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The Spiritual—Functional Loop: Animation Redefined in the Digital Age

Can animation bring life to the computer? Can the computer take animation to a new horizon extending from cinema and visual art? This article starts with a scrutiny of the conventional definition of animation and its connection to the continuum of liveliness, followed by an examination of the two furthest points on that scale: lively movement, which is spiritual; and inorganic movement, which is functional. The author shows that, in the digital age, movement of various degrees of liveliness can be significant and meaningful through a wide array of motor--sensory functions. This brings about a new notion of materiality, which constructs an innovative meaning of animation. The author then argues that, when combined with the unique functions of the computer, animation can find a shortcut between the two extremes of liveliness: spirituality and functionality. Therefore, the field of animation could benefit from an expansion of its digital attributes. Finally, the author discusses a corpus of artefacts created in different historical periods and different media that exemplify the spiritual--functional loop.

  • Title (Japanese)
精神的-機能的ループ――デジタル時代に再定義されたアニメーション
  • Publish Date
2009
  • Authors
  • Publication
Animation: An Interdisciplinary Journal
  • Publication Volume
4(1)
  • Publication Page Number
77-89
  • Publication’s Website
http://anm.sagepub.com/content/4/1/77.abstract
  • DOI
10.1177/1746847708099742
  • Keywords

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