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The silent spectre of motion (Le spectre silencieux du movement), 2012

by Bridget Walker

Finalist, Macquarie Digital Portraiture Award iD2012
Single channel HD video
Soundtrack by Voice work and appearances by Virgile Biechy and Antoine Rosenfeld; camera assistance: Virgile Biechy & Cagdas Kahriman

The silent spectre of motion (Le spectre silencieux du movement), 2012 by Bridget Walker
Video: 6 minutes

The silent spectre of motion reflects upon the desire to inject imagination into otherwise ordinary materials, actions or events. By contrasting a documentary-style biography with a narrative of fictional imagination, I intend to show that both identity and reality are constructed and are therefore capable of being changed. This construction of my own personal identity is highlighted in my engagement with the world during this pursuit to colour reality with creative thought.

Inspired by the writings of animation theorist Dr. Alan Cholodenko, this work examines, and to a large extent celebrates, the condition of animation, its relationship to the world and my place within it.

Related information

Animation 1 from the series Hereinbefore, 2012 video: 1 minute
Animation 1 from the series Hereinbefore, 2012 video: 1 minute
Animation 1 from the series Hereinbefore, 2012 video: 1 minute
Animation 1 from the series Hereinbefore, 2012 video: 1 minute

Digital Portraiture Award iD2012

Previous exhibition, 2012

The inaugural iD Digital Portraiture Award is an annual event intended to extend traditional notions of portraiture and reflects the National Portrait Gallery’s commitment to fostering emerging artists between the ages of 18 and 30 years old with an interest in contemporary technology.

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The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders both past and present.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that this website contains images of deceased persons.