Ecocritique and the Materialities of Animation

Cubitt, Sean. 2013. Ecocritique and the Materialities of Animation. In: Suzanne Buchan, ed. Pervasive Animation. New York: Routledge, pp. 94-114. ISBN 9780415807234 [Book Section]

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The present chapter tests the thesis that technologies and techniques of animation express social constructions of the human-natural relation, presenting a thumbnail history of the mediation of environmental politics through the material media of animation that occupies this contribution to animation studies and eco-critique. The chapter proposes three modes of animation: direct, profilmic and vector, arguing that each corresponds to a particular technologically-mediated framing of relations between humans and 'nature'. It argues that an approach to the materials of animation drawing on ecological insights and historical understanding of the evolution of equipment and environment alike is a critical methodology for the development of an ecocritical tradition, and an ecopolitics relevant to the new world we find ourselves inhabiting in the 21st century.

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Media, Communications and Cultural Studies


15 July 2013Published

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04 Apr 2014 09:01

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