第四届深圳独立动画双年展

推荐展映

The 4th Shenzhen Independent Animation Biennale

Overview of the Recommended Screening Section 

 

“推荐展映”是第四届深圳独立动画双年展的主要构成之一,由独立策展人曹恺先生和南艺中国当代动画艺术资料馆执行馆长薛峰教授共同策展,并邀约了内地及港澳台地区十多位动画艺术领域的专家学者、艺术家作为作品提名人。本单元作品通过公开征集和提名人推荐两种方式取得,经过两个月的作品征集,至2018年10月8日,第四届深圳独立动画双年展“展映单元”征片结束,本届深圳动画双年展收到来自中国内地、香港、澳门、台湾、美国、法国等其他国家和地区短片约140余部,经过评选,最终选定入围作品68部。“展映单元”作为一个以剧场放映模式呈现的总展映单元,内含七个不同主题的子单元,分别是:实验剧情动画长片单元(2部);特邀艺术家动画短片单元(10部),推荐青年实验动画短片单元(20部),“小叙事”剧情动画短片单元(15部),“文本力量”延展短片单元(4部),“独帧与单格”延展短片单元(8部),“八面来风:国际及港澳实验动画单元”(9部)。


在本次双年展的“延展动画”大主题下,策展人在众多优秀的作品中甄选出20部作品参加“推荐青年实验动画短片”单元,15部作品参加“小叙事剧情动画”单元进行放映。并邀约了10部短片和2部长片作为特邀作品组成了两个艺术家作品单元。

“推荐青年实验动画”单元聚焦于当代青年对于实验精神的理解以及对现实问题的关注,这20部作品的共性体现在:探索动画新的边界以及对现实注入艺术式的注解。作品无论是在美学的选择还是技术创新等方面,都反映出跨界的意识,通过这种方式表达着某类特定而具体的生命体验或感悟,同时也展现出其作品的艺术性与可探索性,更满足本届展览对于动画延展性的探讨命题。

“小叙事剧情动画”单元则汇集了当代学院背景下基于叙事动画的创作和研究成果。作品多以动画短片式的叙事为目的,在娴熟的动画创作技法中展开实验,以艺术的陌生化体现出当下的普遍现象,风格创新、动画趣味体现充足,叙事形态各异,观点表达充分,展现了不同文化教育背景下青年艺术家多极化的思维状态以及当前的动画艺术实验的生态。

特邀的12部艺术家长短实验动画片,堪称近两年来国内动画领域顶尖创作的集大成,其中大多数作者是往届深圳独立动画双年展的参展者,有的甚至参展过多届,他们的作品不仅仅代表了深圳独立动画双年展的学术水准,也是中国独立动画创作成就的整体展示。

作为动画延展的多样性呈现,策展人特设了两个不同主题方向的延展短片单元。“文本力量”作为一个观照社会思想与历史观念的纯学术性实验短片单元,展现了自五十年代以来居依·德波“异轨电影”的图像互文模式的新发展,这是这次双年展在延展动画的学术主题上的一个研究重点。“独帧与单格”则是对动画艺术内在的延展性的一次语言实验,一方面艺术家把静帧图像做为实验主体,通过各种复杂或简单的手段将其赋予时间性的特质,将静照“动”起来;另一方面,艺术家对视频的多格图像进行手工与计算机的改写,把视频变为了动画。

这次“展映单元”的征集作品也得到一些海外和港澳台艺术机构的支持,为增加丰富性与多样性,提供了精彩纷呈的实验性动画短片作品,为此,策展人以“八面来风”为题,遴选了九部观念与语言各不相同的作品,许多作品都不仅仅是单纯的动画作品,而是具备了非动画性质的延展概念,拓展了动画艺术的观看视野和对未来前瞻的想象空间。

 
 
 

The  Recommended Screening  is jointly curated by independent curator Mr. CAO Kai and Professor XUE Feng, the executive director of art Museum of China Contemporary Animation of Nanjing University of the Arts. This section, which is one of the main components of the 4th Shenzhen Independent Animation Biennale, invited more than ten experts, scholars and artists in the field of animation art as nominators from mainland, Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan. Through nomination and two months’ of public collection, the collection of works for the “Screening Section” of the 4th Shenzhen Independent Animation Biennale completed on October 8th, 2018. This year’s Shenzhen Animation Biennale received more than 140 short films from mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, the United States, France and other countries and regions. Among them, 68 works were finalised. As a general section presented in a theater screening mode, it contains seven sub-sections of different themes, namely: Experimental Animation Drama (2 films); Invited Artist’s Animated Short Film (10 films) , Recommended Youth Experimental Animated Short Film (20 films), "Small Narrative" Animated Short Drama (15 films), "Text Power" Expanded Short Film (4 films), "Single-Frame and Stop-Motion" Expanded Short Film (8 films), "Winds from Eight Directions: International, Hong Kong and Macao Experimental Animation" (9 films).

Under the theme of “Expanded Animation” of this Biennale, the curator selected 20 works from a variety of excellent works to participate in the “Recommended Youth Experimental Animated Short Film” section, and another 15 works for the "Small Narrative" Animated Short Drama section. Additionally, 10 short films and 2 feature films are invited as special guest works, forming the section of Invited Artist’s Animated Short Film.

The “Recommended Youth Experimental Animated Short Film” section focuses on contemporary young people's understanding of the experimental spirit and concern about real-life issues. The commonalities of these 20 works are reflected in exploring new boundaries of animation and injecting artistic annotations into reality. The works reflect the cross-border consciousness in terms of aesthetic choices and technological innovations. In this way, they express a certain kind of specific and particular life experience, sentiment or insight, and also show the artistry and potential for exploration of their works, which are in line with and further bring out the discussion on the animation extensibility in this exhibition.

The "Small Narrative" Animated Short Drama section brings together the creation and research achievements on narrative animation in the context of contemporary academic background. Most of the works in this section are narrative-oriented animated short films, carrying out experiments through skillful animation techniques. In these works, the unfamiliarity of art is employed to reflect the current common phenomenon and the innovation in style and interest in animation are sufficiently presented. Their narrative forms vary, yet opinions are all fully expressed. This section shows the multi-polarized thinking state of young artists from different cultural and education backgrounds, as well as the ecology of current animation art experiments.

The 12 experimental animated features and short films brought by the specially invited artists are the essence in the domestic animation field over the past two years. Most of the artists have their works exhibited on the previous Shenzhen Independent Animation Biennales, and some even participated for multiple times. Their works not only represent the academic level of the Shenzhen Independent Animation Biennale, but also consitutue an overall display of China's independent animation creation achievements.

For the purpose of displaying the diversity of animation expansion, the curator arranged two expanded short film sections with different themes. "Text Power", as a purely academic experimental short film section that observes social thoughts and historical concepts, shows the advancements of the image’s intertextual mode of Guy Debord’s “détournement film” since the 1950s, and it also serves as a research focus of this Biennale on the academic theme of expanded animation. "Single-Frame and Stop-Motion" is a language experiment on the inherent extensibility of animation art. On the one hand, the artist uses the still frame image as the experimental subject, and gives it characteristics of time through various complicated or simple means and to “move” the static photo; on the other hand, the artist rewrites the multi-image of the video by handwork or computer, turning the video into an animation.

The collection of the "Screening Section" has also been supported by some overseas art institutions and those from Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan, whose participation enrich and diversify the pool, providing a variety of experimental animated short films. Thus, the curator selected nine works with different concepts and languages under the theme "Winds from Eight Directions". Many of them are not mere animation works, but also bear the stretched concept pointing to the nature beyond animation, expanding the horizon of the animated art and the future outlook and imagination.