The COVID Pandemic frustrated our annual pilgrimage to Albuquerque New Mexico. Still, the virtual format allowed people from all over the world to join the third Animation Research Gang (ARG!) meeting. The Gang is expanding! Nothing can replace sharing a space with likeminded friends, but the online alternative was a close second. We had 20 presenters— practitioners, social advocates, pop culture critics, game enthusiasts, analyst of industry trends, and animation scholars—who addressed a plethora of topics related to our passion topic, animation, from different angles.
It was great to see familiar faces and to introduce them to the many newcomers who shared with us their experiences and research on animation. We thank each one of them for their hard work and brilliant presentations.
Because not all of our participants were able to enjoy everyone's presentations due to the format of the conference, this year we were able to acquire more space for our video load and wanted to show the presentations in full lenght. Hopefully we can keep this going for future installments of ARG!
We hope that we can meet you all in person in the near future, perhaps at some other animation festival or conference, and remember that we will be in Albuquerque in February 2022.
The only thing that is left to say for now is ARG to you all! and to all a good ARG!