An Object Driven Narrative

Summary: 
A tangible catalyst for associated memories by those who engage with it.

Animated Shorts

Graduate Researcher – MFA Thesis Project

Stacey Dunten

Project Description

Memories are elusive. They flit in and out of thought, sometimes without you even knowing. Memories are meaningful because they connect us to other people and past experiences. Many times, these memories are caught among a web of other connections and abstract ideas. They can be tied externally to our senses, or places or objects. Objects possess a power, that even though they may not be your own objects, they are able to evoke a personal memory.

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The physical object, in this case the Korean lacquer box, acts as a tangible catalyst for associated memories by those who engage with it.

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In my work, I am using digital animation to represent the intangible world of the memory stories that I recorded. My role as the animator is that of visual interpreter of the stories and memories through this medium. In the animation process, when an object is transferred to a new medium, it loses some of its previous context, but gains new interpretation that adds to its richness.