Recap Animation for Grown-Ups #2: New State of Mind

Animation is for kids? Think again! Animation is a medium that can discuss (mental health) taboos in a way that no other form can.

Animation has the power to discuss taboos in an unoffending way, mainly through design choices like ‘cuteness’ or ‘abstraction’. It can be dramatic, narratively diverse, experimental and there is room for innovation with this daring subject matter. The second edition of our programme series Animation for Grown-Ups was about mental health taboos. For all who missed out ór would love to rewatch, we made an overview of all the animations we screened that night. Together with Jenny van der Broeke (Studio APVIS) – who showcased the VR installation Far Inside – and animator Tess Martin – who gave us a preview of her new project Frame of Mind (working title), we discussed topics from anxiety and depression to schizophrenia and neurological conditions like dementia. Let’s break down some taboos!

1. Doe Maar Gewoon, Dario van Vree / Studio Pupil for Stichting ZON (NLD, 2014)

2. Heavy as a Hill, Emily Neilson (USA, 2015)

3. Bojack, you’re a piece of shit (SE04, EP06), Raphael Bob-Waksberg & Mike Hollingsworth / Netflix (USA, 2017)

4. Animated Minds: Stories of Postnatal depression – Abby’s Story, George Sander – Jackson (UK, 2016)

5. Immersion, Lalita Lupina (CHE, 2016)

6. Ver Binnen / Far Inside, Jenny van den Broeke / Studio APVIS (NLD, 2017)

7. Spinsels / Cobwebs, Wiep Teeuwisse (NLD, 2012)

8. Frame of Mind (working title) teaser, Tess Martin (NLD, 2018)

9. Skhizein, Jeremy Clapin (FRA, 2008)

 Animation for Grown-Ups is an initiative by Dymphie Braun (Pakhuis de Zwijger) and Tünde Vollenbroek (Studio Pupil) and supported by KLIK Animation Festival Amsterdam. For the next edition, keep an eye on the event calender!