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Faculty Pub Night with Tom Klein



Please join us on Tuesday, February 21 at 5:30 p.m. when Tom Klein, Associate Professor of Animation at LMU’s School of Film and Television, presents, “Evoking the Oracle: Visionary Screen Worlds,” his contribution to the recently published anthology, Animated Landscapes: History, Form and Function. RSVP today!

All Faculty Pub Nights are free and open to the public. Students, faculty, staff, and community members are encouraged to attend! Pub refreshments and snacks will be served courtesy of the William H. Hannon Library. For more information or ADA accommodations, please contact Ray Andrade, Programming Librarian, at (310) 258-4648 or randrade@lmu.edu.

About the Presenter’s Work

The abstraction of animated landscapes can serve as a parable from which viewers may choose to divine a meaning. This in some ways follows in the tradition of Greek Oracles, with answers framed as riddles. The storytelling tradition of animators, which today is exemplified and amplified by its integration into live-action cinema through visual effects, is making this a topic of growing relevance in screen media. When the logic of a story-world can so easily defy reality and in fact becomes like magic, an audience can be made to reflect on themes from outside a normative framework. This challenges them to decode a meaning from something that may feel like it offers a truth. As cinema and games continue to move in this direction, the notion of the ancient Oracle resonates with contemporary nuance, conjuring the mystery and awe of the human condition.

We hope to see you there!