In October 2020 Edge of Frame presented two online talks as part of Animate Projects’ Accelerate Sessions series, supported by Arts Council England’s Emergency Response Fund. The talks were put together by Edwin Rostron, and hosted by Dr Lilly Husbands. Featuring artists Edwina Ashton, David Jacobs, Katerina Athanasopoulou, Amy Lockhart, Cheng-Hsu Chung and Wednesday Kim, these talks provided an insight into a diverse range of contemporary animation practice. Both talks are archived below.
Edge of Frame: Human After All
Artists Amy Lockhart, Cheng-Hsu Chung and Wednesday Kim discuss their vibrant, absurd and transgressive work in animation and beyond. Hosted by Dr Lilly Husbands. 6pm, Thursday 15th October
Three of the most exciting contemporary animators working today come together to discuss their work, its contexts and connections. With overlapping interests in internet culture, the absurd, and the endless potential of animation to distort the human body, these three artists are unafraid to take the medium into intense, outrageous and exhilarating extremes. The talk explores how they have navigated their inspirational artistic practices.
Edge of Frame: Stretching the Frame
A discussion on Virtual Reality and animation, with artists Katerina Athanasopoulou, Edwina Ashton and David Jacobs.
Hosted by Dr Lilly Husbands. 6pm, Thursday 1st October
Artists Katerina Athanasopoulou, Edwina Ashton and her collaborator David Jacobs present their work and discuss their current ventures into Virtual Reality. Each artist has a distinctive voice and comes to VR from an artistic practice that includes animated short films. The talk explores the challenges and opportunities presented by VR for artists working with animation.
Still from Nobody perceived me entering the Disequilibrium room (2015) by Wednesday Kim
About the Participants:
Amy Lockhart is a filmmaker and artist. Her animations have screened at festivals nationally and internationally, including the British Film Institute, N.Y. Anthology Film Archives, Ann Arbor Film Festival, Carnegie Mellon and International Animation Festival in Hiroshima, Japan. Her drawings, comics and paintings have been published by Fantagraphics (Ditch Life, 2020), Drawn & Quarterly (Dirty Dishes, 2009), and by Colour Code (Looking Inward, 2016). amylockhart.ca
babyssscrib (2019) by Amy Lockhart
Walk for Walk (2005) by Amy Lockhart
Her name is Viviparidae by Wednesday Kim, from POST-HUMAN ISLAND curated by Cultural Policy
Wednesday Kim is an interdisciplinary artist and a co-founder of De:Formal Online Gallery. She is from Seoul, South Korea and is currently based out of Alaska. Kim works with a mixture of analog and digital media including 3D animation, video, performance, installation, print, and sculpture. Her work is informed by personal experiences and human psychology; she derives imagery from nightmares, intrusive thoughts, and childhood trauma. Furthermore, she portrays the absurdity of information-saturated contemporary life in a surrealist fashion through wordplay, Wikipedia, voyeurism, and witticism. www.wednesdaykim.xyz
Adorable (2018) by Cheng-Hsu Chung
Cheng-Hsu Chung is a Taiwanese animation director based in Berlin. Chung’s artistic practise focuses on using surreal images and character performances to articulate the changing nature of emotion, modern love relationships and the queer community.
Remote Life Drawings (2018) by Cheng-Hsu Chung
Music Video for Couldn’t Have Known – !!! (Chk Chk Chk) by Cheng-Hsu Chung
Dr Lilly Husbands
‘Mapping the Rhizome: Multiplicities of Experimental Animation’ a talk by Lilly Husbands for the Edge of Frame Weekend 2018
Dr Lilly Husbands is a writer and researcher, broadly concerned with the legacy and evolution of experimental animation in the context of contemporary multimedia practice. She has a PhD in Film Studies from King’s College London and has published chapters and articles on experimental animation in journals including 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 and co-editor of Experimental Animation: From Analogue to Digital (Routledge, 2019). She teaches at Middlesex University.
A two-minute excerpt from Her Voice, a film by Katerina Athanasopoulou and Eleni Ikoniadou, commissioned by Audint for UNDOUND:UNDEAD at Arebyte Gallery, London, May 2019.
Katerina Athanasopoulou is a London-based artist creating animated films for festivals and gallery space. Her work has been exhibited at Clermont-Ferrand short film festival, the Onassis Foundation and the British Animation Awards, and in 2013 she won the Lumen Prize with her short film Apodemy. She is a PhD candidate at Plymouth University, exploring the intersections between animation, documentary and virtual reality, and the translation of physical place into digital space through performatic ‘camera walks’.
Edwina Ashton and David Jacobs
Still from Mr Panz at Lake Leman, notes on m, (notes on mammals and habitats) (2010) by Edwina Ashton
Edwina Ashton studied at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge University, Camberwell College of Arts, London and Goldsmiths College of Arts, London. She makes sculptures, videos, animations and drawings of oblique and absurd characters and narratives. Recent exhibitions and performances include Tintype, London, Whitechapel Gallery, London, and a commission for the Burns Unit at Bristol Royal Infirmary, Bristol.
David Jacobs studied at Glasgow School of Art and Visual Effects at the National Film and Television School. Commissions include animations for Science Photo Library and the European Space Agency. Edwina and David’s ongoing collaboration began with Mr Panz at Lake Leman, notes on m, (notes on mammals and habitats), commissioned by Animate Projects and The Drawing Room for the exhibition Shudder in 2010.
See two of Edwina’s animated films, made with David Jacobs here
Supported by Arts Council England’s Emergency Response Fund.