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Eric Dyer is an artist and filmmaker who brings animation into the physical world with his sequential images, sculptures, installations, and performances. As an animator, music video director, and experimental filmmaker, he spent years working at a computer to produce images for the screen. Longing to “get my hands back on the work,” Dyer returned to a tactile creative process. He began exploring the zoetrope, an early animation apparatus whose evolution as an art form was cut short by the rise of cinema. The device, popular in the 19th century, consists of a slitted drum whose interior is lined with a sequence of images. When the object is spun, the viewer peers through the apertures in the drum and the forms appear to move. By replacing the drum with a fast-shutter digital video camera, Dyer invented the process of making films from spinning sequential sculptures. Dyer continues to innovate with new tools and applications, moving his work off the screen and into real spaces. He views the zoetrope’s resurrection as a manifestation of universal desire for tactility and physical presence amidst our increasingly disembodied existence as we work, play, and socialize in virtual environments.
Leading academics in the field of moving image art have described Dyer's sculptures as “a whole new area of film experimentation and exploration,” and noted that they “breathe new life into animation as an art form.”
Sponsored by the art department and Reed Arts Week. Free and open to the public.
Friday, November 16, 2018 at 4:00pm
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