This cross-disciplinary symposium looks at those whose work doesn't quite fit the mould: those whose practice transcends all boundaries. Asking key questions about how we define animation, the event features special presentations with leading figures in the animation and art world.
4th Norwich International Animation Festival
The Offscreen Symposium Wednesday 19 October 2005 at NSAD Lecture Theatre, Duke Street, Norwich.
A one-day symposium event exploring cross-disciplinary practice in animation, as part of the 4th Norwich International Animation Festival.
The Offscreen Symposium takes place at the Norwich School of Art & Design as part of the 4th Norwich International Animation Festival, an action-packed, art-focused event which fuses white-hot film programmes with seminars, debates, special events and parties.
Crossing boundaries with animation
The process of animation rests heavily on fine art traditions, with direct links to painting, illustration, sculpture, and architecture. Many have come to the discipline from a fine art, as opposed to a filmmaking background, and more and more emerging animators turn to radical, hybrid processes appropriated from other disciplines -yet animation is invariably defined by
an outmoded frame-by-frame film technique.
Where does this leave those artists whose work blurs the boundaries between animation, film, photography, fine art and artists' film?
This spirited, cross-disciplinary symposium event looks at those whose work doesn't quite fit the mould: those whose practice transcends all boundaries.
Asking key questions about how we define animation, The Offscreen Symposium features four special presentations, with Caroline Leaf, Jerzy Kucia, Daniel Bird, Suzanne Buchan, Tim Macmillan and Dick Arnall, all leading figures in the animation and art world.
10.30 Registration and coffee (at Norwich Playhouse)
11.00 Introduction from Paul Wells
11.30 -12.45 Caroline Leaf: The painter-animator with Caroline Leaf. World-celebrated animator Caroline Leaf is best known for her painstakingly-realised short films. Increasingly, though, she is returning to painting, rather than animation, as a means of expression. What does
painting offer which animation canÂ¹t? And indeed, how similar are the two processes?
13.00 -14.15 Grace, puppetry and dance in The Quay Brothers' films Suzanne Buchan (Director, Animation Research Centre)
The films of the Quay Brothers reveal an ongoing fascination with elements of dance, from animated light to the sublime gestures of their puppets. In this intriguing session, Suzanne Buchan explores Heinrich von Kleist's concept of grace and the marionette theatre in some of the Quays' films, including their dance collaborations.
15.00 -16.15 Shifting perceptions: The art of Jerzy Kucia Jerzy Kucia in conversation with Daniel Bird
Krakow-based Jerzy Kucia is one of the worldÂ¹s greatest living art animators; his exquisite short films often teetering on the divide between the static and the motive. Film writer Daniel Bird talks to Kucia about fine art influences on his work.
16.30 -17.45 Freezing time, freezing space: Tim Macmillan's
cross-disciplinary explorations Tim Macmillan in conversation with Dick Arnall (animate!) . Tim Macmillan is hard to pin down. Is he an artist? An animator? An inventor? Perhaps he is all of these things, and more. His pioneering invention, dubbed time slice photography', became the talking point of the Matrix trilogy, but as this session shows, Tim's artistic interventions have taken the process one step further.
The Offscreen Symposium is part of the 4th Norwich International Animation Festival: 19 Â 22 October 2005
For full programme info and to book tickets and passes, please visit our website: http://www.niaf.org.uk/
Passes are available for the symposium alone, or for the entire festival, with special rates available for student groups:
Offscreen Symposium only
Entry to all Offscreen programmes (19 October) + Opening Reception. Full Â£20 / concessions Â£15. Student groups Â£12 per person + 1 free per 20 people
Festival + Offscreen Symposium
Entry to entire festival (19 -22 October). Full Â£60 - concessions Â£40. Groups Â£32 per person+1 free per 20 people.
Contact: T +44 (0)1603 756231
Opening: 19 October, h 10.30 a.m
Norwich School of Art & Design
Francis House, Redwell Street - Norwich
NSAD Lecture Theatre
Duke Street - Norwich