we contain multitudes

Project Overview: Identity is a tricky little (or, rather big!) concept. ‘Exploring’ identity through art has become a popular, albeit insufficiently representational, strategy in educational contexts. Perhaps the challenge with representing ‘identity’ arises when we conflate and confuse identifications (that is, the way in which we categorize, label and distinguish particular entities from others) with subjectivity, or what we might think of as the multiple and continuous potentials for becoming-subject. This project provides a site to explore and respond to this tension, through the technique of simple animation. Participants work from a static image (such as a portrait of the face) and then using a layer of clear acetate (or several) participants then layer this image with additional images, text, and drawings (these can be abstract, representational, or a combination of both). Each stage of the layering is photographed as it is constructed and these images are then strung together to create a simple animation. 

An excerpt of student animation experiments.

An excerpt of student animation experiments.