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The Animated Documentary

July 23 - September 15

The Animated Documentary

23 July – 15 September
Photography Gallery
Opening: Tuesday 23 July, 6pm

In these short animated works, Digital Design students in the School of Art & Design at AUT explore the documentary genre, using the medium of animation.

The documentary genre has been traditionally associated with live action films, due to the notion that photographic media is ‘objective’ and records ‘reality’. However, in the last two decades there have been a growing number of documentary features that draw on the unique properties of animation to pack an emotional punch, such as the Oscar-nominated features ‘Waltz with Bashir’ (2008) by Ari Folman, and ‘Persepolis’ by Marjane Satrapi.

Animation can portray aspects of the human condition that are inherently ‘real’ and more readily communicated through methods such as drawing, stop-motion, and CGI. These aspects might include subjective states, flights of fantasy, and memory, and the choice of visual style also adds an extra layer of meaning.

In these animated documentary sequences, students have interviewed a family member, friend, or neighbour, and have extracted 40 memorable seconds from these interviews.





Participating artists:
James Baldwin
Lynn Choi
Ricci Ferigo
Timothy Haryadi
Enid Hu
Doyeon Kim
Jun Lee
Minsoo Lee
Jet Loxton
Jordan May
Pae Nuanmangsor
Monique Park
Emily Ramsay
Reuben Shortland
Marco Staines
William Tan
Naomi Tjandra
Samuel Yao


Image credits: Ricci Ferigo, A Modern Mishap
James Baldwin, Crouching Ryan; Monique Park, Lost in Canada (below)


July 23
September 15
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