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From Human Experience to Radical Experiments: Animation, 3D and VR in Teaching, Learning and Research

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START DATE 16 May 2017
START TIME 10:00am

H116 Hatchcroft Building, Middlesex University, The Burroughs, London NW4 4BT

END DATE 16 May 2017
END TIME 04:30pm

Symposium showcasing the current research of Middlesex University Animation, 3D Animation and Virtual Reality practitioners and scholars

Animation presents a remarkable scope of imaginative interpretations of the world we live in and others we imagine. This symposium showcases the contexts and current research of Middlesex University Animation, 3D Animation and Virtual Reality practitioners and scholars that underpin teaching approaches and philosophies, with a focus on ‘animating the human’.

Speakers will discuss a range of topics about this pervasive creative practice on a continuum of techniques, styles and methods: from social critique, software cultures and curating successful collaborative projects to VR in palliative care, workplace politics, real and virtual learning resources, MTV aesthetics, and creative (online) communities.

The symposium will provide students, animators and educators with insights into a range of creative approaches to these rich and complex artistic forms and technologies. We also hope to stimulate discussion about the potential for working with animation in teaching, learning and research in other disciplines.

Attendance is free, however to ensure a place and help us prepare please register by RSVP to: by 12 May 2017.

PROGRAMME (download the full programme here)

10:00: Welcome and Introduction

10:15-11:45 On the Spectrum of Human Experience

  • How to Make Exciting Films from Boring Subjects (Prof Jonathan Hodgson)
  • More than Meets the Eye: Animating Troubled Minds (Harriet Titlow)
  • Soothing Pain through Animation: The opportunities for the animator’s art to treat pain through the medium of Virtual Reality Simulations (Sophie Mobbs)

11:45-12:00: Break

12:00-13:00 Communities and Collaboration

  • More than a Destination: The Collaborative Journey of ‘Lost Luggage’ (Osbert Parker)
  • Spectral Communities of Practice (Ben Wheele)

13:00-13:45 Lunch Break

13:45-15:15 Politics, Labour and Consumption

  • One Dimensional Animation: MTV Animation and The ‘Quasi-Artistic Venture' (Dr Lilly Husbands)
  • Death to Animation! The Dick Arnall Collection as Phoenix of the UK Animation Renaissance (Prof Suzanne Buchan)
  • OReilly, Laughton and Warburton: Oppositions and Interventions into the Political Economy of Contemporary CGI (Alex Charnley)

15:15-15:30 Break

15:30-16:30 Screening and Discussion

  • Film Screening: ‘Animating the Human’
  • Summary Q&A and Discussion

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