Animation Breakdown Weekend

Animation Breakdown is a weekend of screenings and discussion that will explore the relationships between drawing, moving image, and the influence of digital technologies.

Organised by Animate Projects and Tate Modern in association with the Animation Department at London College of Communication, University of the Arts London and The Drawing Room. Supported by Arts Council England.


Friday 20 March 2009, 7pm
Screening: Computer Baroque Programme - digital animation art and experiment, curated by Richard Wright

Saturday 21 March 2009, 10.30am-5.30pm
Study Day: Presentations, films and discussion, with an emphasis on practice, and the artist’s perspectives

Saturday 21 March 2009, 7pm
Screening: WAX, or The Discovery of Television Among the Bees, (David Blair, USA/Germany, 1991), curated by Richard Wright

Study Day speakers' biographies

David Blair worked in New York in the eighties, and now lives and works in France. He is currently working on a multi-platform project, The Telepathic Motion Picture of the Lost Tribes.

Steven Bode is curator and Director of Film and Video Umbrella. He has also curated a number of other exhibitions such as Airport (with Jeremy Millar), New Video from Great Britain (for MoMA, New York) and There is No Road (for the LABoral centre, Spain). He has written extensively about video, film and contemporary art for several publications, and has contributed essays to many artists’ monographs.

David Chandler is a curator and writer, and Director of Photoworks agency. He was formerly Assistant Curator of Photography at The National Portrait Gallery, London; Head of Exhibitions at The Photographers’ Gallery, London, and Project Manager at the Institute of International Visual Arts. He has written widely about photography and the visual arts.

Ann Course studied at the Royal College of Art and she lives and works in London. Screenings include Image Forum, Japan and Rotterdam International Film Festival. Exhibitions include The Animators (Angel Row, Nottingham), A Century of Artists’ Film in Britain, Tate Britain, and Light Box: Art Now, Tate Britain. She teaches at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, University of the Arts London.

Stoffel Debuysere is a freelance researcher, producer and writer. He teaches critical film studies at the art academy KASK in Gent (BE). María Palacios Cruz is a PhD candidate at Université Libre de Bruxelles and a producer at Atelier Graphoui. Based in Brussels, they collaborate on curated film projects, including The Order of Things for MuHKA, Antwerp, and Drawn to Life - reanimating the animate, at Maison des Cultures de Saint-Gilles, Brussels. They are both part of the Courtisane collective.

Simon Faithfull lives in Berlin and teaches at the Slade School of Art in London. He was awarded an Arts Council International Fellowship to Antarctica in 2004/2005. Ice Blink, the subsequent exhibition, toured to New York, London and Edinburgh. Other exhibitions include the Whitstable Biennale, Chisenhale Gallery London and Aspex, Portsmouth.

Samba Fall is originally from Dakar, Senegal, and now lives and works in Oslo. He is a graduate from the National School of Fine Arts of Senegal. He works in a variety of media, including painting, installation, video and net art. Samba Fall's work has been exhibited in the Dakar Biennial, the Varna Biennial 08, 'Videoholica' and in several exhibitions in Africa, Europe and in the USA.

Ori Gersht Ori Gersht was born in Israel, but has lived and worked in London for fifteen years; studying for his MA at the Royal College of Art. His work, in both video and photography, has shown extensively in the UK and internationally. Solo exhibitions include: The Clearing at The Photographers; Gallery, London; History in the Making at Photo España, Madrid; Afterglow at Tate Britain and Pitch at Chisenhale Gallery, London. His work is held in a range of national and private collections. Three books have been published on his practice: Afterglow, (August Publications, 2002), Day by Day (Pocko Editions, 2002), and The Clearing (Film and Video Umbrella, 2005).

Dryden Goodwin studied at the Slade School of Fine Art. Exhibitions and screenings include The Photographers’ Gallery, Art Now at Tate Britain, Manchester City Art Gallery and Chisenhale Gallery, London. He was awarded a NESTA Fellowship in 2000.

Angela Kingston is an independent curator and writer. Recent exhibitions include Art with Strangers (Turnpike Gallery, Greater Manchester, 2008), Fairy Tale (The New Art Gallery Walsall and touring, 2007), and The Animators (Angel Row, Nottingham, and touring, 2005). A forthcoming exhibition on the theme of Underwater will be launched in spring 2010 at Towner, Eastbourne, and tour to other coastal galleries. 

Joshua Mosley studied at The Art Institute of Chicago. Exhibitions and screenings include the Venice Biennale in 2007, the Museum of Modern Art, New York, Reina Sofia in Madrid, Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego. He is Associate Professor and Acting Chair of Fine Arts in the School of Design at the University of Pennsylvania.

Emily Richardson studied at Middlesex University and San Francisco Art Institute. Her films have been widely exhibited both in the UK and internationally, including Tate Britain, Artist’s Space New York and Edinburgh, London, Rotterdam and New York film festivals. 6 Films, a DVD retrospective, is published by LUX.

Jennifer Steinkamp studied at CalArts and ArtCenter in Los Angeles, and has had solo exhibitions at The Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami, The Nevada Museum of Art and the Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, Washington, among others. Her group shows include the 8th Annual Istanbul Biennial; she represented the United Stated in the 11th Cairo Biennial; and participated in shows at MASSMoca and the Seoul Museum of Art. Her work has been included in Visual Music at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington D.C., and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. A retrospective of her work opened at the San Jose Museum of Contemporary Art in 2006 and travelled onto the Kemper Museum and the Albright-Knox Gallery.




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