Made by Hand

  • Birgitta HoseaEmail author
Part of the Palgrave Animation book series (PAANI)


Tracing connections between craft and activism since the Industrial Revolution, this chapter critically reflects on discourses of craft and the handmade. Whereas the experimental animation community privileges analogue, handmade processes that appear to oppose and critique commercial animation production, it is argued here that this approach is underpinned by nostalgia and is often faked. What looks like a hand-painted animation could actually be a simulation that was “painted” in a software package. Aesthetics alone do not guarantee that a work of art opposes the mainstream. Instead of recycling the past to create “artistic” animation, contemporary practitioners can equally investigate issues of labour and materiality through digital tools and virtual materials.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University for the Creative ArtsFarnhamUK

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