Edge of Frame is a platform for artists working in the field of experimental animation, dedicated to increasing the visibility of this area of practice and stimulating discussion around it. Experimental animation is a loose term and encompasses a broad range of work, much of which lies somewhere at the intersection of animation, experimental film and artists’ moving image. Edge of Frame was begun by Edwin Rostron as a blog in 2013 and extended into screening events in 2016. Through the blog and screenings Edge of Frame seeks to celebrate this incredibly rich and vibrant, yet often marginalised and hard to define art form.
The Edge of Frame blog features numerous in-depth interviews with leading experimental animators, curators and others in the field. Screening events have included two editions of the Edge of Frame Weekend, a three-day festival of experimental animation featuring talks, screenings and retrospectives, taking place at BFI Southbank, Barbican, Whitechapel Gallery and Close-Up. Since 2016 Edge of Frame has also been a recurring part of the London International Animation Festival programme, and has curated events for Animate Projects, Flatpack Festival and SLEEPCENTER gallery in New York City.
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EDITOR AND WRITER
Edwin Rostron is an artist, animator, writer and curator based in London. He studied Fine Art at Sheffield Hallam University and Animation at the Royal College of Art. His work has been shown in exhibitions and film festivals around the world including Ann Arbor Film Festival, Pictoplasma, GLAS and Eyeworks Festival of Experimental Animation. He was recently a visiting artist at CalArts and at Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design and is a tutor at the Royal College of Art. edwinrostron.net
Hannah Brewerton is an artist, animator, writer and lecturer in animation based in Newham, London. Drawing inspiration from satirical theatre and carnival, Hannah’s research and practice is rooted in animated satire and traditional forms of animation. She first studied Animation at the Royal College of Art and her award-winning work has been screened at film festivals worldwide.
Lilly Husbands is a Lecturer in Animation and Visual Culture at Middlesex University. She has published book chapters and articles on experimental animation in journals such as Moving Image Review & Art Journal (MIRAJ), Frames Cinema Journal, and Alphaville: Journal of Film and Screen Media. She is an associate editor of Animation: An Interdisciplinary Journal. She is the co-editor of a book entitled Experimental Animation: From Analogue to Digital, published by Routledge.
Paul Taberham is a Senior Lecturer at the Arts University Bournemouth. He has published on topics such as film cognition, evolutionary theories of art, avant-garde film and animation, film sound and aesthetics. He is the author of Lessons in Perception: The Avant-Garde Filmmaker as Practical Psychologist (2018, Berghahn), and the co-editor of Cognitive Media Theory (2014, Routledge) and Experimental Animation: From Analogue to Digital (2019, Routledge). In addition, he has published articles for variety of edited collections and journals, and is a fellow of the Society for Cognitive Studies of the Moving Image.
Matt Turner is a writer and programmer based in London. He has written for outlets such as MUBI Notebook, Sight & Sound, Little White Lies, Variety, BOMB Magazine and The Brooklyn Rail, works for Open City Documentary Festival, and runs the experimental film screening series LOST FUTURES.
Alan is an independent animator living in LA. He is an MFA graduate of the Experimental Animation program at California Institute of the Arts. His films have been shown internationally at Ottawa International Animation Festival, Stuttgart Festival of Animated Films and Holland Animation Festival, among many others. alanjennings.net
Annapurna Kumar is an internationally-shown independent animator based in Southern California whose primary working methods are frame-by-frame drawing, CGI, and reprinting. She is an MFA grad of the Experimental Animation program at CalArts.
Timothy David Orme
Timothy David Orme is a writer, filmmaker, and educator. His animated films have shown at experimental and conventional festivals worldwide. When possible, his films are available on his website: www.timothydavidorme.com.
Tess Martin is an independent animator who works with cut-outs, ink, paint, sand or objects. Her award-winning films include The Lost Mariner, an animated interpretation of an Oliver Sacks case study, and Mario, a paint on glass film based on an Italian folk song. Her films have displayed at galleries and festivals worldwide. She curates touring programs of films from Seattle and the Northwest and occasionally writes about the world of independent animation.
Caleb Wood is primarily an animation filmmaker working remotely in northern Minnesota. He studied at the Rhode Island School of Design, subsequently following his interests in film and animation. He is unfocused, but adamantly involved in consumption and creation of animation on a daily basis.