Animated Metamorphoses: The Changing Culture in Contemporary Animation
Locarno, 3-7 August, 2009
The Faculty of Communication Sciences of the Università della Svizzera italiana and the Locarno International Film Festival organise a Summer School to analyse fiction and non-fiction media. The Summer School is part of Réseau Cinéma CH, a Swiss university consortium promoting two Master of Arts programs in Film Studies and Film.
The X Film Summer School is open to 30 university students from Switzerland and abroad, and offers the opportunity to explore the complexities of modern animation, confronting the Western scene with that in the East, initiating a dialogue through two of the authors who are most representative of the latest tendencies in animation - Swiss animation director Georges Schwizgebel and Japanese anime director Hiroyuki Yamaga -, enabling a direct comparison between European animation's auteur tendency and the aesthetic and productive models of the most innovative Japanese Studios, but also stimulating reflection on the influence of cultural backgrounds, both on an aesthetic and a thematic level, in current animation production. The comparison is made even more relevant by the fact that both authors, while characterised by their different cultural roots and by the varying methods through which they develop and produce their work, share a tendency towards technical experimentation and an inclination to represent a contemporary world in vertiginous transformation. Can cultural and individual identity still provide an anchorage point among the continuous animated metamorphoses on offer?
Through dialogue and encounters with filmmakers Georges Schwizgebel and Hiroyuki Yamaga, and scholars Thomas Basgier (Universität Zürich) and Marco Pellitteri (Università di Trento), the X Film Summer School aims to investigate the different approaches to aesthetics and narrative with which European and Japanese animation have created animated worlds which are as rooted in their cultural heritage as they are alternative and visionary compared to the "real" worlds to which they refer.
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The Film Summer School full program may be found at the website www.fss.unisi.ch
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