The Art in the Artist
Animation has a unique position in being able to communicate both with the visual arts and filmmaking as well. Here are some prominent examples of this care for dialogue: these are not hybrid films or artworks, but animated shorts which invite discourse on the artistic creation itself.
Who are the artists behind all those different arts, and are they indeed human? Yes, they are. Do they need a lot of other talents to work with? Yes, they (unsurprisingly) do. Are they preoccupied with creative worries, which lead to a meta-narrative of them talking about the work? In our own programme, they do. The death of the author, if ever there were one, may have deprived us of a single authoritarian voice. At the same time, the authors are still there: observing, re-arranging, testifying about their own process, and unafraid to feel frail and still artistically sensitive.
And it's not about them talking about their own art; it's about us learning a lot from watching their well-crafted films.