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Edited by Vicky Smith and Nicky Hamlyn

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This book discusses developments and continuities in experimental animation that, since Robert Russet and Cecile Starr’s Experimental Animation: Origins of a New Art (1976), has proliferated in the context of expanded cinema, performance and live ‘making’ and is today exhibited in galleries, public sites and online. With reference to historical, critical, phenomenological and inter-disciplinary approaches, international researchers offer new and diverse methodologies for thinking through these myriad animation practices.

This volume addresses fundamental questions of form, such as drawing and the line, but also broadens out to encompass topics such as  the inter-medial, post-humanism, the real, fakeness and fabrication, causation, new forms of synthetic space, ecology, critical re-workings of cartoons, and process as narrative. This book will appeal to cross and inter-disciplinary researchers, animation practitioners, scholars, teachers and students from Fine Art, Film and Media Studies, Philosophy and Aesthetics.

Table of contents

Introduction - Smith, Vicky (et al.)
Lines and Interruptions in Experimental Film and Video - Payne, Simon
Performing the Margins of the New - Bruyn, Dirk
Twenty-First Century Flicker: Jodie Mack, Benedict Drew and Sebastian Buerkner - Dicker, Barnaby
Experimental Time-Lapse Animation and the Manifestation of Change and Agency in Objects - Smith, Vicky
Analogon: Of a World Already Animated - Cubitt, Sean
Emptiness Is Not ‘Nothing’: Space and Experimental 3D CGI Animation - Jukes, Alex
Inanimation: The Film Loop Performances of Bruce McClure - Hamlyn, Nicky
Re-splitting, De-synchronizing, Re-animating: (E)motion, Neo-spectacle and Innocence in the Film Works of John Stezaker - Wells, Paul
Cut to Cute: Fact, Form, and Feeling in Digital Animation - Gosse, Johanna
The Animated Female Body, Feminism(s) and ‘Mushi’ - Buchan, Suzanne
“Coming to Life” and Intermediality in the Tableaux Vivants in Magic Mirror (Pucill, 2013) and Confessions to the Mirror (Pucill, 2016) - Pucill, Sarah
Siting Animation: The Affect of Place - Hosea, Birgitta

About the Editors

Vicky Smith is a lecturer at the University for the Creative Arts, UK. Her experimental animation practice of 30 years has screened internationally in cinemas, galleries and on C4TV. She has published in Animation: an Interdisciplinary Journal and Sequence


Nicky Hamlyn is Professor of Experimental Film at the University for the Creative Arts and a lecturer at the Royal College of Art, UK. He is the author of Film Art Phenomena (2003) and co-editor of and contributor to Kurt Kren: Structural Films (2016). His film and video work is available on three DVD compilations from LUX, RGB and Film Gallery, Paris. 

This book discusses developments and continuities in experimental animation that, since Robert Russet and Cecile Starr’s Experimental Animation: Origins of a New Art (1976), has proliferated in the context of expanded cinema, performance and live ‘making’ and is today exhibited in galleries, public sites and online. With reference to historical, critical, phenomenological and inter-disciplinary approaches, international researchers offer new and diverse methodologies for thinking through these myriad animation practices.

This volume addresses fundamental questions of form, such as drawing and the line, but also broadens out to encompass topics such as  the inter-medial, post-humanism, the real, fakeness and fabrication, causation, new forms of synthetic space, ecology, critical re-workings of cartoons, and process as narrative. This book will appeal to cross and inter-disciplinary researchers, animation practitioners, scholars, teachers and students from Fine Art, Film and Media Studies, Philosophy and Aesthetics.

Table of contents

Introduction - Smith, Vicky (et al.)
Lines and Interruptions in Experimental Film and Video - Payne, Simon
Performing the Margins of the New - Bruyn, Dirk
Twenty-First Century Flicker: Jodie Mack, Benedict Drew and Sebastian Buerkner - Dicker, Barnaby
Experimental Time-Lapse Animation and the Manifestation of Change and Agency in Objects - Smith, Vicky
Analogon: Of a World Already Animated - Cubitt, Sean
Emptiness Is Not ‘Nothing’: Space and Experimental 3D CGI Animation - Jukes, Alex
Inanimation: The Film Loop Performances of Bruce McClure - Hamlyn, Nicky
Re-splitting, De-synchronizing, Re-animating: (E)motion, Neo-spectacle and Innocence in the Film Works of John Stezaker - Wells, Paul
Cut to Cute: Fact, Form, and Feeling in Digital Animation - Gosse, Johanna
The Animated Female Body, Feminism(s) and ‘Mushi’ - Buchan, Suzanne
“Coming to Life” and Intermediality in the Tableaux Vivants in Magic Mirror (Pucill, 2013) and Confessions to the Mirror (Pucill, 2016) - Pucill, Sarah
Siting Animation: The Affect of Place - Hosea, Birgitta

About the Editors

Vicky Smith is a lecturer at the University for the Creative Arts, UK. Her experimental animation practice of 30 years has screened internationally in cinemas, galleries and on C4TV. She has published in Animation: an Interdisciplinary Journal and Sequence


Nicky Hamlyn is Professor of Experimental Film at the University for the Creative Arts and a lecturer at the Royal College of Art, UK. He is the author of Film Art Phenomena (2003) and co-editor of and contributor to Kurt Kren: Structural Films (2016). His film and video work is available on three DVD compilations from LUX, RGB and Film Gallery, Paris. 

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SKU 9783319738727
Subtitle New Perspectives and Practices
Publisher(s) Springer International Publishing AG
Editor(s) Smith, Vicky; Hamlyn, Nicky
Format Hardback
Original publication date 31 Aug 2018
Number of pages 286 pages, includes 26 color illustrations and 8 black and white illustrations

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