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Duo (est. 2014)

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About the
Animation Duo.

Over the past six years Drs. Jorgelina Orfila & Francisco Ortega have collaborated as teachers and researchers working to catalyze an initiative in animation studies. Although the United States is at the forefront in the production of animated features, it is woefully lacking with respect to programs specialized in animation history and theory. Invested in establishing animation as an interdisciplinary area of study at Texas Tech University, they created a unique transdisciplinary course that explores the intersections between art history and animation in the 20th and 21st centuries.

They have now developed a multidisciplinary undergraduate certificate on Animation Studies for the Talkington College of Visual & Performing Arts in collaboration with Stacey Jocoy, PhD from the School of Music, and Rachel Hirshorn-Johnston, MFA from the School of Theater and Dance.

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In February 2019 they created an Animation Studies chapter, the Animation Research Gang (ARG!), at the Southwest Popular/American Culture Association Conference (SWPACA) and organized the Animation and Public Engagement Symposium (APES) at its first-ever hosting outside the United Kingdom. APES 2019 attracted thirty-eight participants from ten countries to Texas Tech.

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Animation is inherently interdisciplinary: the animation-making process incorporates specialized knowledge from different fields of practice and knowledge (visual arts, film, music, performance) and animation itself is used in many STEM disciplines. Those using animation to foster education, health and wellbeing take advantage of the different stages and multiple skills involved in the animation-making process, as they offer many intervention and evaluation points. At the nexus of different fields of studies, animation offers myriad opportunities to engage and positively impact people belonging to different social and age groups and with different educational stories and cultural backgrounds.

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A key component of this collaboration is the Animation-Making Workshops (AMW), which take advantage of the potential of animation-making as social practice and wellbeing. Inspired by the Healing Education Animation Research Therapy (HEART) organization in the United Kingdom, the AMW explore the usefulness of the animation-making process as a therapeutic and educational tool.

AMW have recently worked in partnership with the Burkhart Center for Autism Studies at Texas Tech University Research. In 2020, beneath the umbrella of the TTU NEA Research Lab, AMW will expand their scope of work to encompass elementary-age school populations, work with adult-age groups such as veterans affected by post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and college students in the process of substance abuse rehabilitation.

Jorgelina is Associate professor in 20th and 21st century Art History and Critical Theory at the School of Art, Texas Tech University. She earned undergraduate degrees in art history and museum studies in Argentina and was a Lampadia Fellow at the National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C. (1997-1999). She holds a Ph.D. in art history from the University of Maryland, College Park (2007). Jorgelina has authored articles on the historiography of Art History in the Interwar period and the Chester Dale Collection. DOWNLOAD HER CV

Francisco is Associate Professor in Graphic Design and Coordinator of the PhD Fine Arts program at the School of Art, Texas Tech University. He earned his BA and MA at the University of Texas, El Paso, and his PhD in Critical Studies and Artistic Practice at TTU (2008). A practicing artist and scholar, his interests include: Historical and Critical Perspectives in Animation, Game Design Theory and History, Graphic Design, and Interdisciplinarity in the Arts. DOWNLOAD HIS CV

A Collaborative CV — Spring 2019