Verge 360: beyond the frame
Animation Deviation Symposium a Film Studies Research Group Event
13 July 2010, School of Creative Arts, Bower Ashton Campus, University of the West of England
Co-presented with Stuart Moore
This presentation considers the ‘frame’ and the ‘framing’ within our current collaborative research into the immersive digital arena (IDA360). Through examination of two case studies we will demonstrate the ways in which the interplay between frame, screen, and audience shifts, depending upon the incarnated specificity of animation, with particular focus on the IDA360.

Firstly we chart the evolving forms of our project Verge: from the process of its making to the first presentation as a looped dual-screen gallery installation; through a series of iterations for single screen; to its recent metamorphosis for the IDA360. To make Verge, found objects collected on a circular walk are printed directly onto 16mm filmstrips: the fallen bodies of bees and flies picked from the dirt, and the vegetation growing up in the stony rubbish along a roadside verge. The original artwork is frameless: the filmstrips are ‘framed’ photographically in order to create series of sequential digital images playable as cycles on a timeline. Our second case study reviews the practice-as-research outcomes of Verge, and examines the ways in which these inform the creation of a new animation we are making specifically for the IDA360.

To conclude, we suggest that the IDA360 provides an environment - created by image projection within a 360 degree dome to an ‘unfixed’ audience - that extends animation’s potential to become an experience ‘beyond itself’, through the embodied visuality of an expanded cinema that continually reconfigures its borders beyond the frames of space and time.
Development of Verge: map showing where we walked 2004 - 2005.
Original plan for dual screen installation of Verge at Salt Gallery, Hayle, Cornwall.
360 degree audiovisual floor plan for Nectar: diagram of honey bee’s waggle dance, which tells the other bees about the food source.
Etching depicting a section of Robert Mitchell’s Rotunda building in Leicester Square, London, in which was exhibited the Panorama. The image, published 15 May 1801, shows internal staircases and viewing platforms, with a large seascape panorama below and a smaller panorama above of London from the River Thames.