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International Museum Day 2019

Animation and Contemporary Art

State Gallery of Contemporary Art - SPEL

Duration: 18 May – 31 May 

Hours: 17:00- 21:00

On the cutting edge of fine art and film, some remarkable animation installations have been created in recent years. These ingenious applications of animation involve new narrative practices and new ways of experiencing moving images. Cinematic freebooting is a condition for a flourishing film culture. A free use of the possibilities of animated film and spatial or performance art and their inspirational interplay yields a unique visual language and a unique presentation. 

In recent years, the question has gained urgency to what extent artists and audiences prefer animation to be screened in a film theatre or an exhibition. Some animation comes out splendidly in exhibitions or a performance. The focus of the programming lies on accessibility. “Animation and Contemporary Art” suggests a unique frame of reference for audiences and professionals alike, meanwhile also drawing attention to the historic heritage of the animation film. 

SATURDAY, 18 MAY 2019 

- 17:00-18:00 «The art of Animation Ι» 

Screening of short animation films for families, children and young people from the age of 5.  

The film programme for families explores the treasures of the National Film Board of Canada, Canada’s public film and digital media producer and distributor. It produces groundbreaking animation at its studios, as well as¬ via international co-productions with many of the world’s leading auteur animators. The programme includes some all-time favourites, that will make you laugh and reflect at the same time. From the iconic classic The Cat Came Back to the revisited fairy tale Sleeping Betty, this programme shows a range of stories telling relationships between humans and animals.

- 18:00-19:00 «The art of Animation ΙΙ»

 Educational Programme / Workshop for children aged 5-12 years. Presentation of hand-made techniques for the creation of optical devices for animation, in paper. Please reserve in advance at tel. 99 745747 (20 participants per programme) extra date will be announced soon.

- 18:00 «Animation and Contemporary Art Ι» 

Visual arts exhibition with video and installation works, dedicated to contemporary directors who dare to expand the boundaries of animation cinema. Participating artists: LIU Yu, Pierre HÉBERT, Stuart POUND, SUN Xun , Georges SCHWIZGEBEL 

- 20:00-21:00 «Animation and Contemporary Art ΙΙ»

 Screening of animation films for adults (60’ in loop) 

Animation is an art form that fires the imagination and a technique that makes anything possible. The film programmes show a wide range of animation, from artistic entertainment to autonomous art of the international vanguard and quality animation for the whole family. The programmes cover a wide spectrum of genres, themes and techniques. They display new developments and fresh ideas, narrative and non-narrative films, funny films and committed films. Most of the films are without dialogue.

- 21:00 Party with DJ Tony Cusack

SUNDAY, 19 MAY 2019 

- 19:30 Presentation of the animation film programme and the accompanying exhibition, by the curators, Yiorgos Tsangaris and Gerben Schermer (The Netherlands). The presentation will be in English.

The exhibition and screenings will run until 31st May. 

Opening hours: Tuesday – Sunday, 17:00-21:00.

The events at the State Gallery of Contemporary Art – SPEL are presented in cooperation with the International Animation Festival of Cyprus - Animafest Cyprus Views of the World and realised through international collaborations. Curators: Yiorgos Tsangaris and Gerben Schermer (The Netherlands).