Materials Lab Workshop: Direct Animation & Cameraless Filmmaking


Tuesday, March 20, 2018, 2:00pm


Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy St., Cambridge, MA
In this workshop, Grant Hamming, the Inga Maren Otto Curatorial Fellow in the Harvard Art Museums’ Division of Academicand Public Programs, and Jessica Bardsley, filmmaker and Ph.D. candidate in film and visual studies at Harvard, will offer an overview of the historical and technical contexts of experimental filmmaking in post-WWII Germany. Participants will view a sampling of direct animation films, then experiment with a range of cameraless animation techniques on 16mm film to create their own visual segments inspired by a musical score. The experience will emphasize and exploit the material properties of a variety of film stocks. Participants will have the opportunity to edit and splice animated segments into a collaborative film sequence. Offered in conjunction with the special exhibition Inventur—Art in Germany 1943–55, on view at the Harvard Art Museums through June 3, 2018. The workshop is part of a series of direct animation and cameraless filmmaking workshops offered throughout the spring. All of the animations by participants in the workshops will be combined to create a short film showcasing the breadth and depth of creativity inspired by the medium, and will be screened in Menschel Hall on May 3, 2018, with live musical accompaniment.

$15 materials fee. Registration is required and payment must be made in advance. Please email or stop by the museums’ admissions desk to register. Space is limited to 15 participants. Minimum age of 14.

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