Resurrection or creation?

  During the reading of George Griffin's ‘Take the B Train: Reconstructing the Proto-Cinematic Apparatus’, I've learned about three artists and their concrete animation works. Before this, I have seen this kind of apparatus quite a lot, but Eric Dyer, one of the artists in the reading, his work 'The Bellows March' shocked me completely. Using intricate... Continue Reading →

A short note about “self-promotion”

In his essay Animation = A Multiplication of Artforms? Edwin Carels mentioned this when talking about animation's self-promotion: "film critics and historians hardly get to see this kind of animation and so they cannot cultivate its reputation as art ... A film needs media attention to gain instant recognition and prizes at festivals also play an... Continue Reading →

A method, not a genre

In the chapter The World is a Cartoon, author Steve Reinke examined several stray notes, depicted and discussed a serial of topics such as the relationship of cinema to the photographic image; the complicated controversy on cinema, digital film and animation; and especially, the relationship between cinema and different types of animation. As far as... Continue Reading →

My first blog post

"Everything That Has An End, Has A Beginning." -- The Matrix Revolutions             Hi, my name is Ran Sheng (盛然) and this is my new blog. I used to do a lot of BBS (Bulletin Board System, which was old-timey computer networks) but not much of blogging. It seems like a... Continue Reading →

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