Issue 22, Fall 2013
Sébastien Denis and Jeremy Stolow
Derived from the Latin anima, which means “soul” or “breath,” the verb “to animate” refers to the act of giving life, the main signs of which are the seemingly spontaneous and autotelic movements produced by the body or by otherwise inert material objects. The desire to “make life visible through movement,” as well as the technical ability to do so, is based on a cultural logic that is perhaps as old as human civilization itself. The reflection on “animating” proposed in this issue, examines in depth this question from the perspective of diverse disciplines (architecture, literature, puppetry, animation, digital animation, etc.) while returning to the mechanical, spectatorial, religious and animist conceptions of the term.