Personal and political secrets, creationism, industrial dystopia and Electronic Voice Phenomenon (believed by some to be the voice of the dead) are just some of the themes of the films to be shown in Animate Projects: Digitalis, an exhibition that explores the idea of the digital space as a site for artistic production and engagement.
The exhibition, in the University’s Egg Space at its MediaCityUK facility, includes 14 short films by UK-based animators and filmmakers including commissions by Adam Butcher, Lizzie Hughes, Matilda Tristram, James Lowne, Max Hattler and Noriko Okaku.
Animate Projects is an online exhibition space where visitors can explore the Animate Collection, featuring new and historic experimental animation, artist interviews and critical writing.
Animate began in 1990, commissioning artists and animators to make experimental films for television. It was one of several collaborations between the Arts Council and broadcasters as part of a strategy that aimed to lever additional financial support for ambitious projects and to enable the relatively vast television audience to readily engage with artists’ moving images. It was, crucially, about television as a primary form - not merely platform - for contemporary artists’ practice.
“Animate has consistently facilitated cutting edge animation in the UK, making the UK an international focal point for animated filmmaking.” - David Shrigley, artist
Animate Projects: Digitalis is part of #ANIGAME, a series of events and exhibitions celebrating animation and gaming at the University of Salford at MediaCityUK.
The exhibition will run Friday 9 November until Saturday 24 November (closed Thursday 22 November and Sundays). Opening times are Monday to Friday 9.00am-5.00pm and Saturday 12noon-4.00pm
Admission is free.
(Image credit: Adam Butcher – Bradley Manning Had Secrets (2011))