Persistence of Vision: Women Reframing Animation

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LG02, Professor Stuart Hall Building, Goldsmiths, University of London

80 Lewisham Way

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A one-day symposium exploring, discussing and celebrating the radical potential of women in animation.

Animation is accessible in ways other mediums are not; it breaks down cultural, social and technical boundaries and as such has a distinctive potential as a tool for education, activism and engagement. It has the power to imagine all sorts of possibilities, and as such has a unique ability to illuminate and realise radical ideas and concepts – particularly for those cultural creators traditionally excluded from creative systems of power.

​Curated by Ceiren Bell of the Department for Media, Communications and Cultural Studies and supported by MeCCSA Women’s Network, this symposium provides an inclusive space for academics, practitioners and students to investigate what it is about animation that attracts and gives space to these voices, while also asking what might be done to amplify them at industry level. It will be an opportunity to explore the subversive nature of animation and consider ways that this medium, in various forms, can be used as a critical resource to communicate, engage and engender social change.

The programme will include invited speakers, presentations and screenings with a goal of exchanging ideas and exploring animation as an empowering experiential practice and research tool. This will present an opportunity for practitioners to show and discuss their work/ works in progress in the context of animation’s distinctive radical potential.

This event is inclusive of all who identify as women – trans, non-binary and cis - and we value all voices, experiences and participants regardless of their academic standing, educational level, ethnicity, class, (dis)abilities, or employment status. We are unable to provide childcare facilities, but children are welcome to attend the conference under the supervision and responsibility of their parent(s).

Confirmed speakers/ participants:

Dr Caroline Ruddell, Senior Lecturer in Film and Television at Brunel University - keynote

Ceiren Bell, Lecturer in Animation at Goldsmiths, symposium organiser

Kate Jessop, Animation Filmmaker and Senior Lecturer in Digital Animation, University of Hertfordshire

Dr Carolyn Elerding, Assistant Professor of Women’s Studies at Wichita State University

Industry panel chaired by Jessica Ashman - animator, tutor at Goldsmiths, featuring:
Sophie Koko Gate - animator
Esther Ajibade - animator
Nush Naanayakkara - animator

Stacy Bias - Illustrator, animator and queer feminist fat activist

Sage Brice - doctoral research candidate, University of Bristol

Sally Pearce - animator and doctoral research candidate, University of Wolverhampton

Sunny Teich - Effects Artist, lecturer at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand

Terry Wragg - Director, Leeds Animation Workshop

More to be announced - follow persistence_of_vision on Instagram and join the Facebook group for updates!

Photography and filming will take place at this event. The photos/footage may be used in promotional materials, including marketing materials such as printed prospectuses, social media posts, and webpages. We may use the images for up to four years from today, in material distributed internationally. If you would rather not be featured in such material, please speak to the photographer or email media-comms@gold.ac.uk. You can read more information about how we protect personal data, and your rights, on our website at gold.ac.uk/data-protection.

Image by Jessica Ashman from her film 'Hold Tight'.

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