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Expanded Animation 2020: A New Media Manifesto

Saturday 12 September – 4pm to 5pm (UK Time) | Panel discussion link

Leading thinkers from industry, practice, and education will discuss the need and consensus for a A New Media Manifesto. Wide-ranging topics such as The Survival of Subculture in a Global Economy, Long-term Projected Trends in Education, and A New Plurality will be led by J. Harry Whalley (UK) and Laura Lee (UK/DE) from at UCA, followed by examples of performance and practice.


Laura Lee

Laura is a creative practitioner, guitarist, composer & technologist. Currently, in the final stages of her practice-led PhD ‘Post-Rock Performance Practice Post-Rock Composition and Performance Practice: Authenticity, Liveness, Creativity & Technology‘ at the University for the Creative Arts.

Laura internationally lecturers on Music Composition and Technology BA Course in the Film, Media and Performing Arts Department at the University for the Creative Arts and for BA Audio Design and MA Computing and the Arts at Berlin School of Popular Arts.


Dennis Desantis

Dennis DeSantis is a composer, sound designer, author, and percussionist. He received a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Eastman School of Music. His electronic music appears on labels such as Ghostly, Global Underground, Cocoon and Kanzleramt, and he has performed throughout North America, Europe, and Japan. Recent highlights include commissions from the Whitney Museum, the Staatsoper Stuttgart and Carnegie Hall. DeSantis is the Head of Music Learning for Ableton, and previously worked as a sound designer for Native Instruments.


Harry Whalley

Harry Whalley is a reader in Sound and Music at the University for the Creative Arts and founder of Music Composition and Technology BA/BSc. His work spans across music and sound for media including film, games and site specific works . His research interests currently range from art/science collaborations and interdisciplinary practice. He is the director of the Audio Research Cluster.


Stuart Hilton

Stuart makes experimental films using animation and other related methods and lecturers in animation. He also composes music for films and is a drummer for power pop punk rock band Cult Figures.


Eduard Solaz

Eduard Solaz, founder and director of IKLECTIK, London. IKLECTIK focuses on experimentation in arts, sound art, installation and cross disciplinary works. They expand their space as a research arts laboratory where inter-disciplinary lines can overlap to create projects that explore processes and techniques, address social, political, cultural and critical issues.


Expanded Animation 2020

The eighth edition of the Expanded Animation symposium bears the title The Appeal of Analog and addresses the attraction of animation in the context of performance, interaction, computer games, and audio. The symposium takes place as part of the media art festival Ars Electronica 2020 (September 9th–13th) and carries on a process initiated in 2013 that regularly presents theoretical positions and perspectives from the art world, the field of R&D, and the industrial sector. Due to the Covid19 pandemic, the media festival and thus also this year’s symposium will mainly take place in virtual space.