Materials in Motion recognizes the uniqueness of animation collections and aims to raise awareness of the importance of preserving our animation heritage. It’s mission is to share information among professionals, to encourage collaboration and to develop good practices in collection management in order to safeguard and provide access to animation artefacts that constitute the visual and conceptual context of the animated film for the purpose of research, exhibition, and promotion. Materials in Motions operates on a global scale.
Materials in Motion started as a two year (2017/2018) research project into a possible conservation strategy for Dutch analogue animation artwork from the period 1930-2000. The project was a response to the recent expansion of EYE’s collection of animation artwork due to the adoption of the archives and artwork collection of the Netherlands Institute for Animation Film, which had to close its doors in 2013. EYE is now the custodian of a large variety of materials used in the production process of animated films, such as concept art, storyboards, drawings and cels (image on transparent plastic foils). The purpose of this project was to gain insight into the magnitude, composition and condition of the collection in order to develop a preservation plan for this unique Dutch film heritage. During the research project, EYE plans to collaborate and forge relationships with several international film archives and research institutes that deal with similar conservation issues. Project managers were paper conservator Aafke Weller and animation specialist Mette Peters. The project was funded by Metamorfoze, the Netherlands’ national programme for the preservation of paper heritage. Partners were Eye Filmmuseum and Rijksdienst voor het Cultureel Erfgoed.
Aafke Weller worked as a visual artist before she started an MA in conservation of modern and contemporary art at the University of Amsterdam. She soon switched to paper conservation with a special interest in modern materials and techniques on paper.
Mette Peters is a film historian and animation specialist. She engages in conservation issues surrounding Dutch audiovisual heritage, through her publications and cooperations with archives and specialists. She researches the creative practice of animators in the Netherlands during the interwar period at Utrecht University and is a lecturer at the animation course of the Utrecht School of the Arts.