Sited in the heart of London’s media district, the Vasari Research Centre for Art and Technology has a range of unique connections to other media research institutions, to large and small museums and galleries, and to the creative industries that flourish in this area.
It is also an international centre with strong links to researchers and centres in the USA, the Far East and Europe, and hosts a lively cycle of symposia and conferences to strengthen these ties.
Digital technologies and devices relevant to the research and study, as well as production and exhibiting, of the arts continue to evolve. The centre plays an increasingly pivotal role in integrating digital research and providing specialist support. It maintains and digitizes important analogue material, assists and initiates funding applications and is currently examining the emerging area of 3D scanning and reconstruction in Museums, Galleries and Higher Education as well as the development of Open Educational Resources in the Arts. The equipment and systems in the Vasari provides useful experience and training to many students and interns.
The Digital Animation strand is co-curated by Joel McKim, Director of the Vasari Research Centre for Art and Technology, and Esther Leslie, Professor in Critical Aesthetics and author of Hollywood Flatlands: Animation, Critical Theory and the Avant-Garde (2002).
Their shared interests in contemporary trends in animation and the critical exploration of digital culture are at the heart of this wide-ranging and multi-faceted strand of BIMI’s programme, with events including topics such as the 3-D animation work of experimental filmmaker Sebastian Buerkner, the animated “lecture” of artist Andy Holden rewriting the laws of theoretical physics in the Looney Tunes universe, and the philosophical implications of Richard Linklater’s use of digital “interpolated rotoscoping” in his film adaptation of Philip K. Dick’s prose.
To find out more about Birkbeck’s Vasari Research Centre, follow this link: http://www.bbk.ac.uk/vasari/