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James Frost on Jan Švankmajer.


James Frost on Jan Švankmajer.

Senior Lecturer in Art, James Frost, has published an article on the Czech filmmaker Jan Švankmajer. It is available to read through open access.Jan Švankmajer’s films normally involve stop-motion animation, usually combined with live action. He often uses puppets, whether live action (e.g. actually pulling strings) or animated (using stop motion techniques). James’s paper, “Jan Švankmajer: Film as Puppet Theatre” appears in Animation Studies Online Journal. It explores Švankmajer’s relationship with the puppet and understanding of animation and concludes by exploring the magical philosophy underpinning his creative decisions.

James Frost teaches the history and theory of art, public events management, exhibition curatorship, professional practice and the occasional drawing class at undergraduate level. He is also a supervisor for the MA by research in Media, Art and Design. His postgraduate thesis was on the iconography of 15th century tarot cards. His research continues this interest, with particular attention given to hermeneutics and visual interpretation.

As a practising artist James exhibits regularly. For twelve years he worked as a street performer and puppeteer with his company The Theatre of the Small, regularly performing in historic houses and festivals. James is founder and Chair of the community arts group Small Beginnings and Bringing Alive Sandwich Heritage (BASH), which specialises in historical interpretation events management. He has been co-organiser for a number of public events in the Sandwich area.

Some of his work can be seen at

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