History and Actualities In Animation Film
In three introductory masterclasses, students are presented screenings and analyses of a selection of animation films (and productions) that are relevant to either the history or the state-of-the-art of the medium. Rather than trying to provide a comprehensive overview of the history and actuality of animation, we include productions that are representative of the different domains that define the focus of Re:Anima: (1) classic narrative animation, with an emphasis on socio-culturally reflective film; (2) abstract and poetic animation; (3) interactive animation. These masterclasses will provide the foundation for a video essay that the students individually make, addressing one movement, artist, genre or series of films/productions that is relevant to their own research project. Active participation of students is required in this course, as we additionally include a number of sessions where the students present, either individually or in group, an overview of the (historic and contemporary) context of the animation medium in their own country/region.