Symposium 2017 – Hybrid Technologies in Animation

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The Expanded Animation Symposium is part of the Ars Electronica Animation Festival, and the full animation festival program is available here.

The symposium addresses the collapsing boundaries within Digital Animation and aims to explore positions and future trends in this expanded context. As part of Ars Electronica 2017, the symposium brings together international scholars, students, artists, curators and pioneers from diverse fields of research and professional practice to create an interdisciplinary dialogue.

Daydreams and Nightmares: Amalgams of Technology and Aesthetics in Animation

This year, the symposium endeavours to investigate the utilization of hybrid techniques and technologies and the effects of such usage on animation production. One essential quality of the medium of animation is the sheer diversity in its appearance, which can be seen in the vast number of animation techniques and aesthetics. The use of computers in creating animations has greatly expanded on the available visual means of representation.

In recent years, a recognizable trend in computer animation can be seen in the use of unconventional approaches, such as drones, robots, 3D printers, game engines, lasers and many other technologies, to facilitate new methods and expand on existing techniques of visualizing images and motion. The Spaxels project, which utilizes a large number of networked drones equipped with LEDs, is such an example of a hybrid approach that greatly extends the potential representation space. Animation software is also being used to control drones and robots, just as the animated frames of 3D characters are being printed as individual sculptures and then captured with stop-motion techniques to create an animation. Animation loops are integrated into physical sculptures and mutate into a moving sculpture using a zoetrope-based device, and three-dimensional animated holograms are generated using laser technologies. The fifth edition of the Expanded Animation Symposium will examine and discuss such trends and current developments with a panel of international experts.


Expanded Animation is a collaboration between the Hagenberg Campus of the University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria, the Ars Electronica Festival and Central Linz, organized by: Jeremiah Diephuis, Jürgen Hagler, Michael Lankes, Paola Otero, Patrick Proier, Christoph Schaufler, Alexander Wilhelm / University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria, Hagenberg Campus | Department Digital Media