Ülo Pikkov will give a lecture introducing the characters in animated films, their nature and their impact on the viewer. Historic animist worldview still lives on in modern animation movies and therefore, it can be argued that our relationship with animated films, and particularly with animated characters, dates back to the beginning of archaic thinking, or what Claude Lévi-Strauss refers to as ‘savage mind’. The lecture will be based on Ülo Pikkov latest puppet films.
Ülo Pikkov is an internationally renowned filmmaker, producer and film scholar. Pikkov studied animation at the Turku Arts Academy in Finland and since 1996 has directed several award-winning animation films (“Empty Space”, “Tik-Tak”, “Body Memory”, “The End”, “Dialogos”). He has published articles on film and written fiction books for children and adults. In 2005 he graduated from the Institute of Law in University of Tartu, focusing on the media and author’s rights. Pikkov is the author of “Animasophy, Theoretical Writings on the Animated Film” (2011). For 10 years Pikkov was the associate professor of the Animation Department in the Estonian Academy of Arts supporting new talents in the Estonian animation scene. Currently Pikkov is completing his doctoral studies at the Estonian Academy of Arts.