Especially since the digital shift, the manipulated moving image has been the focus of heated debates around representation, truth values and ethics. This talk considers the pervasiveness of animation across a wide band of platforms and explores how it can evoke empathy and emotion. Through a sample of Edouard Salier’s, thought-provoking, bombastic Flesh (2005) it homes in on how these can contribute to engendering ethical awareness and ultimately responsibility in animation’s makers, distributors and audiences.
Suzanne Buchan is Reader in Animation Studies and Director of the Animation Research Centre at the University College for the Creative Arts. A founding member and 1995-2003 Co-Director of the Fantoche Animation Festival in Switzerland, she has been described as a curator of, commentator on, and activist for imaginative animation internationally. Founding Editor of animation: an interdisciplinary journal, her publications and curatorships include Trickraum: Spacetricks that accompanied the eponymous exhibition at the Zurich Museum of Design currently on tour, and an edited anthology, Animated Worlds. Forthcoming publications include a monograph on the Quay Brothers and an AFI Reader on Animation Studies.