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Title: The spiritualg-Functional loop : animation redefined in the digital age
Authors: Chow, KNK 
Keywords: Animation
Computer
Materiality of animation
Phenomenology
Signification
Spiritualg-functional
Issue Date: 2009
Publisher: Sage Publications Inc
Source: Animation, 2009, v. 4, no. 1, p. 77-89 How to cite?
Journal: Animation 
Abstract: Can animation bring life to the computer? Can the computer take animation to a new horizon extending from cinema and visual art? This article starts with a scrutiny of the conventional definition of animation and its connection to the continuum of liveliness, followed by an examination of the two furthest points on that scale: lively movement, which is spiritual; and inorganic movement, which is functional. The author shows that, in the digital age, movement of various degrees of liveliness can be significant and meaningful through a wide array of motorg-sensory functions. This brings about a new notion of materiality, which constructs an innovative meaning of animation. The author then argues that, when combined with the unique functions of the computer, animation can find a shortcut between the two extremes of liveliness: spirituality and functionality. Therefore, the field of animation could benefit from an expansion of its digital attributes. Finally, the author discusses a corpus of artefacts created in different historical periods and different media that exemplify the spiritualg-functional loop.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/29874
ISSN: 1746-8477
DOI: 10.1177/1746847708099742
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