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Expanded Animation 2021

The ninth edition of the Expanded Animation Symposium with the topic Tectonic Shift, organized by the Hagenberg Campus of the University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria and Ars Electronica, will take place September 10th to 12th as part of the Ars Electronica Festival 2021.

Since 2013, the symposium has explored the collapsing boundaries within Digital Animation and has invited international artists, researchers and developers to present and discuss current positions and future trends.​

CALL FOR PAPERS: SYNAESTHETIC SYNTAX

A scene from Machine Memoires: Space by Refik Anadol
Refik Anadol, Machine Memoires: Space

Synaesthetic Syntax: Seeing Sound / Hearing Vision

Submission deadline: 30th June 2021
Symposium details: Sunday 12th September 2021, Live Broadcasting Event during the Ars Electronica Festival
Submission link: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=ea2021

In the age of pandemic, our previously normal experiences of human touch and intimate proximity have become mediated by the screen rather than felt directly. We can no longer hear live music and feel the sonic vibrations; see a painting’s texture in close proximity; become immersed in the events of live theatre, or engage in debate: these events are now bounded by the flat rectangular screen and limited by the extent of the pixels in our screen’s resolution.

Under these conditions, how can animation, in combination with music or audio art, re-engage us with bodily sensations received through the senses?

Coming together as a series of online events, this year’s Expanded Animation symposium at Ars Electronica continues a dialogue about relationships between the senses, in particular the auditory and the visual. What are the rules, principles, and processes that govern correlations between sound and animation? How might these embodied sensations be explored, unpacked and reassembled in our age of virtual communication intensified by COVID-19? 

Keynote Speaker

Our Keynote Speaker is the media artist, director, and pioneer in data and machine intelligence aesthetics, Refik Anadol. His body of work locates creativity at the intersection of humans and machines. In taking the data that flows around us as the primary material and the neural network of a computerized mind as a collaborator, Anadol paints with a thinking brush, offering us radical visualizations of our digitized memories and expanding the possibilities of architecture, narrative, and the body in motion. Anadol’s site-specific AI datasculptures, live audio/visual performances, and immersive installations take many forms while encouraging us to rethink our engagement with the physical world, its temporal and spatial dimensions, and the creative potential of machines.

Submission Guidelines

In response to these themes, we call for academics and artists to propose 20-minute papers that bring the disciplines of music, audio art and animation together from a variety of perspectives: from historical, theoretical or critical perspectives to new and surprising practice. If the paper is practice-based, it should include reflection and contextualisation in addition to presenting the practice.

The proposal should include an abstract of no more than 500 words (including references) and a short biography of no more than 200 words. 

Submission is via Easy Chair at https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=ea2021, where you will be prompted to set up a free Easy Chair account. 

In the field ‘Title and Abstract,’ please enter the text for both your abstract and your bio. Do not submit a web link instead of a bio. This information can also be attached as a PDF document.

List of Topics

Suggested topics include

Hearing Colour Seeing Sound

Can music become visual? How did pioneers of visual music such as Oskar Fischinger and Mary Ellen Bute translate melody, harmony and rhythm into the form of animation? And can moving drawings become music? How can historic and / or contemporary practice demonstrate synaesthetic syntax?

In Front of Your Eyes and Ears

With a perceived disparity between the slow time taken to create animation and the instant time taken to perform music, how can animation be performed live? Can the audio and the visual be combined in improvised performance? How can live, hand scribing or music notation or coding or drawing be used to conjure spontaneous audio-visual performance? What is gained from real-time, instant creation in the present moment? What does it mean for ‘liveness’ to experience this at home through a screen rather than being fully present at the event?

Rhythmanalysis

Repetition and difference is at the heart of rhythm, at the heart of the algorithm, at the heart of animation, at the heart of lived experience. Rhythm is everywhere. From the natural – visceral, internal rhythms of the body breathing and the heart pumping or the slow changing of the seasons; to the artificial – externally imposed rhythms ordering us through the ticktock of mechanical clock-time or the ebb and flow of economic cycles. How does rhythm connect audio and animation? What might animation learn from audio and music theory and vice versa?

A Return to the Material

In an age of digital synthesis and screen-based connections, is there a craving for a return to the material? Do we long for haptic feedback and analogue experience: the touch of guitar strings, the feel of charcoal smearing under the fingers, banging a drum, painting on film? Is this simply a form of nostalgia, or might it be thought through in new ways? How can it be brought together in the audio-visual?

Organising Committee

The symposium is jointly organised by Dr. Juergen Hagler, Ars Electronica, University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria, Hagenberg and Professor Dr. Birgitta Hosea, Animation Research Centre, University for the Creative Arts, Farnham, UK.

Scientific committee:

  • Professor Rose Bond, PNCA, USA
  • Dr. Max Hattler, School of Creative Media, Hong Kong
  • Laura Lee, Audio Research Cluster, UCA
  • Dr. Vicky Smith, Animation Research Centre, UCA 
  • Dr. Harry Whalley, Audio Research Cluster, UCA

Venue

The conference will be held online as part of the Ars Electronica Festival in Linz, Austria. The media festival will take place on 8th–12th of September 2021 under the motto “A New Digital Deal – How the Digital World Could Work”.

Contact

All questions about submissions should be emailed to animationresearch@uca.ac.uk.

SPEAKERS

Expanded Animation features amazing speakers from all around the world. We’re proud to introduce them to you.

Prix Forum

Artist Position

Imge Özbilge & Sine Özbilge
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Imge Özbilge & Sine Özbilge

imge.be & sine.cargo.site

Matthias Winckelmann
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Matthias Winckelmann

mwinckelmann.com

Nonny de la Peña
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Nonny de la Peña

Emblematic Group

Peter Burr
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Peter Burr

PeterBurr.org

Tectonic Shift

Sabine Laimer
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Sabine Laimer

Weta Digital

Annegret Richter
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Annegret Richter

AG Animationsfilm

Tobias Trebeljahr
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Tobias Trebeljahr

Tobias Trebeljahr

Jesper Juul
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Jesper Juul

Royal Danish Academy

Philomena Schwab
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Philomena Schwab

Swiss Game Hub

Art & Industry

Manuel Casasola Merkle & Moritz Schwind
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Manuel Casasola Merkle & Moritz Schwind

Entagma

Christopher Bahry, Ivelle Jargalyn, Mary Anne Ledesma & Alexandre Torres
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Christopher Bahry, Ivelle Jargalyn, Mary Anne Ledesma & Alexandre Torres

Tendril

Synaesthetic Syntax: Sounding Animation / Visualising Audio

Refik Anadol
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Refik Anadol

Refik Anadol Studio

Eleanor Dare & Alexandra Antonopoulou
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Eleanor Dare & Alexandra Antonopoulou

Central Saint Martins / UAL

Eliane Gordeeff
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Eliane Gordeeff

University of Lisbon

Juan Manuel Escalante & Yin Yu
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Juan Manuel Escalante & Yin Yu

California State University

Kate Steenhauer, Andrew Starkey & Jack Caven
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Kate Steenhauer, Andrew Starkey & Jack Caven

katesteenhauer.com

Kate Sicchio, Sarah Groff Hennigh-Palermo & Melody Loveless
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Kate Sicchio, Sarah Groff Hennigh-Palermo & Melody Loveless

Codie

Michael Century & Shawn Lawson
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Michael Century & Shawn Lawson

Rensselaer / Arizona State

Alberto Novello
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Alberto Novello

JesterN

Dirk de Bruyn
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Dirk de Bruyn

Deakin University

Lilly Husbands
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Lilly Husbands

Middlesex University

PROGRAM

We’re currently planning the schedule of this year’s symposium. Updates will be published here.

LIVE

Visit the Expanded Animation YouTube channel to see all the broadcasted live content!

Expanded Animation Publication

Expanded Animation – Mapping and Unlimited Landscape

The symposium Expanded Animation began in 2013 and offered a first approach to the expanding field of computer animation. It has since become an established part of the Ars Electronica Animation Festival and the international competition Prix Ars Electronica Computer Animation. Every year under an overarching theme, the symposium has researched the field of technology, art, animation, and aesthetics, investigated the collapsing boundaries in digital animation, and explored positions and future trends. As with the first conferences on computer animation at Ars Electronica in the 1980s, practice and theory are equally important. The richly illustrated publication Expanded Animation: Mapping an Unlimited Landscape features contributions from speakers and artists from the past six years and presents an overview of the prize winners in prix category Computer Animation from 2011 to 2018.

250 pages, 250 Illustrations

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TALKS

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SPEAKERS

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COUNTRIES

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LIVESTREAMS

PARTNERS & CREDITS

Partners

The symposium has been made possible by a collaboration between the Digital Arts program at the Hagenberg Campus of the University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria, the University for the Creative Arts and the Ars Electronica Festival.

Media Partners

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Organization

Expanded Animation is brought to you by a group of dedicated people from the University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria, Hagenberg Campus (FH OÖ), and the University for the Creative Arts, Farnham, UK (UCA).

Conference Organizers (FH OÖ)

Jeremiah Diephuis
Juergen Hagler
Wolfgang Hochleitner
Michael Lankes
Patrick Proier
Huoston Rodrigues
Christoph Schaufler
Alexander Wilhelm

Conference Organizers (UCA)

Birgitta Hosea
Laura Lee
Harry Whalley

Team (FH OÖ)

Jakob Aigner | Trailer
Axel Bauer | Graphics, Production Director
Özenc Dinler | Associate Director, Studio Engineering
Elias Engel | Audio
Roman Gökler | Photo Documentation
Tina Greul | Camera
Sarah Haim | Associate Director, Camera, Studio Engineering
Jascha Hanisch | Graphics
Cedric Hansalek | Studio Engineering, Teaser, Video Documentation
Josef Ibrahim | Associate Director, Social Media
Martin Krischanitz | Trailer
Kevin La | Graphics, Video Documentation, Web
Daniel Leichinger | Associate Director
Selina Mensah | Social Media, Studio Engineering
Laura Pointinger | Graphics
Nadine Promberger | Camera, Graphics, Social Media, Video Documentation
Markus Raudaschl | Trailer
Julian Salhofer | Audio, Production Director
Angelica Schalk | Social Media, Studio Engineering
Günther Stromberger | Audio
Elias Wolschlager | Web
Jennifer Ye | Web

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