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Rediscovery of anima (2018-)

"Rediscovery of anima" looks back at the history of images from ancient times to the present day and imagines alternative forms of "anima" that could have existed more than 30,000 years ago. The word "anima" means "life" or "soul" in Latin and is the root of "animation.". The piece builds on techniques developed in the "toki-" series, but forgoes digital and even industrial technologies altogether. The work relies on stone, wood, hemp, and sunlight to bring movement to life.

One piece employs a series of wooden cutouts of a walking figure. The sculpture can be moved laterally across a beam of sunlight to reveal a walking figure. This is made on the assumption that it could have existed at the dawn of 19th century cinema. The other piece is made from two pumice stones, tied together with hemp string. By moving a beam of sunlight across the pieces, one can see the process of growing from a child to an adult, or the movements of an animal. It was inspired by the murals of Grotte Chauvet in France.

If these methods of depicting motion had been practiced during the Paleolithic Age, how would they have affected our social and cultural developments? The pieces present an opportunity to return to a pre-industrialized sense of wonder in seeing things in motion. In our digital age, supersaturated by images on flat screens, "Rediscovery of Anima" offers an illusion of motion that is reconstructed in three dimensions. This piece breathes a sense of wonder and aliveness into the viewer.


Materials: Wood, Animal glue
Size: H250mm x W 500mm x D100mm


Materials: Volcaniclastics, Hemp
Size: Dimensions variable


“Prix Ars Electronica Exhibition” OK Center

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