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Stuttgart Festival to Examine the Intersection of Art & Science of Animation at 26th Edition

Running April 30 - May 5, 2019, the 26th Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film will combine science and animation from in the special program ‘She Blinded Me with Science – Science, Games & Animation.’

STUTTGART, Germany -- Animation and computer games can play a role for depictions and mediation of natural scientific research, and can themselves become an instrument of scientific research. The special program, “She BIinded Me with Science – Science, Games & Animation,” at the 26th edition of the Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film breaks new grounds with regards to transfer of knowledge and media culture. The curated section invites attendees to play at the GameZone at Kunstgebäude and offers a broad film program.

Exhibition at GameZone

How is the depiction of science in the game? The curator of the GameZone exhibition, media scientist Stephan Schwingeler, has selected 12 different games from around the world. Some show the typus of the “mad scientist,” who has left his mark in popular culture as a brilliant yet unscrupulous and extremely dangerous scientist -- the perfect chief villain in computer games. In other games, experiments gone horrendously wrong entail terrible threatening consequences for the player.

Another focus of the curated games is on so-called Citizen Science: How can digital games used in experiments contribute to scientific knowledge? In “Fold it,” a community of more than 100,000 international players participate in a jigsaw puzzle in which protein models are being folded. The data is passed on to the scientists and thus contributes to understanding, for example, the decryption of HI-viruses.

“She Blinded Me With Science”
Kunstgebäude, Tue, May 02 – Sat, May 04, 10:30 am – 6 pm; Sun, May 05, 10:30 am – 6 pm

Another part of the special is the short and feature film program: The curators André Eckhardt and Dorthea Kaufmann have selected numerous short films in six programs which show the power of animation films featuring physical processes, invisible power and complex contexts since the mid of the 19th century.

  • The All Seeing Eye: Wed, May 01, Metropol 3, 5 pm
  • Invisible Forces: Thu, May 02, Metropol 3, 3 pm
  • The ABC of Science: Thu, May 02, Metropol 3, 7 pm
  • Imaginative Apparatus: Fr, May 03. Mai, Metropol 3, 7 pm
  • Cells, Cells, Cells: Sat, May 04, Metropol 3, 7 pm

Source: Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film

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Formerly Editor-in-Chief of Animation World Network, Jennifer Wolfe has worked in the Media & Entertainment industry as a writer and PR professional since 2003.