Dr. Francisco Ortega |
| Dr. Jorgelina Orfila
About the Animation Duo.
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.
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.
For five years they have been invested in exploring animation as an interdisciplinary area of study. They co-teach a unique transdisciplinary course that explores the intersections between art history and animation in the 20th and 21st centuries. Other than presenting their scholarship at conferences and publishing their research, Jorgelina and Francisco have organized workshops and roundtables on the topic.
In February 2019 they created an Animation Studies chapter at the Southwest Popular/American Culture Association Conference (SWPACA). They are also collaborating with the Burkhart Center for Autism Education & Research by developing animation workshops. This is an initial step for the establishment of a branch of HEART (Healing Education Animation Research Therapy) in the US: HEART Texas. HEART is an award-winning provision that was founded in the North East of England but has expanded to the East Midlands. HEART’s scholars and practitioners explore the benefits of using the animation process in therapeutic and educational contexts. HEART Texas will be the first HEART center outside the U.K.
Francisco and Jorgelina are working on a book length project that deals with animation and art history and are in the process of developing an Animation Studies Certificate in collaboration with faculty at the Theater and Music Schools, J.T. & Margaret Talkington College of Visual & Performing Arts, TTU.
A Collaborative CV
- Article: “Fantasyland or Wackyland? Animation and Surrealism in 1930s America,” Journal of Surrealism and the Americas General, Topics Issue, Fall 2019. (8000 words) Submission date: December 10, 2018. (Pending Publication, 2019)
- Workshop: In collaboration with the Burkhart Center: Animation workshop - pilot program with ASD patients (In process, 2019)
- Article: “Documents, Documentation, Documentaries,” M The Magazine of the Museum of Texas Tech University, Fall/Winter 2018, 30-33.
- Article: “De Top Cat a Don Gato: acerca del doblaje en animación” (From ‘Top Cat’ to ‘Don Gato’: Dubbing in Animation,” Con A de Animación (Journal of the Research Group on Animation, Art and Industry, Polytechnic University of Seville), (Spring 2018): 150-163.
- Paper: “Marvelous Historiography: The Case of Surrealism and Animation,” Winter School at the Graduate Academy and the Centre for Animation Studies of the Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen, “Doing Animation History: Exploring Challenges and New Visions in Writing Animation Histories.” Tübingen, Germany (March 2019)
- Paper: “The Effect Of Animation: Learning Novel Words In Children With Specific Language Impairment (SLI),” APES18 (Animation And Public Engagement Symposium) 2018, The Animation Academy, Loughborough University, UK, in conjunction with HEART (Healing Education Animation Research Therapy), Loughborough, U.K (May 2018)
- Paper: “Mind and Body Engagement: Enjoyment + Training through Animated Music Video Games,” APES18 (Animation And Public Engagement Symposium) 2018, The Animation Academy, Loughborough University, UK, in conjunction with HEART (Healing Education Animation Research Therapy), Loughborough, U.K (May 2018)
- Paper: “It's not the colle that makes Collage Animation,” 30th Annual Conference of the Society for Animation Studies (SAS) “Then, Now, Next,” Montreal, Canada. (June 2018)
- Paper: "Fantasia's 'Night on Bald Mountain:' Fantastic Horror in Disney's Early Long Feature Films," Scanner V, Animafest, Zagreb, Croatia. (June 2018)
- Paper: “If Truth be Told: Voice as Presence in Animated Interview Documentaries,” Southwest Popular/American Culture Association 39th Annual Conference, (Albuquerque, USA). (February 2018)
- Roundtable: “Seriously Funny: Animation, The Concealed Avant-Garde.” The panel included: Midhat Ajanovic (Sweden), Marco Bellano (Italy), Marcin Gizycki, and Stéphane Collignon (Belgium). Modernist Studies Association XIXth Annual Conference “Modernism Today,” Amsterdam, the Netherlands. (May 2017)
- Paper: “Psychotic and Then Some: Wackyland or the Meta-Fictional Dimension of American Cartoons.” Animafest Scanner IV, Zagreb, Croacia. (June 2017)
- Paper: “Yes, It Moves ...and It Talks: An Analysis of Voice in Anomalisa (2015)” 29th Annual Conference of the Society for Animation Studies (SAS)“ … And Yes It Moves,” (University of Padua, Italy). (July 2017)
- Paper: “Photographs + Movement: Breer’s and VanDerBeek’s Collage Animations,” XIth Triennial International Conference organized by IAWIS/AIERTI (International Association of Word and Image Studies), Lausanne University, Switzerland. (July 2017)
- Paper: “Mainstream Characters, Subaltern Voices: From ‘Top Cat’ to ‘Don Gato’, ” 28th Annual Conference of the Society of Animation Studies, “The Cosmos of Animation,” Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, Singapore. (June 2016)
- Paper: “Disney in the 1930s: Between High Art And Popular Culture,” Bridges across Cultures, The International Studies Institute (ISI Florence), Florence, Italy. (July 2015)
- Paper: “Disney Animation and Modern Art in the 1930s”, 103rd CAA Conference, College Art Association, New York City, NY. (2015)