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Pictures: Exeter Fore Street to be transformed into interactive cinema for Animation Festival

By Exeter Express and Echo  |  Posted: February 10, 2014

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EXETER’S Fore Street will be transformed into an interactive cinema for two nights as part of this year’s Animation Festival.

Lightstream will feature animations, projections and lighting from BAFTA- awarded artist and filmmaker Tal Rosner and a group of Westcountry animation and media arts students.

Fifty-foot dancers pirouetting across buildings, exotic vines creeping up the ancient walls of a medieval hall, top hats spinning across shops in the arcade and interactive visual trickery will be just some of the treats in store for people taking an evening stroll in the city centre on Valentine’s night, February 14 and Saturday, February 15.

Fourteen outdoor animated projections, combined with seductive soundscapes, lighting and installation art will all be shown for free.

Lightstream is inspired by one of the great pioneers of experimental animation, Norman McLaren, in his centenary year, and is led by Tal Rosner, a leading light in international moving image practice, who has worked on multi-disciplinary collaborations, from orchestral music and contemporary dance to creating the title sequences for C4’s popular series ‘Skins’.

Rosner has led mentoring workshops for students in addition to creating a spectacular animation himself that will dance across the facades of two buildings in the centre of Fore Street.

“We’re delighted to be in at the birth of this new network,” said Susannah Shaw, Director of Animated Exeter. “The South West has some of the very best courses in animation, traditional and digital, in the UK. Animated Exeter has always provided a showcase for the final films from UK graduates and offered a variety of opportunities for students to connect with the animation and moving image industry.”

Also on both evenings the audience will be invited to create their own animations in sound and vision, at Tuckers Hall, where they will appear projected onto the wall linked to different musical sounds.

It all takes place from 7pm to 9pm on both evenings. Details: www.animatedexeter.co.uk

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