I’ve been following the Giant Incandescent Resonating Animation Festival (GIRAF) remotely for years, but it wasn’t until they went online during the pandemic that I got to experience their wonderful programming and community feel. This year, I’m giddy to share, I will be a guest curator and judge with the festival. I’ll be presenting a special programme devoted to animating graphite that connects to our work in the Animate Materials Workshop.

Cameron Kletke, who was part of the first cohort of student research-creation assistants in the workshop, will be premiering her wonderful graphite-collaboration You Feel Soft (2022) as part of the programme. Details can be found here: https://www.giraffest.ca/graphite-traces-alla-gadassik

Festival poster in the featured image is the work of artist Kade Masterson.