Presented at ‘Bringing Legacy to Life’ Stop Motion Conference 2021 Animation Research Network Scotland

This paper explores traditional puppet animation in contemporary context, focusing on those puppet animation practices which appear beyond the screen, outside the cinema venues. Unlike “behind the scenes” exhibitions (valuable for revealing the hidden production processes), there are other types of showcases too, which are not resembling an explanation or an echo of the film. Such independent animated artworks, installations and performances are a novel take on what the ephemeral approach to puppet animation can be. The aim is to analyses how these works employ the signature strengths of puppet animation in novel ways to elicit unique viewing experiences.