The 11th edition of the Expanded Animation Symposium is a three-day event featuring several international artists, researchers, and developers who will discuss—in a live setting—topics related to this year’s theme, “The Art of Performance.” This year’s symposium features several programs: the panels Art & Industry, Artist Position, Performative Acts, and Virtual Stages, the Synaesthetic Syntax Symposium and the ASIFA Austria Forum.
In its eleven-year history, the Expanded Animation Symposium has examined the vast and constantly evolving field of animation and its myriad connections to other disciplines. Along this journey, the symposium has featured prominent and upcoming people, projects and perspectives that have significantly shaped the current animation landscape. In addition to becoming a regular part of the Ars Electronica Festival, the symposium has expanded, developing from an initial one-day event to a three-day affair that includes multiple tracks, exhibitions, performances, and even an additional symposium, Synaesthetic Syntax.
Vladimír Kudělka (CZ), Immerea OG (AT), Christopher Salter (US/CH)
The Art & Industry panel features exciting perspectives on animated shorts, VR experiences, games and interactive installations. XR developers Flavia Mazzanti (IT/BR/AT) & Manuel Bonell (IT/BR) from media company Immerea will discuss interdisciplinary approaches in the Creative Industries, Christopher Salter will focus on mixed reality-based experiences in his theatre project Animate, and Vladimír Kudělka (CZ)…
Miwa Matreyek (US/CA), Akiko Nakayama (JP), Helen Starr (UK)
Canada-based media artist Miwa Matreyek (US/CA), winner of the Golden Nica in the Prix category Computer Animation in 2020, and Japanese artist Akiko Nakayama (JP) will present and discuss their works, spanning from live drawing to merging live performance, sculpture and animation. Helen Starr (UK), one of the jury members of the new category “New…
Fanni Fazakas (HU/NZ), Pedro Harres (BR/DE), Kris Hofmann (AT)
Pedro Harres (BR/DE) will give an overview of the lessons he learned over the four years of making his 2D animated, interactive VR-piece “From the Main Square.” Fanni Fazakas discusses the potential of XR to elevate the stories of underprivileged or underrepresented people and to work as a tool for social change.
Stefan Schwingeler (DE), gold extra (AT), ANIMA PLUS (AT)
The Performative Acts Panel will start with a talk about counter-gaming and artistic performance in video arts by media theorist and game scholar Stephan Schwingeler. After that, artist collective gold extra will offer their insights into creative processes – from metaverse experiences to digital theatre. The panel concludes with the introduction of ANIMA PLUS, a…
Rebecca Merlic (HR/AT), PlayOn! (UK), minus.eins (DE)
Rebecca Merlic will introduce and discuss her works, in particular the experimental game GLITCHBODIES, awarded with an Honorary Mention. Artist collective minus.eins and Lucy Hammond and Dirk Neldner, both actively involved in the EU-funded project PlayOn! New Storytelling with Immersive Technologies, will delve further into the possibilities of digital theatre and offer insights from their…
Pedro Harres (BR), Fanni Fazakas (HU), Milad Tousi (IR), Alexander Hödlmoser (AT) and Leonhard Schnaitl (AT)
This year’s Ars Electronica Festival marks the evolution of a new Prix Ars category, New Animation Art. One of the adaptations that the field of animation has experienced involves a higher degree of immersion. Partly due to developments from virtual reality (VR) technologies, many animated works not only surround the viewer, but also allow for…
Ayoung Kim (KR), Bassam Issa (IE), SANGHEE (KR), Nóra Ó Murchú (IE), Helen Starr (UK)
Prix Forum New Animation Art will feature Golden Nica winner Ayoung Kim (KR), Award of Distinction Bassam Issa (IE) and SANGHEE (KR) as speakers. The panel will be moderated by Jury members Nóra Ó Murchú (IE) and Helen Starr (UK)
Camille Baker (UK) | Ghislaine Boddington (UK) | Louis-Philippe Demers (CA/QA) | Johannes DeYoung (US) | Juergen Hagler (AT) | Max Hattler (DE/HK) | Birgitta Hosea (SE/UK) | Friedrich Kirschner (DE) | Rameshnath Krishnasamy (DK) | Julian Salhofer (AT) | Tomo Sone (JP) | Lana Tankosa Nikolic (DK) | Varvara & Mar Creative Studio – Varvara Guljajeva (EE/HK) & Mar Canet Sola (ES/EE) | Leoni Voegelin (DE) | Bill Vorn (CA) | Darren Woodland (US)
The fourth edition of Synaesthetic Syntax will feature several perspectives on haptic bodies, agency, the “live element” and process in the context of performance, closing with a keynote talk by Ghislaine Boddington.
Produced by: University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria, Hagenberg Campus and the Ars Electronica Festival in cooperation with the University for the Creative Arts, Farnham, UK
Organized by: Jeremiah Diephuis, Juergen Hagler, Wolfgang Hochleitner, Michael Lankes, Patrick Proier, Christoph Schaufler, Alexander Wilhelm / Upper Austria University of Applied Sciences Hagenberg Campus / Department of Digital Media, Birgitta Hosea Animation Research Centre, University for the Creative Arts, Farnham, UK and Reinhold Bidner, ASIFA Austria.