Artists Jessica Ashman, Anna Bunting-Branch, Birgitta Hosea and Michelle Kranot present their work and discuss the opportunities and challenges of working with live performance and technology. All four work with animation in their practice and are going beyond the single screen to create immersive worlds where performance is integrated into their work. Chaired by Abigail Addison, Animate Projects.
Jessica Ashman is a multidisciplinary artist working in animation and moving image. Her work focusses on creating experimental narratives that explore gender, identity and race, using traditional animation techniques, installation and performance. She is a BAFTA Scotland award winner and MA Animation graduate from the Royal College of Art. Jessica has been selected for the Berlinale Talent Campus, Edinburgh International Film Festival Talent Lab and B3 Media’s Talent Lab. As well as her arts practice, Jessica also engages in arts education, teaching at Goldsmiths and the University for the Creative Arts. She runs arts workshops for young people in institutions such as the ICA and Watts Gallery and is currently a Schools Workshop Artist at Tate Modern.
Anna Bunting-Branch is an artist and researcher based in London. Moving between different practices – including painting, writing and animation – her work explores science fiction as a methodology to re-vision feminist practice and its histories. Recent solo presentations include Warm Worlds and Otherwise, QUAD (2020) and Wysing Arts Centre (2018) and The Labours of Barren House, Jerwood Space (2017). Selected group presentations and publications include Soft Bodies (with Aliyah Hussain), Castlefield Gallery (2020); Fandom as Methodology, Goldsmiths Press (2019), _you feel me, FACT (2019); POEKHALI!, Bergen Kunsthall (2018). Anna is currently undertaking a practice-related PhD at Slade School of Fine Art, UCL, supported by the AHRC London Arts & Humanities Partnership.
Birgitta Hosea is an expanded animation artist whose work extends the moving image from the flat screen into animated installations, performance and sequential images. Recent exhibitions include National Gallery X; Venice & Karachi Biennales; Oaxaca & Chengdu Museums of Contemporary Art; InspiralLondon and Hanmi Gallery, Seoul. Currently Director of the Animation Research Centre at the University for the Creative Arts, Farnham, she was previously Head of Animation at the Royal College of Art and prior to that at Central Saint Martins, where she completed a practice-based PhD in animation as a form of performance. She has written a number of publications on experimental animation.
Michelle Kranot is an award winning artist and animation director. In her recent works she plays with VR, participatory installations (Nothing Happens, Songbird) and collaborative projects (How long not long, Suggestion of least resistance). Her practice is frequently characterised by a poetic sensibility and hand painted, fragmented narratives. Together with Uri, she is the founder of TinDrum, a research & development studio, and is the producer of ANIDOX – focused on development and production of animated documentaries. Part of The Animation Workshop, Denmark. Born in 1977, she grew up in New York, London and Tel Aviv and is the mother of four.