Animation, between arts and thought
Some of the world’s most well-known experts on the theory and the esthetics of animation are on their way to Ca’ Foscari. On October 22nd and 23rd, the Department of Philosophy and Cultural Heritage and the Ca’ Foscari Short Film Festival are organising the international conference “Animation, between arts and thought”, a conference which focuses on the intersection between the theory and the execution of animation cinema.
Animation has been an essential aspect of cinematography since its beginnings. In just over a century artist, narrators and visionaries have committed to this art, perhaps one of the most versatile for visualising fantasies and abstractions. The Conference will explore the enormous cultural heritage of animation cinema, investigating its ties with abstract philosophy, with the other arts, and with cinema in general.
Among the guests will be Barry Purves, an English master of frame-by-frame animation, set designer and director of theatre works who explores the intersections between the language of animation, of cinema and of the performing arts. As the author of well-known educational books on animation which have also been published in Italy, Barry Purves has received numerous awards and wide international recognition, including several Oscar and BAFTA nominations. The evening of the 22nd will be entirely dedicated to screening some of Purves’ most important works at the Auditorium Santa Margherita, with presentations and illustrations from the artist himself.
One of the world’s most renowned scholars of animated cinema today, and author of a monumental history of animation cinema, Giannalberto Bendazzi, will also be present. Also speaking will be Ca’ Foscari professor of the history of theatre and theatrical texts Paolo Puppa, as well as Bruno di Marino, essayist, expert in theory and mass media methods, and scholar of motion pictures and audiovisual experimentation. University of Bologna film historian, Michele Fadda, who curates the volumes Tex Avery and Chuck Jones, and studies American film, will also be attending, along with Carlo Montanaro, one of Italy’s most important experts on cinema, specialist in the initial period of films and creator of the Venetian “Fabbrica del Vedere” film space, a fundamental reference point for all scholars and lovers of the lagoon city’s cinematography.
Also attending will be international guests such as Sébastian Denis, lecturer at the Université de Picardie Jules Vernee, and author of numerous articles on the theory of media and of a history of animation translated in Portuguese and Cantonese, and Ülo Pikkov, producer, screenwriter and director of various stop motion short-films, and author of the essential collection of essays on the theory of animation, Animasophy. Some of Pikkov’s films will be screened in Aula Baratto on October 23rd, together with some of Barry Purves’ films and a selection of works by Igor Imhoff, visionary artist and creator of experimental animated short films, as well as lecturer at the Scuola Internazionale di Comics in Padova.
The symposium will be curated by Roberta Novielli, artistic director and organiser of the Ca’ Foscari Short Film Festival, and lecturer in the history of Japanese film and animation at Ca’ Foscari, and by Davide Giurlando, animation scholar and curator of the Ca’ Foscari Short Film Festival’s special programme Anymation.