 250 pages incl illustrations
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