Ülo Pikkov gets Animation Doctorate with Anti-Animation

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Ülo Pikkov presented and successfully defended his PhD thesis “Anti-Animation: Textures of Eastern European Animated Film” at the Estonian Academy of Arts (Curriculum of Art and Design, Monday, 18 June 2018).

Dr. Raivo Kelomees (Estonian Academy of Arts) was his supervisor, while pre-reviewers of the PhD thesis (in English) were Dr Robert Sowa (Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow) and Dr Michal Bobrowski (Jagiellonian University).

With the deliberately provocative title "Anti-Animation", Pikkov seeks frames of protest within Eastern European animation tradition (from WWII to 1989), mostly hidden under Aesopean fable strategies. He also identifies surrealist tendencies throughout the relevant countries.

Body Memory, the eloquent puppet story of deportation of Estonians to Soviet Union in the 1940s, was made as part his PhD thesis.

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"Anti-Animation" as well as Pikkov's previous book "Animasophy: Theoretical Writings on Animated Film" can be purchased from the online shop Kriso.