Birgitta Hosea

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Rather than using animation to create short films, I am concerned with deconstructing conventional ideas about animation and digital technology. Combining drawing, animation, video and live performance, my work explores animism: the vital spark of movement that brings the still and lifeless into motion. I am also interested in how the movements we make - our gestures and actions - lead us to construct our identity: in particular how we perform our gender identity. These interests have taken many forms including still drawings with animations projected over them or performances in which I become possessed by a cartoon character or channel digital doubles and raise electric spirits.

In my more recent work, I have been moving away from working purely with computers and experimenting more with drawing, silhouettes and shadows. I am currently working on a series of drawings for the Venice Biennale, which combine sketches of city workers drawn onto pages from the Financial Times with cut-out silhouettes of myself performing actions of despair.

In the projects I do, I create work both as an individual practitioner and also in collaboration with other artists, performers and specialists. I enjoy working with others in interdisciplinary collaborations and am always interested in challenging myself. For example, at the moment, I am developing a series of workshops in Mindfulness through Drawn Animation in conjunction with artists, meditation instructors and educationalists.


Birgitta Hosea is an artist, animator and curator who works in the field of expanded animation. She was born in Edinburgh and now lives and works in London. She has worked in art direction, design for performance, web design, animation and as a Demonstration Artist for Adobe.

She has exhibited widely in the UK and internationally, has been the recipient of numerous awards and artists residencies and her work is included in the Tate Britain archive. Most recently she was artist-in-residence at Yarat Contemporary Art Space, Azerbaijan and the School of Cinematic Arts, USC, Los Angeles. She curated Seeafar for Folkestone Triennial Fringe and Deptford X (UK), Shadow Voices for Yarat (Baku, Azerbaijan) and was part of the curatorial team for the UK Pavilion at the Shenzhen Architecture and Urbanism Biennale (China). Recent exhibitions include The Fall of the Rebel Angels, Venice Biennale (Italy); Chatter, Cinematic Arts Gallery (Los Angeles, USA); Holographic Serendipity, Kinetica Art Fair (London, UK); Dans Ma Cellule une Silhouette (with Maryclare Foa), Centre d’Art Contemporain, La Ferme du Buisson (Paris, France); Out There in the Dark, Mix 23 Queer Experimental Film Festival (New York, USA).

She works as Head of Animation at the Royal College of Art, where she also supervises PhD students. Prior to this she was Course Director of MA Character Animation at Central Saint Martins (University of the Arts London). She writes for academic publications on drawing; digital materiality; animation; performance and liveness and keeps a blog at

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2012  PhD, Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London, title: “Substitutive bodies and constructed actors: a practice-based investigation of animation as performance”. Download PhD thesis from UAL Research Repository.
1999   MA Computer Imaging and Animation, Sir John Cass School of Art, London Metropolitan University
1997 Computing and Fine Art access course, Tower Hamlets College of Further Education
1987 Postgraduate Diploma in Theatre Design, Glasgow School of Art
1986 MA (Hons) Drama, Film and TV Studies, University of Glasgow