“ANIMATED RECREATION OF…”
2006, single-channel video installation, VSW gallery, Rochester, NY
“Animated Recreation of…” was installed at the Visual Studies Workshop in Rochester NY in 2006. I completed the piece as part of an artist residency and teaching contract with the VSW.
This installation was intended to question the present and historical role of the media in war propaganda.
Animated Recreation Of… is a gallery installation that bears it’s tools, techniques, and materials on it’s sleeve. As the animation plays against the wall in the gallery, small and accessible to close examination, the opposite wall displays the collaged frames used to create the video. This redundancy and transparency of process is an invitation to closer examination.
The video itself is an animated recreation of a spectacular explosion sequence from a documentary completed in 1918 called “The Sinking of the Lusitania” by Winsor McCay. The RMS Lusitania was an American passenger ship that was sunk by German torpedoes off the coast of Ireland in 1915. This (almost) one-hundred year old documentary was originally presented as newsreel propaganda to bolster greater support for American involvement in the first World War.Video projection in the gallery
Because there was no actual photographic documentation of the disasterous event, Winsor McCay’s film itself is an animated recreation of an event of war. It was painstakingly created over the course of three years in order to bring images of disaster to the gaze of the American people.
“Animated Recreation Of…” is an animated recreation of the first meticulous animated recreation of an un-photographed disaster.