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Rough Machine Commissions have been assembled

Tue Nov 02, 2010 00:00 - Tue Nov 02, 2010

We are thrilled to announce that our five new Rough Machine commissions by Katerina Athanasopoulou, Bill Balaskas, Jordan Baseman, Chris Newby, and Edwin Rostron will be going live this month. We will be posting one up each week on APEngine from 2 November; the films will be available as a free download from iTunes from early December.

First up is Edwin Rostron’s ethereal animation, Of Unknown Origin, inspired by the Electronic Voice Phenomenon (EVP) audio recordings of Raymond Cass. Watch it here: APEngine


Notes Part I, II & III by Charlie Tweed

Wed Oct 13, 2010 00:00 - Wed Oct 13, 2010

Animate Projects is pleased to announce the online presentation of Charlie Tweed’s Notes Part I, II & III at

The Notes series is comprised of seven compelling and disturbing short videos that seem to be transmissions by a sinister powerbase who are orchestrating change on mass scale. The tightly scripted, computer generated voiceover is accompanied by fast changing images which depict the world at the edge of some kind of imminent crisis, in which both the natural environment and civil society are at risk. The visuals are collaged from ‘found’ footage - broadcast documentaries, YouTube clips, instructional videos and amateur news footage, that Tweed further distorts, making them hard to place in terms of a specific time or geographical location.

In presenting the Notes series online, Tweed is, in a sense, returning them to their source, and opening up the possibility that this wider context might well increase the confusion and paradoxes he sees to trigger in the viewer.
Notes Part I, II & III is presented by Animate Projects in association with Spike Island and Artsway. The films are being shown as a three-screen installation at Spike Island, Bristol, from 9 October - 28 November 2010.

An interview with Charlie Tweed and an essay on the Notes series by Spike Island Curator Marie-Anne McQuay accompanies the online exhibition.


AnimateTV: 20 Years of Experimental Animation from the UK

Mon Sep 13, 2010 00:00 - Wed Jul 28, 2010

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Animate Projects is thrilled to announce the release in September of a limited edition DVD of AnimateTV films.

The AnimateTV DVD draws together a unique selection of films to represent the incredible range of experimental practice accomplished in the UK in the past 20 years. The titles were chosen from over 100 innovative and challenging films made by British artists and animators for the enduring AnimateTV project.

The DVD features acclaimed works by key figures in British artists’ animation, including Phil Mulloy, Paul Bush, Sarah Cox, Tim Macmillan, Run Wrake, Petra Freeman, Ruth Lingford, Jonathan Hodgson, AL and AL, Keith Piper, Andrew Kötting, Semiconductor, Chris Shepherd, David Shrigley, Stephen Irwin and Simon Faithfull.

The illustrated booklet features essays by Adam Pugh, former Director of the Aurora Festival Norwich and Dick Arnall, former producer of the AnimateTV project.

The AnimateTV DVD is an essential collection for anyone interested in radical animation, innovative technique, and animation as a contemporary art practice.

For a taster, take a look at the trailer on Vimeo.


Rough Machine Commissions

Fri Aug 27, 2010 00:00

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Animate Projects is looking to commission three experimental works that explore the theme of the rough machine for its online magazine, and for iTunes.

In the spirit of APEngine, we’re looking for crafty provocations - antidotes to digital perfection.

We invite ideas from UK-based artists, animators and filmmakers who can craft an inventive, arresting and engagingly provocative work. We’re not looking for narrative, live action films and students aren’t eligible.

Each commission is £1,000, to include artist’s fee, all production costs and expenses.

To apply: simply email a proposal, no more than 200 words, noting the tools & processes that you would use, for a film that is around 1-3 minutes long, to Please also include your contact details and 3 or 4 web links to examples of your moving image work.

The deadline for proposals is 27 August, 5pm. The finished films must be delivered as an uncompressed QuickTime file by 20 October 2010. The films will premiere on and iTunes from November 2010.


Online premiere of Travelogue by Jani Ruscica

Fri Jun 25, 2010 00:00 - Fri Jun 25, 2010

Animate Projects is proud to announce the online premiere of Travelogue, a beautiful and haunting new film by Finnish artist Jani Ruscica.

Shot on 16mm, the eight-minute film was shot on location at Camden Arts Centre. A moving panorama unravels, but its blank white screen reveals nothing, and subtitled texts from a variety of historical and contemporary sources allude to London - a city only glimpsed from the window as the camera pans the rows of empty seats, for an audience that has not arrived.

In as essay commissioned to accompany the presentation of the film at CAC, Malin Ståhl wrote how Ruscica’s approach is like that of “an anthropologist or sociologist, posing questions about our very being in the world... places, culture identities, and how we define and communicate personal belonging.”

Ruscica deconstructs the idea of the travelogue itself as romanticised history, factual document and idealised experience. Travelogue reflects on the nature of displacement and cultural difference, and in asking how much we can ever know of an ‘other’ place, implicates the idea of ‘artist’s residency’ and the sometimes tension between the need for space, time and isolation to create work, and the desire to engage and connect.

Travelogue is co-commissioned by Animate Projects and Camden Arts Centre, with support from Arts Council England, the Finnish Institute in London and FRAME. The film was presented at Camden Arts Centre from 31 March-4 April 2010.