Performing Animation, Animating Performance Symposium

London (14.12.2019), 4. December 2019.

 Dear colleagues,

We are delighted to announce that registration for the one-day conference Performing Animation, Animating Performance to be held on Saturday 14th December 2019 at King's College London is now live. More information concerning directions to the college, how to register and the full line-up of speakers can be found on the conference website ( For convenience, the programme for the event is also pasted below, while the King's College eStore can be found here: Registration costs £20 (Waged) and £15 (Student/Unwaged/Precariously Employed), including all refreshments and lunch. Registration will close on Wednesday 4th December, and please note that there will be no late booking on the day.

Best wishes, and hope to see many of you in December!

Christopher Holliday (King's College London) and Bella Honess Roe (University of Surrey) (Conference Organisers)

9:00 - 9:25 Registration

9:25 - 9.30 Welcome

9:30 - 11.10 Panel 1: Characters and Stars

David McGowan (Savannah College of Art and Design)

"I'd Like to Thank All of the Little People... That Have Made My Performance Possible": Cartoon Stars, DVD Commentary Tracks, and the Construction of Animated Acting

Rayna Denison (University of East Anglia)

Japanese Anime Stardom and the Voice Acting System

Paul Taberham (Arts University Bournemouth)

Reclaiming Character Depth in Limited Animation

Tom Livingstone (University of Kent)

“OMG the cat looks crazy real. ”Photorealism and Performative Spectation

11.10 - 11:35 Tea and Coffee

11:35 - 1:15 Panel 2: Live Bodies

Matt Nicholls (Arts University Bournemouth)

Mediatized Performance and Digital Phantasmagoria: Digital Animation, Visual Effects and the Live Concert Experience

Gabriele Jutz (University of Applied Arts, Vienna)

Bodily Traces: Scratching as Performative Art

Merlin Seller (University of Edinburgh)

Online, Everyone Can Hear You Scream: Performing Death in Virtual Environments

Sue Miller and Sarah Bowen (Leeds Beckett University)

Animating Musical Movement: An Exploration of Music and Dance Relationships Through Analysis of a Musico-Choreographic Live Performance

13:15 - 14:00 Lunch

14:00 - 15:40 Panel 3: Identity and Representation

Sarah Wingrove (Independent Scholar)

Escaping the Life Fantastic: Barbie and the Femme Lesbian Body in B.

Katerina Athanasopoulou (Plymouth University)

The Performing Skeleton and the Ghost of CGI

Matias Poggini (Independent Scholar)

That'll Do, Pig: Taking Lessons from Trained Animal Performances

Maarit Kalmakurki (Aalto University, Finland)

The Role of Costume Design as a Central Performance Element in Computer-Animated Films

15.40 - 16.05 Tea and Coffee

16:05 - 17:45 Panel 4: Performance, Practice and Process

Animate Assembly (Birkbeck College)

Animate Assembly 11: Performances of the Particulate

Susan Sentler and Fanny Bratahalim (Lasalle Singapore)

Experiential Anatomy: Interdisciplinary Approach to Dance and Animation

Farzaneh Yazdandoost (Anglia Ruskin University)

The Implications of Arbitrary Movements in Puppet Animation

Brittany Biggs (University of Hawaii)

Integrating the Study of Gesture and Performance with Animation Industry Workflows in Teaching 3D Character Animation

17:45 - 17.55 Comfort Break

17:55 - 18.45 Keynote/Roundtable – Participants TBD

18:45 - Conference End.