For the next colloquium of the semester, held on March 14, 2019 (Thursday), we are very pleased to welcome German Professor and curator Ulrich Wegenast, who will give a talk on the topic “Animated Spaces – Animation, Architecture, and Game Art”
The talk will start at 4:00 pm in M6094 Future Cinema Studio.
Date: March 14, 2019 (Thursday)
Time: 4:00 pm
Venue: M6094 Future Cinema Studio, Run Run Shaw Creative Media Centre, 18 Tat Hong Avenue, Kowloon Tong
Topic: Animated Spaces – Animation, Architecture, and Game Art
The lecture deals with new concepts of spatial animation in the context of Architecture, Game Art, and Live Performance.
In the digital age the traditional profession and role of an animator has changed rapidly. Animation can’t be regarded exclusively as a filmic medium anymore. Animation has expanded in almost all creative fields. Chris Gehman and Steve Reinke stated in their book The Sharpest Point. Animation at the End of Cinema “the very definition of animation has become unstable in the era of digital media”. Animation became one of the most flexible media distributed on every platform and is used in different contexts like architecture, engineering, and scenography. Nowadays animation has left the black box of the cinema and the TV screen and is ubiquitous. As Steve Reinke added: “In the end, animation is triumphant, but at the price of an enormous levelling: it becomes everything.” The lecture deals with the new situation and possibilities of animation evoking a new profession combining film, architecture, and game art. A central aspect of this development is the way how media spaces are created with new digital technology: on the one hand side architecture becomes more and more fluid – i.e. in the realm of the so-called Blob Architecture –, on the other hand side animation is extremely important in regard to the construction of (virtual) space. At the lecture traditional examples of animation by Raimund Krumme, Zbigniew Rybczynski or Virgil Widrich are compared with new conceptions of animation, architecture, game and installation art by companies and artists like Zeitguised or Realities United. Within this development and fusion animation studios like Nexus or H5 (Ludovic Houplain) have produced new forms of animation and visual communication which go beyond traditional animation. Another tendency in the field of expanded animation which will be discussed in the lecture is the combination between the life performance of the theatre play or the opera and real time animation in the work of groups and artists like Sputnic/Theater Dortmund or Paul Barritt. The borderline between the reproduced image and live animation becomes blurred. These new concepts of spatial communication and expanded animation will be analyzed, presented and discussed.
Ulrich Wegenast, born 1966 in Stuttgart, graduated from Stuttgart University (Master in History and History of Art), and Hanns Eisler School of Music, Berlin (postgraduate studies in Culture and Media Management). Since 2012 he is honorary professor at the Babelsberg Film University.
1987: founding member of Wand 5 and Stuttgart Filmwinter – Festival for Expanded Media – a festival for experimental film and media art. In 2001 development of the conference „media-space“. He was member of the Wand 5-board until 2006.
From 1993-2005 has was curator for the Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film and the European Shortfilm Biennale. In 2005 he became the artistic director of the Stuttgart Festival of Animated Film.
In 2002 he developed the experimental film section for the Munich Filmfest. Curatorial work and jury work for the Goethe Institute and various other institutions and festivals around the world. From 2003 to 2004 he has worked as a consultant for the Frankfurt Schirn Kunsthalle and 2005 for the documenta jubilee exhibition. 2005-2013 member of the advisory board of the Goethe Institute (Film, TV, Radio), 2007-2013 member of the jury of the German Short Film Award.
From 2004-2011 he was teaching Film/Media Art, Media Theory and Alternative Distribution at the Karlsruhe School of Design, Stuttgart State Art Academy, and Merz Akademie in Stuttgart. From 2004 to 2014 he was head of the media department of the Baden-Wuerttemberg Free Art Academy.
He has published a 6-part DVD edition on German animated film in cooperation with Absolut Medien, Berlin, and Goethe Institut, Munich which has received the Willi Haas Award for best DVD-edition on German speaking film in 2012.
Wegenast gave more than 100 lectures and workshops on animation, experimental film, media art, arts administration and game culture around the globe including Harvard University, University of Toronto, Berlinale Festival, Tallin Black Nights Festival, the Bangkok Culture Centre and Ars Electronica in Linz.