Plasmatic Transformation

Denaro, Chris & Randell, Merri (2015) Plasmatic Transformation. In AAANZ 2015 Conference: Image, Space, Body, 24-25 November 2015, QAGOMA, Brisbane, Qld. (Unpublished)


The session examines the role of the metaphysical and physical in art and animation and how this relates to natural spaces.

Soviet Russian film director and theorist Sergei Eisenstein saw animation as possessing an ability called “plasmaticity”, the capacity for a being to assume any conceivable form dynamically. He saw each being as “primordial protoplasm, not yet possessing a ‘stable’ form, but capable of assuming any form” (Eisenstein 1989, 21). He was enamoured by the capacity of animation to transform and be liberated, of being able to escape from a fixed and static identity—to embody a "rejection of the once-­‐and-­‐forever allotted form" in which we are held (Eisenstein 1989, 21). Czech Surrealist animator Jan Švankmajer uses a metaphysical approach based on a belief in animism to art and animation. He believes that objects possess a conscious life or spirit, he says ‘Objects conceal within themselves the events they’ve witnessed. I don’t actually animate objects. I coerce their inner life out of them.’ (Švankmajer in Imre 2009, 214) In this animistic world there are no boundaries or rules, no physical or conceptual restrictions; anything is possible, with inanimate objects and places able to become animate and transact in a conscious relationship with humans and each other.

This session invites artists, animators and theorists to discuss their conceptions and approaches to using visuals to promote and provoke transformation.

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ID Code: 92734
Item Type: Conference Item (Presentation)
Refereed: No
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Keywords: Animation, plasmaticity, Jan Švankmajer, Sergei Eisenstein, Stop motion
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Past > Schools > School of Media, Entertainment & Creative Arts
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2015 Chris Denaro
Deposited On: 08 Feb 2016 23:46
Last Modified: 08 Feb 2016 23:47

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