The Art of Animation, Motion Graphics, Tech Gone Wrong & Why They Go Viral

PBS Off Book continues with another set of thought-provoking videos that take a look at animation, what happens when  you decide to make art when technology goes wrong and why those videos go viral.

Animation has been captivating audiences for more than a hundred years. From classic forms like hand drawn and stop-motion, to cutting-edge techniques like motion graphics and CGI, animation has a long history of creating style and poetry unachievable through live action filmmaking. It is a tool for educating, a place for experimentation and play, and a way of telling personal stories that reach the viewer with powerful visual metaphors. 

Featuring:
John Canemaker
Jesse Thomas, Jess3 
Justin Cone
Julia Pott 

Glitches are the frustrating byproduct of technology gone awry. Wildly scrambled images, frozen blue screens, and garbled sounds signify moments where we want to throw our expensive computer products out the window. Many artists and programmers, however, have embraced these crisis moments and discovered beauty in the glitch. By hacking familiar systems, they intentionally cause glitches, and manipulate them to create art. Enjoying the aesthetics of technological mistakes defies the notion that technology and entertainment has to be a seamless experience. Most importantly, glitch artists reveal a certain soulfulness that emerges when complex streams of information, visual media, and our own lives converge in the chaos of the glitch.

Featuring:
Phillip Stearns 
Scott Fitzgerald 
Anton Marini 
Daniel Temkin 

Additional artists featured: 
Antonio Roberts and Jeff Donaldson
Gustavo Fajardo

"Viral Video" is the signature phenomenon of internet media. Something akin to pop songs, these videos with irresistible hooks have saturated video culture online and have now evolved into a multitude of sophisticated forms. Whether rooted in comedy, spectacle, schadenfreude, cuteness, politics, performance, or deep meaning, the idea of viral videos, and the huge audiences they generate, have forever changed the values and potential impact of video online. 

Featuring:
Jonah Peretti, Buzzfeed
Kevin Allocca, YouTube
Brad Kim, Know Your Meme
Dan Gurewitch, College Humor
Mark Douglas and Todd Womack, Key of Awesome
Michael Learmonth, Advertising Age
Casey Neistat

List of Featured Viral Videos