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Talking about the content and meaning of abstract animation, for the practitioner or enthusiast, is like discussing why one eats chocolate or why we stand at the edge of the ocean, experiencing the sensation of the sand being sucked out from under our feet by the pull of the receding wave. Or why listening to a beautiful adagio can create such a stirring response. These experiences stand for themselves and need no explanation.
For the uninitiated, or the viewer who has little to no encounter with abstract animation, however, these moving images can be initially disconcerting and hard to understand. If these are ‘moving pictures’ what are they pictures of?
Copyright © The Author. Originally presented at Siggraph 2003, as part of the Course "Appreciation and Criticism of the Short Animated Film"
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VCU Dept. of Kinetic Imaging