Animated Space. Engaged Animation for the Space(s) We Live in

The International Journal of Film and Media Arts is an open access, subsidized by the Film and Media Arts Department of Lusófona University, Lisboa, Portugal. In June 2020, IJFMA was accepted for indexation in Scopus from Elsevier.

This special issue invites filmmakers, artists and researchers to submit papers that deal with but are not limited to the topics of:

  • Animation and public space
  • Animation and architecture
  • Site-specific installations that use animated image
  • Animated video-mapping projects
  • Animated VR experiences
  • Expanded animation environments
  • Spatially engaged animation practice

Since its early days, the animated image has suggested a spatial freedom that challenges the limits of the photographic and traditional filmic space.

When, in 1914, Winsor McCay drew himself onto the landscape to interact with Gertie, he was initiating a practice of expanding the space(s) we live in through the use of animated image that lasts until today. And, while early rubber hose animation projected the uncertainty of the accelerating modern life onto the screen, contemporary animation is now seamlessly embedded in our lives, redesigning the facades of our cities, expanding our intimate spaces, bringing to life the digital devices that enhance our body interfaces.

Animation’s wide aesthetic and technical range has made its practice a perfect vehicle for engaging with our environment: From straightforward projections, site-specific installation work, to video-mapping and VR, the city landscape has simultaneously become the ultimate animation canvas and an animated body in itself; From the purely decorative to socially or politically engaged projects that challenge our perception of the world, animation has taken over the surfaces that used to limit our space, to augment our physical experience.

We are dedicating a special issue of the International Journal for Film and Media Studies to expanded animation and the ways it addresses public space interacts with the contemporary city, reflects on landscape and/or reshapes personal environment, to challenge our perception of the space(s) we inhabit.

Abstracts to be submitted by 9th April 2021

Provide two Word documents (.doc) with:

1. ABSTRACT, no longer than 500 words with 5 keywords.

The abstract should not have any reference to the authors or the institution they belong to. The authors must ensure that their manuscripts are prepared in such a way that they do not reveal their identities to reviewers, either directly or indirectly.

2. BIO, no longer than 300 words. Name, Email address and institutional affiliation.

Please submit to:

Schedule for publication:

Abstracts to be submitted – 9th April 2021

Feedback on abstracts – 3rd May 2021

Submission of full paper – 30th July 2021

Final revisions – 17th September 2021

Publication date – 30th October 2021

Submission online or via email will be made anonymously. Submissions will be reviewed by at least 2 peer reviewers. Accepted papers will be given guidelines for the preparation and submission of the final text. Authors will not be requested submission or processing fees.

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