Flavourcel Animation Collective: QAF 2024 Artists in Residence

Jun 14 – 25 | 9am – 9pm M-F, 9am – 5pm Sat & Sun | Curated Visual Art Exhibition | Roundhouse Exhibition Hall | Free

QAF invites the Flavourcel animation collective out of the basement and into the CRAWL SPACE as both curators and exhibiting artists of the festival’s signature Curated Visual Art Exhibition at the Roundhouse Exhibition Hall. CRAWL SPACE reflects on the festival theme of “The Ties that Bind” by queering the physical framework most emblematic of domesticity—the family home. Combining projection, experimental animation techniques, and interactive installation, visitors are invited to tour the rooms of Flavourcel’s “house” built upon a foundation of community-care and collective art-making.

CRAWL SPACE represents the space between walls. It calls to attention the hidden, where things are forgotten and where they are discovered. To be queer is to make homes out of scraps, to continually build and rebuild. The lives we lead are anchored by family – the ones who were lost and the ones who were found. 

This show asks you to walk through surreal installations of constructed home life. As queer people, we fill our homes with our closest ties, tables abundant with food to share, and secret spaces to commune with our deepest most hidden desires. CRAWL SPACE is forming in Flavourcel’s 6th year of collaboration. As our positions and lives shift and change, we are continually interested in the domestic and mundane methods of community building, and the long-term commitments of collective art-making. The house and home is a theme we have worked through before in other works. In working through the theme “the ties that bind” we ruminate on the bonds that we build and preserve in community. 

About Flavourcel

Flavourcel consists of 10 artists and animators originally brought together on the  Unceded Coast Salish territories that work collaboratively to make short-form experimental animations that entertain the contemporary narrative of what animation is and can be, including GIFs, music videos, installations, print media, and more. Flavourcel is heavily settled in collective decision-making structures and aims to keep the collaborative spirit at the core of what they do. In other words; democratizing resources and prioritizing voices that are not so often heard. Many members are institutionally-trained animators who felt that the path often laid out for many emerging animators exists in the following binary: to be an independent auteur making animations alone in your basement or to join the animation industry. Both of these routes are limiting in their own ways. Flavourcel feels that it is important to re-introduce play into animation; the act of making doesn’t have to be so serious or so solitary, it’s always better when you bring your friends along!

Alia Hijaab
Chhaya Naran
Chris Strickler
gil goletski
Harlo Martens
Josh Neu
Julia Song
Kat G Morris
Lana Connors
Laurel Pucker