What is "Computer Animation?" Examining Technological Advancements and Cultural Aesthetics of Japanese Animation
Thursday, 9 August
2:30 - 3:15 pm
This paper examines three current narratives of computer animation in the United States:
- The ideology driven by the search for a perfect representation of reality
- The mythology based on the modernist paradigm of progression
- The hegemony established by a habitual mode of production.
By investigating current computer animation in the United States and Japan, the paper argues that in different socio-cultural contexts, computer animation acquires different cultural meanings and styles, and re-constitutes a specific cultural aesthetic for the society in which it resides. By examining "Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children" (2005), it identifies divergent perceptions through which computer animation acquires its cultural meaning and aesthetics: the hyper-spectacle embedded in a superflat culture and the tradition of contingency.
Lien F Shen
Ball State University
lshen (at) bsu.edu