‘The Eye Hears, the Ear Sees’: Music, Animation and Experimental Film Symposium


Tuesday 3 June 2014, 10am –Norman McLaren 5.30pm

Playfair Library, Old College, University of Edinburgh

Booking available through Eventbrite, places are free but limited http://mclarensymposium.eventbrite.co.uk

2014 marks the centenary of Norman McLaren’s birth. This anniversary is being celebrated in Scotland with McLaren2014, a programme of events taking place in Stirling, Glasgow and Edinburgh between April and June. As a supplement to this programme, the University of Edinburgh is running a series of workshops, roundtables and symposia, of which this is the first.

McLaren is now recognized as a pioneer in the fields of animation, experimental and abstract cinema, and visual sound. Taking his innovations as a starting point – and borrowing our title from a 1970 BBC documentary about McLaren – this symposium will explore and interrogate McLaren’s legacy for practitioners and theorists. Four guest speakers will discuss the relationships between music, animation, and experimental film. They will consider McLaren’s work and influence from disparate perspectives, and identify new avenues of enquiry that it suggests. How can we think and theorise the relations between sound and the moving image in fresh and novel ways? Although filmmakers regularly collaborate with musicians and sound designers, how can working habits be reimagined, new strategies and creative possibilities explored?

This event is being collaboratively organized with the Talbot Rice gallery in Edinburgh, which is staging a six week exhibition of McLaren materials as part of McLaren2014. The symposium will close with a reception held in the gallery.

We have now finalised our schedule for the event below. The event is free, but ticketed, with a few places left:


10am Opening Remarks

10.30am Dr Karen Beckman, University of Pennsylvania

11.30am Dr Aimee Mollaghan, NUI Galway

12.30 – 2pm Lunch break (not provided)

2pm Dr Holly Rogers, University of Liverpool

3pm -3.30pm Coffee Break (provided)

3.30pm Dr Richard Stamp, Bath Spa University

4.30pm Roundtable discussion

5.30 – 7pm Wine reception – Talbot Rice Gallery

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