4_Digital Animation and Visual Culture In Process

Research 4.8: Something is missing

Undertake research into absence and representation in moving image and build
up your own argument about whether ‘something is missing’ in digital
representation. For example;
● In what ways can representation be defined by an absence?
● Why is this particular to animation and the digital world?
● What will the future be like?
Your argument can be in written, recorded audio or video form. Remember to
cite your sources.

Ed Atkins and Naheed Raza, Tomorrow Never Knows (2013)
first video cuts out sound bites. Making it edgy and nervy to listen to. You never know how much you are going to understand and when you will be cut off.
Cecile B. Evans, Hyperlinks or It Didn’t Happen (2014)

Hyperlinks or It Didn’t Happen follows a group of digital entities as they search for meaning and an understanding of their own condition. Narrated by the failed CGI rendering of a recently deceased actor, PHIL,  he introduces these digital agents—render ghosts, spam bots, holograms—as they appear across various settings, genres, and modes of representation. Multiple hyperlinked storylines build, converge, and collapse around overarching ideas of existence beyond anatomy: the ways in which we live and work within the machine. Throughout, questions are raised about what it means to be materially conscious today and the rights of the personal data we release.

Hyperlinks or It Didn’t Happen Gives a list of the different allusions and surces.