Celebration of Fragmentation and Chaos: Postmodern Tendencies of Bu Hua’s Animated Shorts

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Chinese experimental animator Bu Hua has won an enviable reputation for her distinctive Flash-animated shorts since 2002. Her animated works playfully mix symbols, icons, and pop art, completely discard the grant narrative and linear storytelling, and fully embrace the dislocation of time and space, all reflecting a strong postmodernist aesthetics. This paper investigates the postmodernist expressions in Bu’s animations from two perspectives. First, the fragmented narrative and chaotic temporal and spatial correlations of Bu animations establish a heterotopia-like world. Second, it will discuss how these reproduced icons and symbols are superficially jammed in Bu’s moving images.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 15 May 2015
Event"Beyond The Frame": the 27th Society for Animation Studies annual conference - Canterbury Christ Church University, Canterbury, United Kingdom
Duration: 13 May 201516 May 2015


Conference"Beyond The Frame"
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


  • Chinese animation
  • postmodernism
  • Bu Hua


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