This week’s lecture at times was a hard concept to grasp but what I did come away with was the idea of transformation in regards to giving life and personality to an inanimate object. I tried my hand at making a stop motion video, depicting a little Lego garbage man simply going about his job. When you think about it, the Lego man and his truck are just pieces of plastic but they didn’t don the roles of garbage man and truck until their pieces were put together and were made to act out this role by combining photos of them to give them life. This personification through the use of technology has allowed for an unrestricted and accessible way for anyone to create a story. Different stories can be told through different mediums – the medium is the message. Esther Leslie, says in her journal ‘Traces of Craft’ that this type of creation “does not squash authentic experience but transforms it into object forms and forms of experience appropriate age.” This is insightful as with new technology comes a new avenue for creators to express themselves. She goes on to say that these works “fan a spark of life that is integrated harmoniously with labour.” It is through the creation of these works achieve a sense of humanity due to the devotion and detail put in.
I’m still trying to get my head around it.
Check out some of these amazing stop motion films.