This article addresses three issues of what I suggest here should be regarded as the shifting technological and matter-based apparatus of animation: first, the meanings and affect of objects and materials
actually used in animated films; second, the visual dramaturgy made possible by objects and materials for animation screenwriters; and, third, the status of animation process materials as archival objects. The analysis
looks at a number of animated films and specifically at their design form, material association, and narrative function to define what I will call the “scripted artefact”, and an “Animated Object Cycle”. This overview will also operate in a spirit of thinking about theories of practice and practices of theory in animation, and refer to both established theoretical perspectives as well as primary practice idioms.
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Published inKeynote: ‘Under the Radar’ Symposium, Webster University and Wien Culture, MuseumQuartier, Vienna, Austria, March 2015
Volume‘Chairy Tales: Object and Materiality in Animation’ in Yuanyuan Chen & L.Rascaroli (eds) Alphaville: On-Line Journal of Film and Screen Media, Issue 8 Winter 2014: Animation at the Cutting Edge’; http://www.alphavillejournal.com/ unpaginated.
CitationWELLS, P., 2015. ‘Chairy tales: Objects and materiality in animation’. Alphaville, Iss. 8 Winter 2014.
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NotesThis paper was a Keynote presentation at the : ‘Under the Radar’ Symposium, Webster University and Wien Culture, MuseumQuartier, Vienna, Austria, March 2015. This is an Open Access Article. It is published by Alphaville under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 -NonCommercial-NoDerivatives Licence (CC BY-NC-ND). Full details of this licence are available at: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/