Are you an animation fan, and would like to see and learn something new? Do you love to hear about what animators find inspiring? Come to Manifest!
Each evening we hear from three animators or animation fans who each present a 5-minute clip from an animation film that inspires them (that they didn’t create themselves). They share with the audience what it is and why they chose it, and then the audience contributes to a twenty-minute discussion about the clip, looking up other clips on the fly, moderated by your host, animator Tess Martin. All the presentations together last about 90 mins, followed by beer. Manifest is always free, open to the public and in English. Bring a friend!
Do you know an animated film that blew you away the first time you saw it? Are you interested in presenting at this or future editions of Manifest? Email email@example.com to volunteer.
Maarten Kok and Sietse Koenders from United Enterprise
Alright, we’re back! Get ready for the next rockin’ animation discussion event in Rotterdam, March 7th at WORM (20:00 start, and FREE, as usual). Let’s meet our first show & teller, and this will actually be a duo this time (first time for everything!):
They call themselves United Enterprise. They used to be graphic designers. But now, they’re getting dirty hands, cuts and scratches making extraordinary, explanatory videos with a distinctive conceptual approach and a strong visual language.
Maarten Kok and Sietse Koenders are inspired by a classic, cinematic approach to filmmaking. This results in a unique and tactile style and objects being treated as actors. Besides videos that explain, United Enterprise also do music videos and self initiated projects.
Indeed, check out their inspiring music video for Dutch band Wolvon:
After a long winter break Manifest: Animation Show & Tell will be back at WORM in Rotterdam on Tuesday, March 7th (20:00 start). We should be back in our usual space above the stairs, through the glass doors at the back. I’ve still got a few open spots for our three show & tell-ers (remember, show & tell-ers don’t show their own work, only work that inspires them), so if you’re interested in participating, email me at tess[at]manifestanimation.com.
Thank you to Oana Clitan for designing our graphics every month!
Manifest is a regular animation show & tell evening in Rotterdam. Just like the show & tell exercise you may have done at school, three pre-selected participants bring an animation clip that they love (that they didn’t create themselves) and they share with the audience what it is and why they chose it. The audience contributes to a twenty-minute discussion about the clip, looking up other clips on the fly, moderated by your host, animator Tess Martin.
Thanks all for coming last Wednesday to our special two-year anniversary event, and contributing your points of view to another fun animation-filled evening!
We talked about live action influence on stop-motion animation, making animation vs. making art objects/installations/performances, and mixing a 2D physical aesthetic with 3D techniques. As usual every single link we looked at has been posted on our Facebook page, you can find last week’s list here.
These discussion topics were brought up by clips shared by animators Simon Scheiber,Viviane Strik and artist Katharina D. Martin. Thanks for volunteering! And thank you also to Robert-Jonathan Koeyers for taking these beautiful pictures. We will be taking a 3 month long winter break while I am out of town, so our next event will probably be in early March. In the meantime, it’s never too early to volunteer, either as a show & tell-er or as photographer. All roles involve free beer! Email me at tess[at]manifestanimation.com if interested.
Last week we met artist and educator Katharina D. Martin, and before that we met stop-motion animator Simon Scheiber, two of our show & tell-ers at our two year anniversary Manifest event on Wednesday, November 30th. Let’s meet our third show & tell-er, freelance animator Viviane Strik.
A quick note that we will be in a slightly different room within the WORM complex this month. Look out for the signs pointing you to the Slash Gallery space, two doors down from the Wunderbar entrance in the Boomgaardsstraat. When you see the balloons, you’ll know you’ve reached the right place.
In 1996/1997 Viviane Strik studied at the Willem de Kooning Academy and immediately after graduating with her HAVO diploma she continued in the applied direction of Illustration. In the 2nd year she made the switch to what was a brand new concentration at that time: animation. She learned the trade from great teachers, in particular Adriaan Lokman. Viviane graduated in 2002 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (animation) from the WDKA, and her graduation film ‘De bozige bij’ was nominated for the Rotterdamse Kunst Stichting Drempelprijs that same year.
This film led to Viviane making contact with Ronald Ligtenberg who had just started organizing a music festival for deaf and hearing people. Viviane developed the visual aspect of the first edition called ‘Deaf Valley’. This was a great success and was soon followed by the second edition, Sense, which eventually became the definitive Sencity Festival. Viviane was the VJ and art director for nine editions. Sencity is an event that is still organized around the world.
From 2003 Viviane has worked as a freelance animator on various animated film projects in the Netherlands. After running several animation workshops she decided to expand her teaching skills and in 2007 she completed a post-graduate teaching qualification as a Professional Artist in the classroom, also known as BIK. In 2009 she organized the ‘Ranimatie‘ animated film festival at Lantaren/Venster. In 2013 she developed the analog animation installation Popmotion with Rens Geubbels for the Into The Great Wide Open festival. After a break to focus on her family, Viviane is now back to being a full time freelance animator.
So happy to have Viviane join us on Wednesday. She will be showing a really interesting piece that mixes watercolor elements with computer animation techniques.
See you Wednesday, November 30th, at 20:00, at WORM (remember we will be in the Slash Gallery space, two doors down from the Wunderbar entrance in the alley)! Here is the Facebook event, the WORM listing and the WeOwnRotterdam listing. You can also sign up for our monthly e-mail, and don’t forget that Manifest is on Twitter, @ManifestRoffa! Manifest is always open to the public, FREE and in English!
I’m looking forward to our next animation discussion event, on Wednesday, November 30th at WORM. Remember, this will be our last event before a three-month break, and is also our two-year anniversary! So I hope to see you there to make it a smashing one.
Last week we met stop-motion animator Simon Scheiber, who will be bringing a clip to share. Let’s meet our second show & tell-er:
Katharina D. Martin studied Media Art in Germany and the Netherlands and is course coordinator in the department Moving Image at the AKI ArtEZ Academy in Enschede. Based in Rotterdam, she creates objects, installations and videos to dovetail narration and materiality. Katharina is also a philosopher and a fellow researcher at the Cluster of Excellence ‘Image Knowledge Gestaltung’ at the Humboldt University in Berlin.
Headpiece for ‘Roßkur’ performance, 2011.
Katharina’s work is very diverse. Above is a headpiece worm by Katharina in her performance titled ‘Roßkur‘ from 2011. The German expression Roßkur (horse treatment) refers to a medical treatment with the help of drastic and controversial methods. Below is a still from the documentation of the performance, where Katharina wore the headpiece on her head, along with clunky shoes on her feet that produced a sound like hooves when stepping.
Still from Roßkur (2011) by Katharina D. Martin.
Below is a video she created and performed in called “we are the REAL doll,” a satire about an unknown super heroine, dressed in a costume made entirely from plastic sex dolls:
Katharina is introducing more animation into the Moving Image course she leads at the ArtEZ Academy in Eschede. This is a relatively new program that combines theory and philosophy with practical assignments. What animation will she share at Manifest? Come to find out!
Our next animation discussion event will be on Wednesday, November 30th, again at WORM in Rotterdam.
This will be our last event for at least two (probably 3) months, as I take a break to go on an artist residency in Denmark. It also happens to be our two-year anniversary! Some come on by and celebrate. Let’s meet the first of our three show & tell-ers:
Born in Austria in 1985, Simon Scheiber taught himself how to design and animate at a young age. After working for several design studios in Europe, he founded Trim Tab and started working on commissioned and self-initiated projects. His debut short The Lighthouse, which he worked on for more than 7 years, has been shown at over 30 international film festivals.
Watch the trailer and see some behind-the-scenes photos of this beautiful-looking film below. The film is 11 minutes long and should be out on the internet soon.
Mark your calendars for our next Manifest: Animation Show & Tell event on Wednesday, November 30th at WORM, start time 20:00. This is our two-year anniversary! Well, technically it was last month, but better late than never. Funny to think that we’ve been doing this almost every single month since October 2014. This will also be our last event before we take a few months’ break for the winter, so I hope to see you there. Thank you to Oana Clitan for designing our graphics every month!
Are you interested in sharing an animated clip you love? Remember, you don’t have to be an animator to share! Email me at tess[at]manifestanimation.com to sign up to be one of our three presenters.
Thanks all for coming on Thursday and contributing your opinions and knowledge to another fun evening! We talked about animation for adults within the mainstream studio industry, within the independent scene, and within documentary animation. We also talked about movies that never got made or took a long time to finish. As usual every single link we looked at has been posted on our Facebook page, you can find the list here.
These discussion topics were prompted by clips shared by animators Viviane Leezer, Aser Perez and Elly Bouman. Thanks for volunteering! And thank you also to Robert-Jonathan Koeyers for taking these beautiful pictures. Our next event will probably be on November 29th, or around there, and I am looking for 3 show & tell-ers as well as a photographer. All roles involve free beer! Email me at tess[at]manifestanimation.com to volunteer!
“I graduated in August 2008 as animator at St Joost Academy of Arts and Design. During my study I got fascinated with stop-motion animation. Especially with stop-motion on multi-plane with clay, paper and natural materials. A frequently recurring theme in my work is the border of fantasy and reality. People live in all kinds of worlds and I am really curious to these worlds.”
Elly is a talented animator who also does illustrations, sometimes using her multi-plane for that purpose also:
Illustration by Elly Bouman.
Watch Elly’s graduation film from St Joost in 2009, called Diorama:
Elly has a really interesting conversation starter in store for us tonight, don’t miss it!
A few days ago we met Aser Perez, who will be sharing an animated clip he finds inspiring at our next Manifest event, coming up fast on Thursday, October 20th. Next up, let’s meet Dutch animator and illustrator Viviane Leezer, graduate from the WdKA in Rotterdam, and also the MA of Animation Masters at St Joost:
“I’m Viviane Leezer, an illustrator and animator born and raised in the Netherlands. Currently I have my own design studio, Studio VLI, in Leiden.
Like most artists, my interests for art & design started out early in my youth. The only difference was that I used to be deaf, which only enhanced my intrigue for design, in particular for story based visuals. Due to not being able to talk or hear at that time, I was only able to communicate with my surroundings through my drawings. Hence I discovered early the power of communication and the impact that art can have on others and on the self.
Animated GIF from Viviane’s TedEd project (watch it below)
Later in life, I recovered my hearing through a surgical operation, but the impact of design never left me. It felt like a natural course of action to follow design as a career path.Going into the animation industry, though, was unusual, as originally I am an illustrator. I discovered my love for animation by accident while doing my internship during my Illustration Bachelor. My internship was at the Sports Fashion company Brunotti. While I was making prints there, the staff also asked me if I was open to making movies for them, so as to present the products to the sales departments. While I was making the movies I discovered how much fun it was to make animations. It inspired me to do the Animation Master in Breda at AVK/St Joost after I graduated from my Illustration Bachelor at the WDKA in Rotterdam.”
Viviane’s graduation project from her Illustration Bachelor was actually a short film called Crescendo (watch it below). It was exhibited in China at the Wuhan Museum and other galleries. More information about this exhibit here.
The installation of paintings from Viviane’s film Crescendo.
The installation of paintings from Viviane’s film Crescendo.