Mapping an Unlimited Landscape

That the field of Computer Animation is expanding and merging with other disciplines is unmistakable. On the one hand, there is an apparent danger for this field to develop into an interdisciplinary fringe domain. On the other, the very fact that it has continually expanded offers substantial potential for a new orientation. Is the field of Computer Animation experiencing an existential crisis? Or is the context of an unlimited field actually an essential core element?

Digital Animation has become a pervasive element in our daily lives, at times visibly recognizable as a simulation and at others almost indistinguishable from real-world content. Moving images created with computer technology constitute a very diverse spectrum, particularly in hybrid forms, and are products of a highly interdisciplinary collaboration of individuals from the worlds of industry, research, art and science. In this unlimited domain, animation is ubiquitous and yet, simultaneously, undi erentiated. To even attempt to define what Digital Animation is, it becomes necessary to more closely examine this dynamic and constantly expanding field.

On the 5th of September, a symposium entitled “Expanded Digital Animation: Mapping an Unlimited Landscape” will be held as part of the Ars Electronica 2013. A collaboration between the Hagenberg Campus of the University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria, the Ars Electronica Festival and LENTOS Kunstmuseum, it aims to address the transgression of borders, hybrid forms and fringe areas within the field of Computer Animation.

In a series of panels, filmmakers, artists, researchers and curators will address their positions in regards to the crossing of boundaries in the field of animation. The symposium is fully integrated into the Ars Electronica Festival and features a range of additional related events, such as animation screenings, artist talks and exhibitions.

The symposium is open to all artists, producers, academics, students and pioneers who are interested in navigating the unknown terrain of Computer Animation. Due to its scheduling in conjunction with the Ars Electronica Festival, it offers a highly relevant setting and an excellent foundation for profound reflection on potential approaches to this expanding field.


Speakers Expanded Animation 2013: Memo Akten (TR) | Suzanne Buchan (CH/UK) | John Gerrard (IRL) | Joreg (AT/D) | Friedrich Kirschner (D) | Quayola (IT) | Semiconductor (UK) | Karin Wehn (D) | Virgil Widrich (AT) | Benjamin Wiederkehr (CH)

Expanded Animation is a collaboration between the Hagenberg Campus of the University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria, the Ars Electronica Festival and Lentos Linz, organized by: Jürgen Hagler, Sabine Retschitzegger, Alexander Wilhelm / University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria, Hagenberg Campus | Department Digital Media