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A horse designed by committee

A horse designed by committee

The 2020 London International Animation Festival includes three curated programmes of work “at the intersection of animation, experimental film and artists’ moving image” (from, from the experimental animation project Edge of Frame. In this special LIAF + Rhythm & Frames project, the Edge of Frame founder and curator, Edwin Rostron, speaks with animation director and documentarian, John Summerson, in order to elucidate how this Venn diagram of frame-by-frame artworks intersect, collide, and complement one another. 

Edwin and John attempt this by taking inspiration from Eadweard Muybridge’s famous equine studies, and drawing lots of ‘horses.’ As the galloping horse — the quintessential animation studies metonymy — is reimagined, Rostron discusses his career, getting beaten up, and discovering experimental animation. 
Perhaps getting it is overrated. Maybe fully understanding an experimental artwork is antithetical to its intended purpose. Maybe a camel really is a horse designed by committee. 
It’s difficult to say — but we’ve certainly taken a whack at it.