Animated Robots

Cartoons Wallpaper: Homer Simpson and Bender

The tenth week of GAMSWEN was hosted by Mark Ingham  and we explored the fields of art and movement. He introduced the topic of animation and the possibilities of writing an essay on animation history in a short time. He spoke of the field’s origin, highlighting that animation is another word for movement. With no movement there is no animation. The foundation of animation is to create life.

The 19th century was an iconic period for the art world. The first photograph / film was produced in 1895 and changed the world’s perspective on nature and reality. Now in the 21th century we are subjects to cinemas, pay-per-views and motion pictures. We can only imagine the thought of someone living in the 1800s who saw these inventions
expand to life and the ideas and thoughts they gathered.

Just like Simon Herron’s lecture on drawing we speak on the mystery of the process. For someone living in the 19th century, I believe it was the mystery which sparked an attraction for moving imagery. Today we see motion pictures with computer generated images and wonder how they created another world like that. To really be honest, I gather that is the reason why we do this course. To understanding the evolution of the art world.

Mark showed us clips of a famous cartoon ‘Futurama’. It was mainly a compilation of scene with the well known robot ‘Bender’. Bender is a funny, rude, alkiholic robot who makes a concious viewer question the process behind the character and the show. The creator of ‘Futurama’ is Matt Groining who is famous for ‘The Simpsons‘. When the ‘Simpson’ wave stormed homes through out the 90’s we questioned the minds of the creators of the cartoon. Both cartoons highlight a ‘normal’ society where anything and everything can happen, Often forming parody’s based on real life news and facts. Bender is often decribed as a robot incarnation of Homer Simpson displaying similarities in their scenes.

Because of the evolution of animation we see the world in a different light and imagine the process and imaginations of the artists and practises behind it.

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