February 2015 Theme (deadline Friday 23rd January)

Abstract or non-figurative animation was the focus of much attention in the 1980s when Russett and Starr published their key text on the form and up and coming animators of the time (1988). The book formed the basis of a useful discussion, however it remains one of the few books on the subject and is consequently quite dated. Perhaps due to changing distribution and festival schedules, changing audience demands, or the dominance of the narrative driven, child centric, mainstream figurative work, there is a distinct lack of discussion of experimental work in animation studies generally.

This month we invite posts, which seek to address some of these gaps and can include, but are not limited to:

  • Re-appraisals of historic work/practitioners
  • Reviews of new/recent work
  • Discussions of audience perceptions of non-figurative or non-narrative animation.
  • The role of the experimental practitioner in contemporary animation.
  • The place of experimentation in education.

Any aspects of these, or other areas will be welcome.


Posts of between 300 and 500 words, which discuss any aspect of the above topic, are welcome.  Contributors are especially encouraged to include clips and images to support their posts.  Please also include a short bio to accompany the post. All permissions are the responsibility of the contributor. Please contact the editor with submissions or questions.