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Animation of the Unconsciousness: CalArts and the Teachings of Jules Engel

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Monday, October 10 @ 8:30pm



Animation of the Unconsciousness: CalArts and the Teachings of Jules Engel

Founded and directed by Jules Engel (1909?2003), the CalArts Film Graphics Program (later called ?Experimental Animation?) sought to push the boundaries of animation. Through his teaching, and the example of his own work, Engel fostered the emergence of a new form of animation?freewheeling, transgressive, and imaginative. What happens when an animator follows a line, a patch of color, or a shape into the unconscious? What wild images would emerge; how could one image lead to another? What can we learn about art and the human condition from these brave forays into the unknown depths of the mind? Such were the questions posed by Engel?s own films?Shapes and Gestures (1976), Wet Paint (1977), Hors d?oeuvre (1978)?and by the students carrying his legacy: Kathy Rose (Mirror People, 1974), Adam Beckett (Flesh Flows, 1974), Dennis Pies/Sky David (Aura-Corona, 1974), Henry Selick (Phases, 1978), Lisze Bechtold (Moon Breath Beat, 1980), and others.



 

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Animation