Tuesday, 20 July 2010

Scinema Festival of Science Film, Australia

An Eyeful of Sound has been nominated for best film in the category of Animation/Experimental science film at the Scinema Festival, Australia. It is a travelling festival, playing throughout Australia, see here for the programme. Hooray!

Sunday, 18 July 2010

Viennese digital summer screenings

On Friday Tricky Women (women animation directors festival in Vienna) will be contributing a programme to the Frame[o]ut digital film festival, which is a series of open air screenings in the MuseumsQuartier. OneDotZero will also be doing a screening.

Tricky Women have kindly chosen The Beloved Ones as one of their featured shorts.

Thursday, 15 July 2010

Artists Access to Art Colleges

The art school I teach at is a participant in the AA2A scheme, 'Artists access to Art Colleges'. It's a brilliantly simple and inspired idea, funding artists to use art college facilities and resources to continue their practice. The scheme is run at lots of different art schools throughout the UK

It would be great to have some animators working in the department, so if you are interested please see the info below.

"Artists Access to Art Colleges is funded by the Lottery through A.C.E., and offers artists & designer makers the opportunity to undertake a period of research or realise a project using art college facilities eg. workshops, IT facilities, lending library, & lecture programme.  AA2A schemes aim to benefit students and Colleges through their interaction with practising artists.

Access is free, for at least 100 hours, between Oct 2010 and April 2011 and a materials/travel grant of £220 is usually available.

Closing dates for applications vary but all are in September 2010
Applicants must have at least one years professional practice and should be able to work with minimal technical support.

Artists on AA2A schemes run from 2007 to 2008 or before can now reapply.  To read previous artists' stories click here.
AA2A particularly welcomes applications from applicants with disabilities, from culturally diverse backgrounds and non-graduates."

Monday, 12 July 2010


Phew. I've just come back from the Society for Animation Studies conference and am quite pooped. It was an intense and deeply stimulating three days, talking eating and breathing animation theory, practice and process.

I gave my talk, which I think went OK (and luckily it was first up so it was over soon!), and then settled back to watch everyone else's. It soon became clear that there was no way I could see all of the papers as there were at least two and more probably three sessions (each of 2-4 papers) going on at once, four times a day. Luckily coffee flowed freely and there were afternoon cakes and shortbread which I thought was very civilised.

The talks varied from the completely opaque (to me anyway) to the brain shatteringly inspirational and I came away from the experience energised and enthused. Some of the stand-out sessions were the key note talks by Claire Kitson (talking about Channel 4's invaluable development and support of the animated short during the 90s) and Paul Wells (talking about the links between animation and sport extremely convincingly even to a sport-o-phobic like me), Birgitta Hosea's fantasic paper about drawing, and the whole session about animated documentary, chaired by Bella Honess Roe. I also loved Kirsten Thompson's paper about colour which had some amazing slides and clips that I could happily have printed out and papered my house with.

The only downside was having hardly any time for exploring Edinburgh - which was sunny for most of the weekend! - but I'll have to go back and properly explore. On the Friday evening we went to a screening of Scottish animation at the Filmhouse and saw a great programme, I particularly loved Iain Gardner's The Tannery which is incredibly sensitive and moving, and Lizzie Hobbs' The Witches which is hilarious. Both animators were there to discuss the legacy of Norman McLaren too which was a treat.

The whole thing made me want to watch more films and read more books and make more work, which is the point really isn't it? I'm going to try and digest the information which is over crowding my head at the moment and turn it into some relevant and intelligent-sounding

Friday, 9 July 2010

Biorhythm exhibition, Trinity College Dublin

An Eyeful of Sound is playing as an installation at the Science Gallery in Trinity College Dublin as part of an exhibition called Biorhythm from now until October. Biorhythm is about music and the body.

"From an acoustic bed to sonic tables and experiments on your emotional response to pop music, Science Gallery's Summer exhibition BIORHYTHM will allow you to feel how music moves your body through an interactive bazaar of unique sonic experiences, installations, experiments and performances from musicians, engineers and neuroscientists from around the world."

The Science Gallery is in Trinity College Dublin on Pearse Street in The Naughton Institute.

Tuesday, 6 July 2010

Animation Evolution in Edinburgh

This weekend the Society for Animation Studies is holding its annual conference at Edinburgh Art College. It's called Animation Evolution and there will be fascinating papers from big and small cheeses of the animation world.

I am a mini babybel; I shall be giving a paper called "Animating unique brain states: The animated documentary and ‘psychorealism’" which discusses making An Eyeful of Sound.

Professor Paul Wells (an entire Edam) and Claire Kitson (Gouda? maybe a big wheel of brie) will be giving the keynote talks and I'm very much looking forward to listening to some interesting ideas and getting into the right headspace for my PhD.

 And now I've made myself hungry ....