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Taxonomy
Twist of Fate
Twist of Fate
Sensorium
Sensorium
Andaluz
Andaluz
Ground Zero/Sacred Ground
Ground Zero/
Sacred Ground
Perpetual Motion
Perpetual Motion
Kakania
Kakania
Nine Lives
Nine Lives
Yours for the Taking
Yours for the Taking
Vis-á-Vis
Vis-á-Vis
Heavenly Bodies
Heavenly Bodies
Pentralia
Penetralia

Taxonomy

(2011 • Running Time: 4:08)
Director/producer/animator: Karen Aqua
Music & Sound Design: Ken Field
Technical Assistant: Julie Zammarchi
With support from: Roswell Artist-In-Residence Program & Helene Wurlitzer Foundation of New Mexico

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The animal, vegetable, and mineral kingdoms reside in a state of constant flux, reflecting a world of transience, mutability, and impermanence.  Through the metaphor of transformation, this film explores the themes of malleability, instability, and interconnectedness.

In the fall of 2009, Aqua was awarded a two-month residency at the Roswell Artist-in-Residence Program in New Mexico. During this residency, she started work on this film project, which represented both a continuation and a departure from her previous work. The starting point for this film was a series of one hundred small pastel drawings created in 2007 while an Artist-in-Residence at the Wurlitzer Foundation in Taos, New Mexico. She later expanded these images from a two-dimensional realm to a time-based one, introducing the elements of movement, transformation, and progression.

This film is rooted in the richness and immediacy of the drawing process, using the metaphor of transformation (both visual and conceptual) to explore the themes of impermanence, change, and instability. It addresses relationships between the human-made and natural environment, inorganic and organic, blurring the boundaries between these realms. Seemingly permanent elements are presented in a state of constant flux, suggesting malleability, mutability, and transience.

Awards:
Black Maria Film & Video Festival, 2012: Director's Choice Award
ASIFA-East Animation Awards, NYC, 2012: Best Experimental Film

Festivals:
Ottawa International Animation Festival, Canada, 2011
Tallinn Black Nights/Animation Film Festival Animated Dreams, Estonia, 2011
Denver International Film Festival, Denver, CO, 2011
Ann Arbor Film Festival, Ann Arbor, MI, 2012
Tricky Women Festival, Vienna, Austria, 2012
Humboldt Film Festival, Arcata, CA, 2012
Anima Mundi, Brazil, 2012
Hiroshima International Animation Festival, Japan, 2012
Wiesbaden International Animation Festival, Germany, 2012
Xiamen International Animation Festival, China, 2012
Fargo Film Festival, Fargo, ND, 2013
Reel 2 Real International Film Festival, Vancouver, Canada, 2013
Arlington Short Animation Film Festival, Arlington, MA, 2013

Screenings:
Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA), Boston, 2011
Roswell Museum & Art Center, Roswell, NM, 2012
Best New American Independent Animation, Shanghai, China. 2014
In Sight, Lesley Univ. College of Art & Design, Cambridge, MA, 2015

Installations:
["Karen Aqua (1954-2011): Animal, Vegetable, Mineral"]
Brickbottom Gallery, Somerville, MA, 2011
Roswell Museum & Art Center, Roswell, NM, 2012


FORMATS:
Digital HD Master File/DVD/HDCam

CONTACT:
Ken Field
108 Pleasant Street #3
Cambridge, MA 02139
617-233-1362
ken@kenfield.org

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