Experimental Animation: Ghosts of Spaces

In this hands-on workshop, participants will create short animations using experimental techniques. The class is designed especially to enhance the practice of artists and filmmakers, but is open to all. Participants will learn a variety of hand-made techniques including cut paper, light-based, and hand-drawn animation. These techniques will be used to create animated realms. We will focus on the lives of spaces over time, and how the residue of the past affects the present. Participants will be encouraged to reinvent and playfully engage the medium to support their ideas. The individual animated works will be combined together into a single virtual realm, which will be screened at the final presentation.


Jeanne Stern is an animator, puppet filmmaker and multimedia artist based in Austin TX. Her work has screened internationally at venues including SXSW, the Smithsonian, PBS, the Werk-Raum Gallery (Berlin), Guggenheim Center for Documentary (at the National Archives), Moving Things Festival (Capetown, South Africa), and the Athens Video Art Festival. In 2009 she animated Ruth Fertig’s film, “Yizkor,” winner of the Student Academy Award Gold Prize for documentary and the Cine Golden Eagle Award. Her work has included stereoscopic filmmaking, with a 3D puppet film commissioned for Connecticut College’s Arts & Technology symposium, and a solo show of stereoscopic work at Texas State Art Gallery. She has taught experimental animation courses at the University of Portugal for the UT | Portugal summer institute, and at the Austin School of Film. Born and raised in Massachusetts, she received her MFA in Film Production from UT Austin and her BA in Art and Computer Science from Connecticut College.

Coordination Jeanne Stern
ScheduleOctober 19 and 20 9:30 to 13:00 and 14:30 to 18:00; lunch break from 13:00-14:30. Lunch is not provided.
Location University of Porto Faculty of Fine Arts, room TBA
$40 US (approximately 30€) To register click here and select your desired conference. Credit card or wire transfer is accepted. If paying by wire transfer, select “prepay” when checking out. You will be contacted with wire instructions.