Speaking of Czechoslovak, Polish, and Soviet animation tends to trigger involuntary images of Krteček, Lolek i Bolek, and Nu Pogodi!, at least for the generations who lived through the Cold War era. At this exhibit, you are invited to explore different spheres of Eastern European animated film. The focus is not on production primarily targeted at a children’s audience or on films that in some ways promoted the communist ideology, but on the so-called “avtorskaia animatsiia”, best translated as “independent” or “experimental animation”.
The twelve original posters presented here were designed by students at the Slavic Department of the Humboldt University in a seminar on Eastern European Animated film. Through these posters, the students present some of the major filmmakers from the Polish, Czechoslovak, and Soviet schools of animation and examine the medium as a platform for social and political critique. Each poster focuses on a set of animated films that address a particular socio-political issue. These include: commemoration of Holocaust victims through animation; Second World War events; repression of artistic freedom in a totalitarian state; the negative impact of technology on humans; urbanization as a process of diminishing living space; the dissolution of the Soviet Union, and others.
The posters also display a great variety of pre-digital animation techniques, ranging from classical stop-motion and clay animation to experimental reverse-motion. These techniques link with equally diverse genres such as animated documentary, social satire, caricature, parody, and political allegory, all united through the medium’s proneness to figurativeness, to shortcut and elliptical constructions of meaning.
The opening of the exhibit at the HU premises has been postponed due to the outbreak of the pandemic. Now, at last, we are proud to present the outcomes of the students’ enthusiastic work!
You are welcome to enjoy the exhibit!
Dr. Jana Rogoff
Daria Ma / Maria Tudosescu / Izabela Babut / Mirko Engel / Nina Bell / Nora Noll
Olga Danilenko / Olga Rodionova / Morten Schneider / Begüm Bahadir / Tetiana Petrenko / Fanny Vincze
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