The evening provides an opportunity to discuss current artwork, ideas, research and practice with artists/experimental animators Alex Jukes and James Snazell. Alex and James have exhibited and discussed their works internationally and both are lecturers in animation at Edge Hill University. Alex is also working towards an MPhil/PhD at the RCA.
Alex's interest in animation is through the subjects of Fine Art, animation, experimental image making and seeks to subvert technology as a method to expand creative boundaries. Alex's investigation crosses the borders between Art, philosophy and animation practice and raises questions relating to Materialism, abstraction and the digital medium.
Recent exhibitions at MOSI in November 2011 and the Hockney gallery exhibition at the RCA in February 2012, sought to encourage discussion around the subject of digital materialism. Specifically the works aimed to explore potential material aspects of 3D CGI animation and to develop an increased awareness of the language of 3D CGI and its capacity to communicate within or beyond the confines of the computer.
During the evening Alex will be discussing, through practical example, the concept of 'space as material' in relation to 3D CGI animation, and the 'myth of virtual'.
James's interest is in experimental digital moving image and has a focus on ideas of flatness and perceptual effects that occur for the viewer from viewing work that deals with the flatness of the screen. His work looks to exploit the dynamics of the retinal response to light and colour and looks to highlight ideas around the flat screen into the principal objects of vision.
James has had his moving image work shown at a range of experimental film festivals
including The Collectif Jeune Cinema Festival of Experimental Cinema' in Paris, 'Punto y
Raya Festival' in Madrid, 'Berlin Directors Lounge Film Festival', 'Australian International
Experimental Film Festival', 'The Athens Video Art Festival', 'Da Fest Digital Art Festival', The Lausanne Underground Film & Music Festival in Switzerland and Abstracta Cinema Festival in Rome.
For the talk James will be discussing his own work as well as discussing concepts and
examples of work that forefront issues of flatness and surface in their conceptual and literal
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