Artists have been using animation as a medium for decades. In recent years, however, animation has become more popular, and has developed into an important artistic discipline. The Turku Art Academy has a nationally important and internationally acclaimed study programme in animation. The year 2011 is a suitable moment to examine the role of animation both as part of Finnish and international art, and as an independent art form.
Animate is part of the official 2011 Capital of Culture programme and it is being produced in cooperation with the Turku Art Museum, the Pori Art Museum and the Animation Degree Programme at the Arts Academy at Turku University of Applied Sciences.
In Turku, the series is exhibited at the Darkroom of Turku Art Museum and in Pori Animate is being shown in Pori Art Museum’s MEDIApoint.
Turku Art Museum, Darkroom
The series was kicked off at the Darkroom of Turku Art Museum with Estonian animation director Priit Pärn, one of the most prestigious animation artists in the world and a central force driving animation education at the Turku Arts Academy towards global recognition.
During the spring, animators from the Turku Anikists Association will present their own collection of animations. During the summer, the Darkroom will introduce British visual artist David Shrigley, who has selected animation as the channel for his artistic output. Autumn will kick off with Swedish visual artist Lars Arrhenius, followed by an exhibition by the animators of the Animation Crank Handle Association.
28 Jan–27 Mar: Priit Pärn
8 Apr–29 May: Turku Anikists (Turun Anikistit ry)
10 Jun–4 Sep:David Shrigley
16 Sep–13 Nov: Lars Arrhenius
18 Nov 2011–15 Jan 2012: Animation Crank Handle (Animaation apupyörä ry)
Pori Art Museum, MEDIApoint
In Pori, Finnish visual artist Timo Vaittinen will start the series. He will realize an installation in the MEDIApoint, and animations madewith stop-motion technique will be part of the installation.
Animate will present works by animators -Turun Anikistit-, who have graduated from the Turku University of Applied Sciences / Animation programme, and works by animators who are active in Helsinki, and members in an association called Animaation apupyörä. The members in these two associations are mainly young animators, who make animations on a non commercial bases. The series ends with Italian and West European contemporary animations, which are curated by Anna Daneri (IT).
30 September–30 October: Timo Vaittinen
1–27 November: Turku Anikists and Animation Crank Handle (Turun Anikistit ry & Animaation apupyörä ry): Jan Andersson, Maria Björklund, Tommi Juutilainen, Ami Lindholm, Mark Ståhle, Niina Suominen and Taru Varpumaa
29 November 2011–15 January 2012: European contemporary animation, curator Anna Daneri (Italy)