Title: “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. War is specialized experience, media is projected into our living rooms. The recreated animation is made with wax paper and aluminum foil, the most mundane materials I could find in a home.
Animated Recreation Of… is a gallery installation that wears the 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 animation. The redundancy and transparency of process is an invitation for 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 original disasterous event, Winsor McCay’s film itself is an animated recreation of war. McCay’s original film was painstakingly created over the course of three years in order to bring images of disaster to the gaze of the American people in 1918.
“Animated Recreation Of…” is an animated recreation of the first historical animated recreation of an un-photographed disaster.