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M Gyora gal Glupczynski
5/193 Ba Trieu
Fax: +84 4 974 08 83
a la Cooperation au developpement
(The Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Brussels)
Centre for Contemporary
The project is the result of a collaboration between
a production centre and a group of young people aged 12 and over
from around the world.
The project invites groups, or individuals, to
contribute sequences of drawings, which are then transmitted by
fax (or by email) to various international locations to be added
to a series of animated projects known as The Fax Film Roads. The
'roads' develop as other people and groups contribute further to
The FAXCINATION production centre uses three tools:
A fax to send and receive the drawings.
A scanner to capture the drawings into the
A computer to work on the images, using
graphic and movie software.
The FAXCINATION centre collects, archives and forwards all of the
resulting images in order to make an animated program which can
be then broadcast or published on the web.
The FAXCINATION centre also provides tutorial pages
to help people develop their own new ideas.
Aims and objectives
The collaboration between the organizers and the
young artists evolves through a step-by-step process, much like
distance learning, using telephone lines as a means for artistic
creation. In doing so FAXCINATION introduces today's youth to modern
communication technology and to an international language - the
The project introduces young people to the world
of virtual communication. It raises awareness of new forms of
media, and awakens interest in peoples with which they have contact.
Children and young people aged 12 and over. No
previous experience is necessary to be a part of the production.
Workshops composed of young people aged 12 + come
about when an organizer presents the project to art teachers or
to other group leaders who will direct the group. The work produced
is then enriched by the participation of other groups who can add
sound, video and other elements.
FAXCINATION gives people from all societies and
walks of life the chance to better understand other cultures and
to promote peace. For example, Portuguese children between 12 and
15 years of age develop friendships with their equivalents in Israel
and Palestine through weekly exchanges. Young Belgians and Latvians
make contact with Greek Cypriots and Turks though telephone lines.
FAXCINATION can become a widespread model of solidarity and understanding.
Preparation is underway to establish workshops
with young people living in conflict areas. Contact will be established
with other groups, neutral to the conflict in these places, to create
a series of animation sequences.
In the long term, FAXCINATION would like to promote cultural activities
at the ground level by developing animation film workshops. We believe
this will open the door for many young people to a new form of expression.
The workshops will also help prepare them for professional opportunities
in their region.
The animation film industry is in expansion and
these new tools could set new work bases in Asia, the Middle East
and other regions of the world.
Involvement of children
The FAXCINATION participant initially needs only
the formatted 'fax film' page to enable them to continue the sequence
faxed to them from another country. Each group participates in the
writing of the Fax Film Road. In the process, the participant will
discover different animation 'sharewares', graphic programs and
Summary of project
After a brief introduction to basic animation techniques
and to communication tools, the groups are invited to take part
in the creation of a new Fax Film Road. The road is made out of
animated drawing sequences produced by between four to six different
In the course of these workshops, the groups collectively
produce all the different elements necessary to create a Fax Film
Road, using fax and email to transmit drawings, short stories, descriptions
about their environment, sounds and video that will enrich the later
presentation of their work.
The resulting project is presented alongside the
previous Fax Film Roads on the FAXCINATION website
and on CD.
The FAXCINATION production centre proposes steps
for the development of the project in each network. It also collects
faxed and emailed animations and other elements posted or uploaded
by the groups to the project server.
The production centre also generates templates and edits all the
material into a format suitable for the project presentation on
CD, videotapes and on the website.
a la Cooperation au developpement (The Belgian Ministry of Foreign
European Cultural Foundation,
There are three levels of cost to the FAXCINATION 'networked
Receiving one of the 'fax film' sequences
from another country is free of charge. The participant only has
to cover the cost of the faxed sequence or the email which they
The cost of workshops to learn networked
animation programmes, which can be organized in school or youth
centres, depends on the location and on the length of the workshops.
The cost of starting a completely new animated
road using Flash software depends on the location.
Strengths of project
This form of communication uses an international
language where the rules are easy to learn and a message can be
addressed to anyone, regardless of their race or religion.
Each participant can use this original form of
expression to explore the subjects of his/her choice. Non-verbal
communication in the form of drawing allows for the expression and
understanding of ideas which cultural or social barriers may sometimes
The sequences of drawings show much graphic unity,
wherever in the world the person lives. What unites the style is
more dependent on the age of the participant and their surroundings
(like art schools and youth organizations), rather than where they
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