Contemporary animation, Zlín Exhibition Object of animation. Third sense. The Regional Visual Art Gallery in Zlín, 30th September – 15th November 2009
Concept: F. Cenek, J. Havlíček, M. Mazanec
Authors: F. Cenek & J. Havlíček, M. Kohout, R. Přikryl, P. Sceranková, P. Strouhal, J. Šrámek, V. Takáč, M. Vančát, V. Vaněk, J. Žalio
The opening is on Tuesday, 29th September, at 5 p.m.
Selection of ten works outlines levels of meanings of visual animation that moves about the boundary of film and visual art systems. There is apparent lack of subject or processes of animation in some of the exhibited works. Features of animation are being searched for. Analogously to smell, touch or taste that convey information without any visual sensation, other media than media of moving images imprint information about animation processes. The exhibition called Object of animation. Third sense. is about the possibility to transfer the animation process into a dialogue between the object of animation and the resulting image. They are defined through animation, which is analogous to the function of olfactory, gustatory, and tactile sensations. Videos, objects, installations, and architecture of the exhibition itself specify animation options of the chosen works. Concept of the exhibition was consulted with the Canadian film and new media theoretician, Laura U. Marks. Translation of her text about semiotic aspects of digital image, How Electrons Remember, from 1999 is issued as a part of the catalogue for the first time in the Czech version. The exhibition asks questions, such as under what circumstances are the animation processes a mere representation of a concrete model, moving image, animation technique, or their combinations. The exhibition itself has been attributed the "third sense", which leaves its system open for individual interpretation.