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Cartoon Animation: Satire and Subversion

Fifty years ago (in 1969) Oscar winning animator, Bob Godfrey, established the Animation course at UCA, which was the first Higher Education animation course in the UK and his archive is held at UCA. As well as his work in teaching, Godfrey served as mentor and employer to many budding animators and is revered as an iconic figure in British animation. Although popularly known for his children’s TV series, such as Roobarb and Custard and The Do-It-Yourself Animation Show, Godfrey also created a number of more experimental and adult works that drew upon traditions of British satire, DADA and Situationism.

To mark the Golden Jubilee of animation at UCA, this symposium celebrates the irreverent and anarchic humour of Bob Godfrey and the re-launch of the Animation Research Centre at UCA. It will be accompanied by an exhibition of items from Godfrey’s archive.

Schedule for the day:

9.30-10am Registration/Coffee

10-10.05am Opening Remarks
Tom Lowe

10.05-10.50am Keynote 1
Dr Sharon Lockyer (Brunel University London)

10.50am-12noon Panel 1: Performing satire
Dr Maggie Gray (Kingston School of Art), Pierre Floquet (Bordeaux INP, France:, Kate Jessop (University of Brighton)

12noon-12.20pm Coffee Break

12.20-1.30pm Panel 2: Absurdity and the destabilisation of authority
Prof. Fran Lloyd (Kingston School of Art), Sarah Tehan (Belfast School of Art, Ulster University), David Wischer (University of Kentucky, USA)

1.30-2.30pm Lunch Break

2.30-3.30pm Keynote 2
Steve Bell

3.30-4pm Coffee Break

4-5.10pm Panel 3: Politics and propaganda from print to the pixel
Dr. Driss Faddouli (Chouaib Doukkali University, El Jadida, Morocco), Prof. Paul Ward (Arts University Bournemouth), Dr. José L. Valhondo-Creg (Universidad de Extremadura, Spain)

5.10-5.40pm Closing discussion with all panellists

5.40-6pm Curator intro to exhibition
Jim Walker (UCA)

6-8pm Exhibition opens with drinks in James Hockey Gallery

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Organised by the Animation Research Centre. Founded in 1998, the Animation Research Centre at the University for the Creative Arts, Farnham is a centre for innovation, PhD scholarship, interdisciplinary and practice-based research into animation in all its most expanded forms. Our current work ranges from archival research, conference organization, exhibition curation and academic publication to investigations in immersive technology, block chain and movement capture. For more information contact: animationresearch@uca.ac.uk.