Subjects: Art, Animation, Peace-building, Interdisciplinarity, Art, Animation and Social Change, Collaborative art and animation, Participatory Animation, Participatory Art, Rich Pictures, Creative Pedagogies.
Keywords: Practice led research, Art, Art and Animation, for Social Change, Animation, Peace-building, Anti-war Art, Peace-Art, Anti-war Animation, Peace-Animation, Participatory Animation, Animated Documentary, Experimental Animation.
My research usually deals with art and in particular animation-art's potential to act to assist social change and peace-building processes. It examines the role of art and animation to affect positive change and improve communication paths between conflicting, isolated and misrepresented communities. To a great extent it is a continuation of research conducted during my PhD studies at the Glasgow School of Art (2009–2013), co-supervised by Prof. Greg Philo, Prof. Laura Gonzalez and Gillian Moffat - examined by Prof. Paul Wells. The PhD was an investigation into the potential of art and in particular of animation practice, to act as a tool for peacebuilding in 'post-conflict' areas such as Cyprus or N. Ireland. It was a cross-disciplinary, value-driven, practice-led inquiry, affiliated with the paradigm of constructivism and the approach of participatory action research. It triangulated the interchangeable qualitative methods of conflict case mapping and assessment, of questionnaires and of reflective animation practice to demonstrate that animation can indeed assist peace-building. The main fields of study that my inquiry dealt with were Art and Peace-Research. Key authors influencing the study included Johan Galtung, Elise and Kenneth Boulding, Carol Rank, Cynthia Cohen, Susan Sontag and Yiannis Papadakis. The values that drove the research derived from the paradigm of positive peace, developed by Galtung. They can be summarized as justice, equality, prosperity, non-violence, cooperation and solidarity.
Publications and Conferences
‣ Christophini, M. 2001. Das Muell Project. In: Bachhuber, Prof Liz and Prof Werner Bidlingmaier, 2001. Flotsam and Jetsam- Ballast and Treibgut, On Art and Refuse and Art [catalogue]. Germany: Bauhaus University Weimar University Publishers. ISBN: 3-7443-0130-2
‣ Christophini, M. 2003. Self-portraits. [art work reference] »anno.02|03« - Projekte, Preise und Personen an der Bauhaus-Universität, »anno.02|03«, - Projects, Awards and People at the Bauhaus University Weimar. Germany: Bauhaus University Weimar University Publishers.
‣ Christophini, M. 2005. Greetings from Cyprus. [art work reference] »anno.04|05« - Projekte, Preise und Personen an der Bauhaus-Universität, »anno.04|05«, - Projects, Awards and People at the Bauhaus University Weimar. Germany: Bauhaus University Weimar University Publishers.
‣ Christophini, M. 2005. Die Nachbarschaften der Welt, The neighbourhoods of the word. In: Rathsack, Laurence and Liz Bachhuber. 2005. Transmission [catalogue]. Germany: Klassik Stiftung Weimar.
‣ Christophini, M (2009). Hands Across the Divide [film reference]. In: A Cipro si oltre passa il muro grazie alla forza della musica. In: Frascaroli, E., ed. 2010. Modena Cooperazione - Solidarietà Internazionale, Altra Economia, Intercultura, Vol. 14.(07–08), p. 6
‣ Christophini, M., 2010. Drawing communities on the divided island of Cyprus. In: Beauty will save the world: An interdisciplinary postgraduate conference on art and social change. 07-08 September 2010, Institute for Advanced Studies, University of Bristol, U.K.
‣ Christophini, M., 2011. Animating Peace. In: Animated Realities: Animation, Documentary and the Moving Image. 23–24 June 2011, Edinburgh University, Edinburgh College of Art & 65th Edinburgh International Film Festival, U.K.
‣ Christophini, M., 2011. Animation screening and discussion. In: THATCamp Cyprus 2011, The Technologies and humanities Camp. 06–07 September, Cyprus University of Technology, Cyprus.
‣ Christophini, M., (2013) Animating peace: a practice investigation engaged with peace-building in Cyprus. PhD thesis, The Glasgow School of Art.
‣ Christophini, M., (2013) Animating peace: a practice investigation engaged with peace-building in Cyprus. Glasgow: The Glasgow School of Art. [PhD thesis]
‣ Christophini, M. (2013). Animation for Peace. In R. Palmer & R. Miller (Eds.), Peace as a Global Language: Reflections on Peace Without Boundaries (pp. 138–142). Kobe, Japan: Mizuyamasangyo Publishing. ISBN: 978-4-906860-15-9
‣ Christophini, M. (2017). Into the Choppy Waters of Peace: An Inquiry into Peace- and Anti-Violence Animation. Animation, 12(2), pp.174–190. https://doi.org/10.1177/1746847717708972
‣ Christophini, M. , Gonzalez, L. (2018). Crossing the Cyprus Divide Armed with Pen and Paper. In M. Parrish & R. Richardson (Eds.), Explorations of Peace in Practice (pp. 289–360). Kobe, Japan: Peace as Global Language. [Book chapter] ISBN: 1983006394
‣ Christophini, M. (2018). Speaking each other’s language: The development of an animation prototype with the intention to toggle the language barrier within children of the Greek and the Turkish Cypriot community. Animation Practice, Process & Production, doi: 10.1386/ap3.6.93_1.
‣ Acted as a reviewer of proposals submitted for Q.A.A. Scotland 4th International Enhancement Conference: Beyond measure? Exploring what counts in Higher Education, planned for the 3rd and 4th of June, 2020.
‣ Christophini, M., 2020. Animation And Peace Studies: An Encounter For Societal Betterment | Animationstudies 2.0. [online] Blog.animationstudies.org. Available at: <https://blog.animationstudies.org/?p=3619> [Accessed 27 April 2020].
‣ Christophini, M., 2020. ‘Loving Vincent’ And ‘I’M OK’: Two Approaches To Documenting The Life Of An Artist. [online] ANIMATEDDOCUMENTARY.COM. Available at: <https://animateddocs.wordpress.com/2020/05/01/loving-vincent-and-im-ok-two-approaches-to-documenting-the-life-of-an-artist/> [Accessed 1 May 2020].
‣ Christophini, M., 2020. Book review: Norman McLaren: Between the Frames. Animation, 15(2), pp.196-199.
‣ Christophini, M., 2021. Animation Talk-Shop by The Bold Collective with Dr Myria Christophini Njenga [workshop]. 23rd February 2021 via Zoom. Event promotion available at: < https://www.glasgowcan.org/event/tbc-animation-talk-shop-with-dr-myria-christophini-njenga/>.
‣ Christophini, M. (2021). The possibilities of stop-motion animation for participatory artwork: A focus on Glasgow’s initiatives. In: ‘Bringing Legacy to Life’: Stop Motion Conference 2021 [Online]. 29–30 April. Edinburgh College of Art, Edinburgh, United Kingdom.
‣ Christophini, M., 2021. Socially engaged animation: The what, the why and the how. A short guide on working with animation on a community issue, for the community or with a community [Online]. In: Animate Energies, Society for Animation Studies 32nd Annual Conference. 14 –18 June. Tulane University, New Orleans, U.S.A.
‣ Christophini, M., 2021. An honest and unassuming exchange of staff and students on their academic reality: Could the creation of informal, independent, cross-disciplinary and institutional student and staff communities of action be of benefit to our educational system? [online interactive workshop]. AdvanceHE Learning and Teaching conference 2021: Teaching in the Spotlight: What is the Future for HE Curricula? 6-8 July 2021. Available at: ,https://www.advance-he.ac.uk/sites/default/files/2021-05/DAY%202%20-%20T_L%20Draft%20Programme%202021%20-%20Web%20version_1.pdf>.
‣ Christophini, M., 2021. Book review: Expanding into unchartered land: Arab animation production from the thirties to today (peer-reviewed) Available at: <http://blog.animationstudies.org/?p=4188/>.