DDM Speakers: A Handful of Sand

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Join us for this online talk with animator Corrie Francis Parks.


Oct 12, 2022 6:30pm – 7:30pm

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Corrie Francis Parks brings life to the inanimate through frame-by-frame manipulation of physical materials. With one hand under the camera and the other in the digital realm, her films and installations maintain an organic connection to traditional production methods while fully integrating digital technology. In this artist talk, she traces the development of her innovative hybrid approach to sand animation through the presentation of several short films and installations.

Corrie received her B.A. from Dartmouth College and her MFA from University of Southern California. Now an Associate Professor of Visual Arts at University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), Parks continues to research frame-by-frame movement from a practitioner's perspective. Her book, Fluid Frames: Experimental Animation with Sand, Clay, Paint and Pixels explores the tactile nature of moving malleable materials directly under the camera, bringing together traditional and digital workflow through interviews with contemporary animators and workshop-style exercises.

Parks has been artist in residence at the MacDowell Colony, Fundación Valparaíso and Klondike Goldrush International Historic Park, a Fulbright Fellow to New Zealand, and a grant recipient from the Maryland Arts Council and the Montana Film Office. Her award-winning short films have screened at Annecy, Hiroshima, Ottawa, Zagreb, and at major festivals on every continent except Antarctica. She looks forward to the day when she can count penguins among her biggest fans.

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Meeting ID: 677 5544 2352