London International Animation Festival 2020

Edge of Frame presents: States of Emergency

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Following the sell-out success of our partnership with Edge of Frame at our last four festivals, EOF return with three curated programmes of work at the intersection of animation, experimental film and artists’ moving image. Specially curated by Edwin Rostron – the London-based artist, animator, writer, curator, editor of Edge of Frame blog and festival juror these programmes celebrate this incredibly rich and vibrant, yet often marginalised and hard to define art form.


The works in this programme were all completed in the USA during 2019-20. This profoundly turbulent and uncertain time has left its mark on each of the works, but in different ways, and some more overt than others. Animation techniques can generate a visceral sense of destabilisation, an undermining of the fluid continuity we might expect from the moving image. They can also reveal what might lie behind the surface of one’s apparent reality; hidden patterns and disturbing truths.


Animation is an artform well suited to a time of crisis, enabling the world around us to be broken up, taken apart and remade. It can also provide a space for direct and uninhibited expression where fears, dreams, questions and memories can take form and co-exist without constraint. These films contain perceptive and sometimes painful resonances with contemporary America, but beyond that they are also some of the most vital and original recent animation works from anywhere on the planet.


Please note: Some films in this programme contain flashing imagery which might affect those susceptible to photosensitive epilepsy.


With Special Thanks to the Arts Council England


Recommended age 15+

One drawing reworked and scanned frame by frame. Ink and white-out on paper, sound design by the artist.

  • Year
    2020
  • Runtime
    1 minutes
  • Country
    USA
  • Filmmaker
    Jake Fried