New Directions in Chinese Animation
April 24, 2015 (Fri) - 7:00pm, ICA Boston
$10 regular / $5 students and ICA members

With the spread of digital technology and state-sponsored campaigns to grow China’s creative industry, young moving image practitioners in China have been developing new works that engage with the private sector, the art world, and the global film festival circuit, expanding the form and experience of animation in the world.

Exploring this diversified wave in recent production, Expanded Animation: New Directions in Chinese Animation presents a showcase of recent animated works from a mix of visual artists, filmmakers, and independent/experimental animators, most of whom were born after 1980. Their practices stem from stop-motion, print-making, hand-made collage, ink, painting, graphic design, and digital algorithm.

Balagan and Crows & Sparrows, two Boston-based film series, co-present this program, which highlights the work of the award-winning Beijing-based artist Lei Lei. The works presented explore a variety of personal, artistic, and political subject matter, and represent the breadth of recent innovation in animation practice in China.

Program

THIS IS NOT A TIME TO LIE, Lei Lei, 3’30, 2014, China
Filmmaker in attendance!


 
BIG HANDS , OH BIG HANDS, LET IT BE BIGGER AND BIGGER, Lei Lei, 6’, 2013, China
 


THIS IS LOVE, Lei Lei, 2’38, 2010, China
 


MAGIC CUBE AND PING PONG, Lei Lei, 4’08, 2009, China
 


PEAR OR ALIEN, Lei Lei, 4’08, 2008, China
 


BIRDS DREAM, Chai Mi, 10’15, 2014, China
Filmmaker in attendance!
 


MAHJONG, Chen Xi & An Xu, 7’19, 2013, China
 


DOUBLE ACT, Ding Shiwei, 4’37, 2013, China
 


UTERUS MAN, Lu Yang, 11’20, 2013, China
 


HORSE, Shen Jie, 4’17, 2013, China

SOME ACTIONS WHICH HAVEN’T YET BEEN DEFINED IN THE REVOLUTION, Sun Xun, 13’, 2011, China
 


DOUBLE FIKRET, Wang Haiyang, 3’37, 2012, China