A reimagining of the elements of cinema, my work is an exploration of Walter Benjamin’s concept of the ‘aura’. In The Kingdom of Back (2016), a piano informed both the materials and the narrative content of my stop-motion animated film. Its music and sculpture invokes the piano’s specific character and builds a myth from its attributes. The Flying Fish III is a unique apparatus inspired by the first moving image devices: the Zoopraxiscope and projecting Phenakistoscope. In an effort to get as close to a physical unreproducible form of film, I examined pre-cinematic mechanisms in an attempt to create a film with aura.


Annalisa Barron