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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 tess@manifestanimation.com to volunteer.

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Manifest countdown: Eva Wijers!

I’m looking forward to our next animation discussion event here in Rotterdam on Tuesday, March 6th (as usual, at WORM – 20:00 sharp!). Last week we met programmer Jeroen Witjes who will be sharing with us an animation he finds inspiring. Let’s meet our second show & tell-er, animator Eva Wijers:

“My name is Eva Wijers and I’m currently studying Animation at the Master Institute of AKV St. Joost. For me this means I’m back, because I also did my bachelor Fine Arts over there (although that was in Breda, and the St Joost Master programs have since moved to Den Bosch). I started out as an illustration student, but eventually graduated in 2008 with a multi screen video installation. Since then I’ve been working as an artist in varied disciplines but eventually came back to my first love: drawing.

Illustration by Eva Wijers

For me drawing is a tool to make sense of how humans function. I try to create clarity by capturing complex issues in elementary line drawings (and now also animations) that are often absurd. My visual style is very direct and self-reflective; the medium is really part of the work itself. That self-reflectiveness is also the aspect I find most appealing in animation. Themes that recur in my work are (ab)normality, self-consciousness and the human body. I’ll probably keep drawing human figures all my life, in a quest to reveal their true nature.

Illustration by Eva Wijers

Eva Wijers’ work in the Leeszaal Rotterdam West

Next to my independent work, I work as an illustrator and teacher in video and animation. I’m also the artistic leader and programmer of ZienInNoord, a cinema for kids in Rotterdam Noord.”

Watch one of Eva’s animated shorts from her Master below – really simple and clever!

What will Eva bring to share? You’ll have to come to find out!

See you Tuesday, March 6th, at 20:00, at WORM! Here is the Facebook event, the WeOwnRotterdam listing and here it is on the WORM site. 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!

Manifest countdown: Jeroen Witjes!

We will be back at WORM in Rotterdam on Tuesday, March 6th to share and discuss animation that inspires us (or makes us angry! Or makes us think!). We start at 20:00 sharp. Each evening three people are pre-selected to bring a clip (that they didn’t create themselves). These people can be animators but don’t have to be (and often aren’t)! Like our first show & tell-er for March, programmer Jeroen Witjes:

“I’m a young professional in the world of film and media festivals, based in Utrecht. Currently I’m part of the programming team at the Holland Animation Film Festival (HAFF) and coordinator of the student programme at the Impakt Festival. For the 2017 edition of HAFF, I was partly responsible for the selection of the competition for Dutch animation, the special programmes and was the one in charge of the logistical execution of the special events and programmes, both inside and outside the festival. If you were at HAFF last year, you probably saw me running around somewhere.

Holland Animation Film Festival collage

Even though I’m not a creator himself, I have been involved in the analysis of film and gaming since high school, when I started writing for several Dutch and Belgian gaming websites and started writing film reviews for the local school paper. During college, I broadened my theoretical horizon further by focusing on Film and Television Studies with a minor in Game Studies at Utrecht University. As part of my studies I did an internship with HAFF, which threw me headfirst into the world of experimental animation and animation art, which I still love and explore till this day.

I love finding new, weird stuff and am constantly looking to find the next big innovation in the field of animation, whether it be in film or gaming.”

Some examples of things Jeroen likes are included below (and all have been shared at Manifest, coincidentally!):

What will he bring to share? You’ll have to come to find out!

See you Tuesday, March 6th, at 20:00, at WORM! Here is the Facebook event, the WeOwnRotterdam listing and here it is on the WORM site. 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!

Announcing Manifest: Tues, March 6th!

Graphics by Oana Clitan

After a short break for February due to generally busy schedules, we will be back at WORM on Tuesday, March 6th! 20:00 sharp start (as usual, enter at Wunderbar and walk through to the stairs at the back).
I’ve still got a few spots left to show & tell! Do you have an animation (that you didn’t make yourself) that you’d like to share with others? Email me at tess@manifestanimation.com to sign up! Or send a FB message to the Manifest FB page. You don’t have to be an animator to share an animation!
Thank you to Oana Clitan for designing our graphics every month!

Manifest is a regular animation show & tell evening. 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.

Here is the Facebook event and it will soon be up on the WORM site. Not on Facebook or Twitter? I suggest you sign up for our e-newsletter to be reminded of the next event.

Manifest is always free, open to the public, and in English!

Photos from January Manifest!

Thank you all for coming last night! And especially to Gerben Agterberg, Yoana Buzova and Dan Méth for participating and bringing clips to share! We talked about animation that addresses serious subjects from a child’s perspective, how the choice of technique helps or hinders the storytelling, how the choice of limited or inconsistent frames-per-second affects our enjoyment of a piece (or not), animated films about oppression or totalitarianism, late 1970s Russian animation that used the ‘photographica’ technique, and rotoscoping! Every link we looked at has been posted on our FB page, the direct link is here.

Thanks as usual to Loretta Hodos for taking our photos! Our next event will be Tuesday, March 6th (yes, you will have to live without us in February). See you then! Follow us on Facebook or Twitter, or sign up for our once-monthly e-newsletter!

Photo by Loretta Hodos.

Gerben Agterberg. Photo by Loretta Hodos.

Yoana Buzova, photo by Loretta Hodos.

Dan Meth, photo by Loretta Hodos.

Manifest countdown: Gerben Agterberg!

Hope everyone is having an excellent and non stressful holiday period! Don’t forget to get yourself to WORM on Thursday, January 4th for our first Manifest of 2018! We’ve already met Dan Méth and Yoana Buzova, let’s meet our third show & tell-er, animator Gerben Agterberg:

“I’m an independent and freelance stop-motion animator and, as a visual thinker, the design is the most important aspect to me. Through the right design I strive to create worlds which support the message of the film; the content and the form can in this way complement each other. My work is characterized by craftsmanship, knowledge of materials and an eye for detail. To achieve the best result and tell the story right, I combine stop-motion animation with other techniques like hand-drawn animation, cut-out and computer animation. I’m fascinated by movement in nature and try to translate this in my animations. Alongside my work as an animator, I make kinetic installations in which movement plays a central role.

The last project I worked on was a play called ‘De Duik‘ (in English: ‘The Dive’) produced by Hofpleintheater Rotterdam, for which I made 65 minutes of background video, including stop-motion animation. (See this time lapse video below!)

I’ve also recently worked on the sets and props of the feature stop-motion animation ‘Hakkebakkebos‘ and the television series ‘George and Paul‘ at Pedri Animation. At the moment I’m working on the moving-storyboards of two feature film projects at Ka-Ching Cartoons.”

One of the sets for the feature film ‘Hakkebakkebos’

What animation does Gerben find inspiring? Come to Manifest to find out!

See you Thursday, January 4th, at 20:00, at WORM! Here is the Facebook event, the WeOwnRotterdam listing and here it is on the WORM site. 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!

Manifest countdown: Yoana Buzova!

I’m looking forward to our next animation discussion event, Thursday, January 4, 2018! Last week we met (refreshed our memories, actually, since he is a repeat show & tell-er) animation director and cartoonist Dan Méth. Let’s meet our second brave contributor:
Йоана Бузова / Yoana Buzova is an interdisciplinary artist and educator, passionate about public space and short-lived, neglected moments and objects. She employs low-tech, DIY methods, found and repurposed material to make useless urban in.ter.ventions that interrupt passers-by and engage them in temporary fictions. She also works (though less frequently these days) as a stop-motion animator and has collaborated often with Den Haag-based animator Rogier Wieland. In 2014 she completed the Master’s program at the Piet Zwart Institute in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. She is a proud member of the The Tip Top Orchestra, the first amateur avant-garde orchestra, as well as of the Filmwerkplaats, Rotterdam.”

‘Street Compositions’ by Yoana Buzova

Yoana’s body of work is quite broad, but here are a few examples that I think exemplify her approach: ‘Street Compositions’ is a project about encoding and decoding, which unknowingly enlists the help of Yoana’s neighbors in creating a musical tune.

‘Street Compositions’ by Yoana Buzova

She goes into more detail on her website, but the short version is that as the neighbors turn on the lights in their houses, Yoana records this lighting change in a graphic, which is turned into a punch card, which is, in turn, fed into a custom-made music box. The resulting tune is then a soundscape of urban behaviour. Really fun!

MY Browsers from oyo on Vimeo.

Another interesting project is ‘MY open hours’, an application that subjects your internet browser to opening hours. You can choose from four different sets of time when your browser will be available: weekdays during regular business hours, only during the night, off-peak or only on the weekends. It really made me think – how would your behaviour change if your browser was like a regular shop, and you had to consciously think about when you were going to surf? This project was created in collaboration with Matthias Hurtl.

And finally, Yoana is involved in a collaborative project called ‘Guerilla Film Making’, where the traditional forms of film are challenged: custom-made films are projected simultaneously in public, outdoor locations, becoming more of a performance than a cinema experience.

Yoana will show an excerpt from a stop-motion animation called “Konservfilm” (1990) the first and until recently only Bulgarian film that was nominated for an Oscar. “Konservfilm” is a is an ironic allegory, a fable about propaganda, dictatorship, oppressed society, revolution, change of political regimes, and control over the masses…
Interesting how the film Yoana wants to show also has to do with behaviour and society!

See you Thursday, January 4th, at 20:00, at WORM! Here is the Facebook event, the WeOwnRotterdam listing and here it is on the WORM site. 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!

Manifest countdown: Dan Méth!

Before the winter holidays engulf us completely, let’s remember that our first animation discussion event of 2018 will be 4 days after the new year, on Thursday, January 4th! We will of course again be at WORM just off the Witte de Withstraat in Rotterdam. At Manifest we hear from three people who like animation (but aren’t necessarily animators themselves) and we watch and discuss! It’s super fun!

Our first show & tell-er on Jan 4 will be cartoonist and animation director Dan Méth, who hails from NYC but has made his home in Leiden since early last year. Dan participated in Manifest in June of 2016 where he shared an awesome 80s music video by the Italian band Righeira. I’m sure what he brings this time will be equally vivacious.

But who is Dan?

Dan makes videos, GIFs, illustrations, comics and other things that have a tendency to go viral. Recently he’s been making illustrations and GIFs for Buzzfeed.

Dan was also Artist in Residence at the Klik! Amsterdam Animation Festival in 2016:

Illustration of KLIK’s Frankie mascot by Dan Méth

AND he’s been writing and directing some clips for This is Polaris, one of Disney’s (yes, THAT Disney) YouTube channels. This happens to be animated by Dutch animation collective (and friends of Manifest) Brontomus!

So what animation will Dan bring to share this time? Come to find out!

See you Thursday, January 4th, at 20:00, at WORM! Here is the Facebook event, the WeOwnRotterdam listing and it will soon be up on the WORM site. 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!

Announcing Manifest: January 4, 2018!

Graphics by Oana Clitan

Our first animation discussion event of 2018 will take place on Thursday, January 4th at WORM at 20:00! (enter at Wunderbar and walk through to the stairs at the back).

Have an animation (that you didn’t make yourself) that you’d like to share? Email me at tess@manifestanimation.com to sign up! Or send a FB message to the Manifest FB page.
Thank you to Oana Clitan for designing our graphics every month!

Manifest is a regular animation show & tell evening. 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.

Here is the Facebook event and it will soon be up on the WORM site. Not on Facebook or Twitter? I suggest you sign up for our e-newsletter to be reminded of the next event.

Manifest is always free, open to the public, and in English!

Photos from November Manifest!

Another smashing evening on Tuesday! Thanks so much to Colin DassenJoseph Wallace and Sasha Herman for sharing animated clips and generating stimulating discussion. We talked about 80’s anime and the trend of man vs. machine, stop-motion where the act of animation itself is referenced, and how that subject is explored through puppetry and other animation techniques as well, and films that focus on seemingly mundane, repetitive actions like walking or jumping and the effect that produces. Every link we looked at can be found here.

Thanks again to Loretta Hodos for taking our pictures! Our next event will be in January, check back here, or keep an eye on our Facebook or Twitter for the date announcement (or sign up for our once-monthly e-newsletter!).

Photo by Loretta Hodos.

Colin Dassen, photo by Loretta Hodos.

Photo by Loretta Hodos.

Joseph Wallace shares his inspiration. Photo by Loretta Hodos.

Photo by Loretta Hodos.

Sasha Herman in the hot seat. Photo by Loretta Hodos.

Manifest countdown: Sasha Herman!

Our next animation discussion event will be in less than a week on Tuesday, November 28th at WORM! For the uninitiated, Manifest is a monthly participatory screening where we hear from three animation fans, watch some clips and share our opinions. A fews weeks ago we met our first show & tell-er, animator Colin Dassen, and a few days ago we met special visiting animator Joseph Wallace, who happens to be coming through Rotterdam from the UK. Let’s meet our final show & tell-er!

Sasha Herman is an artist living and working in the Netherlands. Having grown up in England, he moved to Amsterdam in 2012 and began his studies at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy.

Though Sasha was originally a painter, during his time at the Rietveld, he began to branch out. His work became much more conceptually orientated and he began experimenting with video, installation, graphic design and performance art. As his time at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy began to draw to a close, Sasha began to follow his fascination with animation, and the idea of inanimate things coming to life through the medium of photography. After exploring this subject and creating a range of animated projects and works, Sasha Herman graduated in the summer of 2016 with his work Élan Vital, an animated film installation.

Élan Vital, was well received and featured in a number well publicized exhibitions, including Best of Graduates at the Ron Mandos Gallery Amsterdam, This Art Fair at the Beurs van Berlage and Vincent op Vrijdag at the Van Gogh Museum.

Since graduating the Gerrit Rietveld Academy Sasha Herman has been continuing his exploration of the art of animation and he has also helped form an artist collective called MADLAB with three other Rietveld graduates. MADLAB is just moving into a new studio in the north of Rotterdam and I’m sure we’re all invited to the opening party.

Poster from MADLAB’s inauguration show in Amsterdam a few months ago.

What animation will Sasha bring to share? Come to find out!

See you Tuesday, November 28th, at 20:00, at WORM! 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!