Online-Lecture Series “Frontiers of Animation” with seven international animation artists at Merz Akademie
In this lecture series in summer semester 2021, the Merz Akademie is honored to invite seven cutting-edge animation artists from the United States, France, China and Netherlands. With their various works and cultural backgrounds, they will share their creative experiences in the frontiers of animation. The lectures will take place online between April 13 and May 4, 2021. The lecture series is curated by DAAD Visiting Professor Weijia Ma and Joost Bottema, Professor of Visual Communication.
Since animation was invented, it has evolved from being a simple magic trick to a big screen art form. It developed along with the film and television industries, moving beyond children’s entertainment and media advertising to become an ever more recognized and respected part of moving image culture. The world of animation is vast, open and deserving of attention. Animation artists have never stopped experimenting with new forms in a variety of contexts. In filmmaking, animation brings its own approaches to themes, visual styles, storytelling and production. In the field of design, motion graphics have brought fresh possibilities to bring images to life. In contemporary art, the combination of digital animation and virtual reality creates a whole new field in itself.
In this lecture series, we are honored to invite seven cutting-edge animation artists from the United States, France, China, Netherlands and Switzerland. With their various works and cultural backgrounds, they will share their creative experiences in the frontiers of animation. The Merz Akademie has invited seven cutting-edge animation artists to talk about precisely these topics with a broad international audience in the online lecture series “Frontiers of Animation”.
Kindly supported by DAAD, Stuttgarter Filmwinter and ITFS – Festival of Animated Film Stuttgart.
The dates at a glance:
- Tuesday, April 13, 2021, 6 pm
Weijia Ma (Animation Artist, China): Personal Stories – behind scene of independent film making
- Tuesday, April 20, 2021, 6 pm
Hefang Wei (Animator, France): Clear or Clearly unclear
Jérémy Clapin (Filmregisseur, Frankreich): From short films to feature film
- Tuesday, April 27, 2021, 6 pm
Snow Yunxue Fu (New Media Artist, USA): The liminality in the Digital Art
Chris Sullivan (Film Director, USA): Beauty in difficult images. Inside the making of Independent animated Feature
- Tuesday, May 4, 2021, 6 pm
Aimée de Jongh (Comic Author, Netherlands): Immersive storytelling with camera movements in comics and animation.
Alice Saey (Film Director, France): Animation, music and the art of immersive storytelling.
About the lecture series with dates, link to livestream:
Weijia Ma as DAAD visiting professor at Merz Akademie: