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Scanning historical and current trends in animation through different perspectives including art history, film, media and cultural studies is a prominent facet of today's theoretical and historical approaches in this rapidly evolving field. Global Animation Theory offers detailed and diverse insights into the methodologies of contemporary animation studies, as well as the topics relevant for today's study of animation. The contact between practical and theoretical approaches to animation at Animafest Scanner, is closely connected to host of this event, the World Festival of Animated Film Animafest Zagreb. It has given way to academic writing that is very open to practical aspects of animation, with several contributors being established not only as animation scholars, but also as artists. This anthology presents, alongside an introduction by the editors and a preface by well known animation scholar Giannalberto Bendazzi, 15 selected essays from the first three Animafest Scanner editions. They explore various significant aspects of animation studies, some of them still unknown to the English speaking communities.
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Franziska Bruckner is a lecturer in animation theory at the University of Vienna, Austria, Eberhard Karls University Tubingen, Germany, and the University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria.
Holger Lang is an Austrian researcher, artist and filmmaker, living and working in Vienna. For over 20 years he has been teaching animation, media arts and aesthetics for an American university at one of their satellite locations in Austria and also their main campus in St. Louis, USA.
Nikica Gilic is an associate professor in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Zagreb, Croatia, where he teaches history and theory of cinema.
Daniel Suljic is an animation film director and a musician.
Hrvoje Turkovic is a Croatian film theorist, film critic and university professor.
Giannalberto Bendazzi (Independent Scholar, Genoa, Italy)
Section 1: Historical and Theoretical Approaches from International Animation Studies
1. Marcin Gizycki (Academy of Information Technology, Warsaw, Poland / Rhode Island School of Design, USA)
Animation Since 1980: A Personal Journey
2. Paul Wells (Animation Academy at Loughborough University, UK)
Animation in the Gallery and the Gestalt: Gyoergy Kovasznai and William Kentridge
3. Mareike Sera (Humboldt University Berlin, Germany)
On Analogical Thinking: Jan Svankmajer and Franco "Bifo" Beradi
4. Chunning Guo (Maggie) (Renmin University of China, Beijing, China)
The Successful Chorus of "The Second Wave": An examination of Feminism's "Manifesto" of Digital Art
5. Olga Bobrowska (Jagiellonian University, Poland)
Seeking Truth in Facts. Historicizing Chinese Animation.
6. Holger Lang (Webster Vienna Private University, Austria)
Austria Unlimited. Limitations and Chances within a Small Production Environment
7. Mihat Ajanovic-Ajan (University West, Trollhattan, Sweden)
Beyond the self-images: The Context and Development of Animated Documentaries, the Cornerstones of Modern Animation in Sweden
Section 2: Case Studies from Around the World
8. Edwin Carels (School of Arts KASK/HoGent, Belgium)
Short Circuits. On the Impact of the Flipbook in the Work of Robert Breer
9. Mikhail Gurevich (Independent Scholar, Chicago, USA)
"...The film is not about that". Notes on (re)reading Tale of Tales
10. Andrijana Ruzic (Independent Scholar, Milan, Italy)
The Importance of Ranko Munitics Work on Zagreb School of Animation.
11. Irena Paulus (Independent Scholar, Zagreb, Croatia)
Animation Experienced through Music: Tomislav Simovic and Zagreb School of Animation
12. Fatemeh Hosseini-Shakib (Tehran Art University, Iran)
Puppet as Not-Puppet: the Notion of 'Puppet' and its Many Connotations in the Works of Barry Purves (the case of Screen Play)
13. Michal Bobrowski (UMCS University, Poland)
Subversive Machinery: DIY Philosophy in Films of Julian Antonisz
14. Dirk de Bruyn (Deakin University in Melbourne, Australia)
Lynsey Martin: A Case study in 1970s Australian Experimental Animation
List of Contributors
We have in Global Animation Theory a welcome expansion of the recent scholarship that has focused on the international development of animation practices. The editors and authors delve deeply into genres, techniques, and national cultures to reveal the complex and contested world of animation analysis, critical thinking, and new theoretical approaches. Often the discussions bring personal and artistic perspectives to the subject, enlivening this liveliest medium all the more. * Donald Crafton, Professor Emeritus, University of Notre Dame, USA * In this book, through case studies that deals with great number of historically important animated films from all over the world, authors are unveiling, interpreting and defining many hidden and complex elements that make the art of animation so fascinating. * Frano Dulibic, Professor of Art History, University of Zagreb, Croatia * For me, as an animation artist and scholar, the symposium Animafest Scanner represents the best of both worlds: An academic conference with high-calibre international speakers, which is embedded into one of the world's most important artistic animation festivals, Animafest Zagreb. In the reader Global Animation Theory, this combined spirit is finally transferred into a book that will no doubt have a substantial impact on the steadily growing field of animation studies. * Dr. Max Hattler, Assistant Professor, School of Creative Media, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong *
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