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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.​

SPEAKERS

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

Prix Forum

Helen Starr
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Helen Starr

The Mechatronic Library

Guangli Liu
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Guangli Liu

liuguangli.net

Veneta Androva
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Veneta Androva

venetaandrova.com

Erick Oh
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Erick Oh

ErikOh.com

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

This year’s symposium features five distinct tracks: the Prix Forum, the panel Artist Position, Real-Time: Appeal of the Analog, Art & Industry, and the Synaesthetic Syntax conference.

All scheduled times are local Austrian time (Europe/Vienna). Use the dropdown below to switch to a different timezone.

LIVE

Visit the Expanded Animation YouTube channel to see all the broadcasted live content! The current or upcoming stream is shown below.

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

BUY ONLINE

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TALKS

33

SPEAKERS

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COUNTRIES

15

LIVESTREAMS

SYNAESTHETIC SYNTAX

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

Synaesthetic Syntax: Seeing Sound / Hearing Vision

Symposium details: Sunday 12th September 2021, Live Broadcasting Event during the Ars Electronica Festival

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.

Schedule

The schedule for Synaesthetic Syntax can be viewed under Program for Sunday, 12th September 2021.

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

Supported by

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
Harry Whalley

Team (FH OÖ)

Jakob Aigner | Trailer
Axel Bauer | Graphics, Production Director
Özenc Dinler | Associate Director, Studio Engineering
Elias Engel | Audio, Associate Director
Nils Gallist | Social Media
Roman Gökler | Associate Director, Photo Documentation, Social Media
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 | Associate Director, Graphics, Video Documentation, Web
Daniel Leichinger | Associate Director, Graphics
Selina Mensah | Camera, Social Media, Studio Engineering
Konstantin Papesh | Audio
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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