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Suzanne Buchan: Keynote 'Memoria Rerum: Animated Materiality'
22-23 June, Radboud University, Nijmegen, Animation and Memory International Conference

Suzanne Buchan: Keynote lecture 'Memoria Rerum: Animated Materiality, Memory and Amnesia'

Animation and Memory International Conference, Radboud University, Nijmegen, 22-23 June 2017.


While live action cinema and documentary films have been studied extensively, there is a lacuna in scholarship on the interrelation between animation and memory and contexts of remembering and forgetting. Buchan's keynote proposed potential shared contexts between these interdisciplinary fields, then focused on a selection of stop-motion films with implicit and explicit themes of forgetting and amnesia, invoking Jane Bennett's notion of "vibrant matter" (2010), to demonstrate how they present relational actants. The aim is to offer an analytical framework for how the artists' animation of matter can act as a performative vehicle and reified intermediary for experiences of individual or cultural memory, and for the loss of these.

Organised by Prof Dr László Munteán and team at Radboud University.

Image credit: Gustavo Velho.