Animation at the Cutting Edge: An Alphaville Symposium

13 Feb 2014

Saturday 15 February 2014, 1-7 pm, Windle Building

University College Cork, Ireland
Saturday 15 February 2014, 1–7 p.m.

"Animation at the Cutting Edge" aims to be methodologically interdisciplinary, to explore animation that is in the vanguard of its field, and to present scholarship that stretches the boundaries of research on film form, aesthetics, narrative, technology, industry, genre and medium. The symposium, which will be the occasion for six presentations from researchers exploring different creative practices in animation, will be followed by a programme of flash animations by Bu Hua, a digital artist currently living and working in Beijing, China.


1.00 Registration
2.00 Cristina Formenti (Università Statale, Milan): “The Animated Mockumentary, or when Imaginary Cartoon Worlds get the ‘Documentary Look’”
2.30 Danijela Kulezic-Wilson (University College Cork): “Tango for a Dream: Narrative Liminality and Musical Sensuality in Richard Linklater’s Waking Life”
3.00 Helen Haswell (Queen’s University Belfast): “To Infinity and Back Again: Hand-drawn Aesthetics and Affection for the Past in Pixar’s Pioneering Animation”
3.30 Coffee break
4.00 Paul Ward (Arts University Bournemouth): “Animation as Atavistic Magic”
4.30 Yuanyuan Chen (University College Cork): “Animating the City of Desire: Bodily Metaphor and Visual Imagination in Bu Hua’s Flash-Animated Shorts”
5.00 Lilly Husbands (King’s College London): “Rolling Amnesia and the Omnivorous Now: Jeff Scher’s You Won’t Remember This Trilogy (2007–2011)”
5.30 Concluding remarks

6.00 Screening: Bu Hua’s animations

All welcome. Attendance is free, but registration is required. Please download a registration form here:

Yuanyuan Chen, PhD candidate, Film Studies (Italian), UCC – email:
Laura Rascaroli, Senior Lecturer, Film and Screen Media, UCC – email:

Sponsored by:
Film and Screen Media, UCC
School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures, UCC
UCC Confucius Institute

Department of Film and Screen Media

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