The summer 2011 edition of Media-N originates from the panel, Under Fire: 3D Animation Pedagogy and Industry Complicity in New Media Education, at the College Arts Association Conference in Chicago, in 2010. It was co-chaired by Claudia Hart (Associate Professor, Department of Film, Video, New Media, Animation at the School of the Art Institute, Chicago) and Rachel Clarke (Associate Professor of Electronic Art at California State University, Sacramento).
Each of the panelists at the conference addressed the topic from the perspective of their role as 3D animation educators, and also as practicing artists in the field. Many of the challenges brought up in the panel resurface for further investigation in this edition: the authors expand on the issues they face, discuss the ways they deal with the notion of “industry complicity,” and posit various ideas for rethinking the 3D animation curriculum.
Contributors: Rachel Clarke, Claudia Hart, Gregory Little, Michael Rees, Bruce Wands, Shane Mecklenburger, Claudia Herbst-Tait and Joshua Mosley. Additional papers by Daniela Krautsack and Shannon McMullen.