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Festival of Non-screen Animation

Patrick K.-H. Tommy D. Since 2010 (ongoing). Installation, animation. Courtesy of the artist

When something new appears in the mediaspace, sooner or later it gets a name, which comprehends the definition of the phenomenon. It is then important that the name does not impose hampering limitations, but only facilitates clearer thought expression.

This is how (UN)imation came into existence—the definition, which is an immediate reference to animation, literally meaning enlivening, vivification, but which emphasizes the negative particle "un-", making us understand it is not that simple.

(UN)imation is a new form of art phenomena, which in its use of animation language does not consider the mainstream, but rather like Dadaism follows its own preferences and its own inner, subjective logic, not ashamed of its absurdities.

(UN)imation became vulnerable to momentary emotional states, turning animators into expressionist artists, for whom it is possible to express themselves here and now. Animation, which ceased to be a studio production, acquired the ability to become an everyday practice, close to autonomic writing in its stream of consciousness speed.

The days when animation was chained to movie theaters and TV-sets, those days are long gone. Enough experience was gained for animation to find its own voice, and, when it reached maturity, to make a decision to break free from the flatness of the screen and to disperse in random directions, of which we want to trace in the framework of this project. That’s why the issue of exposition is emphasized. The exhibition space, paying special attention to the environment of each animation, is going to resemble a boarding house of animated installations, where all the most whimsical requests of its lodgers are carefully accounted for.

Patrick K.-H. & Asya Mukhina

Moscow Museum of Modern Art,

July 2, 2014

On June 24 and 25, 4th Moscow International Biennale for Young Art began. 3069 applications by artists under 35 from 84 countries of the world were submitted for the competition, which lasted from November 2013 through March 2014. David Elliott, Artistic Director of the Biennale, proposed the motto A Time for Dreams as the general theme, and curated the main Biennale project, which presented works by 83 artists from 32 countries of the world.

June 17, 2014

The educational program of the Biennale, curated by Antonio Geusa and coordinated by Ekaterina Razdumina, is entitled Wise Advice, and aims at helping young artists to find answers to various questions that concern their creative growth and career development.