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Canterbury Christ Church University Media Dept films

Mitosis
Mitosis

Mitosis

By Hans Hack

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The narrative of my animation is the result of tracing back my own creative process. I was interested in primitive art and discovered many similarities with modern art. I rearranged the cultures and art style I had been doing research about in a way they might have developed from one another. On my imaginary timeline art developed more and more from the iconic image to the photographic image and then back to the iconic again. For instance I put   aboriginal art at the beginning, photographs in the middle and icons at the end of the animation.

The animation starts and ends with colourbars representing an unknown essence of art. The way things develop from one initial thing and then simplify again is also reflected in my own creative process. I started off with the idea of making an animation, came up with lots of ideas and narrowed them down. The result was the idea of making an animation about my own creative process. Using the biological process of mitosis as a metaphor gave the piece a structure that would hold it together.

 Looking at a visual representation of a creative process, reminded me of how spindle fibres align in the Metaphase which is the middle stage of Mitosis. Here again we find a processes that starts from one initial thing, develops into something complex and is then narrowed down to become a new cell. For this reason the animation has an scientific look and an narrator guiding us trough the various stages of ‘mitosis’.

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One can see now that the animations is about three processes. One being about the world of art, the second regarding me and the third about the microcosmos. The idea is that organic processes somehow reflect our own thinking processes and that we can find things from the microcosmos reflected in the cosmos and the other way around. In a way our biological processes are reflected in the way we think too.

The animation thought me that all things might be a manifestation of one thing only.

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