Keynote Speakers

Bonnie Mitchell - "Time, Timing and Timelessness: Expanding the Boundaries of Animation"

This keynote presentation will explore various theories of time and connect them to an expanded definition of animation.  A discussion of time cannot exist without connecting it to space.  This talk will focus on both traditional animation and animated works of art that defy the boundaries of the screen. Animation has the ability to emotionally and cognitively affect the audience and alter the perception of time.  Through the use of immersion, interactivity, and the psychological power of design principles, these animated environments challenge our notion of both time and space.

Bonnie Mitchell

Bonnie Mitchell is an experimental animator, curator, and professor in Digital Arts at Bowling Green State University in the United States. Her animation and installations explore spatial and experiential relationships to our physical, social, cultural, and psychological environment through immersion and interaction. 
Mitchell’s large-scale installations invite the viewer to physically enter an environment where the projected animations and sculptural elements immerse the viewer in a conceptual journey through time.  Her experimental visual music animations and installations have been exhibited at numerous festivals, conferences, and exhibitions around the world including the SIGGRAPH and ISEA art exhibitions, Under the Radar, Punta y Raya and many more animation screenings.
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Boris Eldagsen - "/animate - The Rise of AI-Generated Moving Images?"

As an international artist and AI expert, Boris will give an overview of the current possibilities to generate moving images with artificial intelligence.

He will show that the basic rules for creating images also apply to moving images and how easy animation with AI has become.

Boris Eldagsen - Image by Jan Sobottka

Boris Eldagsen

Boris Eldagsen (*1970) is a Berlin-based photomedia artist, who studied fine arts at the art academies of Mainz, Prague and Hyderabad (India) - and philosophy at the universities of Cologne and Mainz.


He has exhibited in international institutions and festivals for over 20 years and has been teaching for international art colleges, universities, festivals and museums since 2004. Between 2003 and 2009 he lived in Melbourne and taught at VCA and PSC. Boris is "Head of Digital" at the German Photographic Academy (DFA) and one of the leading AI experts in the international photography scene. In April 2023 he refused the Sony World Photography Awards, admitting that he applied with an AI-generated image to initiate a debate about the relationship between AI-generated images and photography. His stunt became worldwide news and his image THE ELECTRICIAN one of the most famous of the year.

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Henrik Schønau Fog

Henrik Schønau-Fog is an Associate Professor, PhD and Deputy Head of Department of Media Technology at Aalborg University, Copenhagen Campus. 

Henrik’s work is based on real-time 3D game engines, and he is an expert in virtual production, final pixels in camera productions, in-camera VFX, motion capture animation and adaptive real-time story worlds. After working at DR-TV as a producer in the late 1990'ies, Henrik moved to Switzerland and worked at The Fantastic Cooperation to create a satellite-based internet platform with MTV and Eurosport on board. He then founded Scandinavias first Motion Capture company - MoCap Copenhagen - with clients such as IO interactive and Tivoli, before he pivoted into an academic career as a researcher, lecturer and supervisor.

Henrik is the founder of the ViZARTS project and together with Medialogy students and Amunet Studio, he has created one of the world’s first rear-projection based Virtual Production Training Facilities at AAU’s basement in Copenhagen’s Sydhavn district - with the support from Nordisk Film Fonden. Here filmmakers and techies collaborate to utilize the real-time capabilities of game engines to learn how to create virtual production for animation, film, TV and games.

Henrik is also the co-founder and director of the Samsung Media Innovation Lab for Education (SMILE) where he is working with innovative media-technologies, gamification, transformational games and games for learning. He is furthermore an expert in motivational factors and assessment of engagement in games, learning and interactive media – and loves kitesurfing and snowboarding.
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Michelle and Uri Kranot

Michelle & Uri Kranot

Michelle and Uri Kranot are acclaimed directors and producers, working as a duo for more than 20 years. Additionally, they are members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Académie des César.

Both Michelle and Uri Kranot have been honored with the Grand Jury Prize for Best VR Immersive Work at the 77th La Biennale di Venezia and Best Immersive XR at the 74th Cannes Film Festival.

Furthermore, they are the founders and lead tutors of ANIDOX, a training lab with a focus on animated documentaries. Both hold various key positions as teachers, researchers and producers in the Center for Visual Storytelling at the Animation Workshop / VIA University College.

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