Opening today at the museum is a new animation by the artist Ezra Wube. Commissioned especially for the Museum and organized by Jason Eppink, Associate Curator of Digital Media, the piece is based on present-day observations from Wube’s personal experiences, walks and interactions around the museum’s surrounding neighborhood. Here’s a description from Wube about his process:
I began with the idea of walking in the four directions from the museum building (north, south, east, and west), to experience the area. To make the animation I painted scenes from memory and photographed them. Each frame was painted on top of the previous one, each scene triggering the following scene. Memory interests me, perhaps because of my own personal biography. Time and place are not static for me. I grew up in Ethiopia, and now I live in the US. Not having a singular home might have influenced the fluidity of place and time in my work. When places and time continuously shift memory becomes a vehicle that connects and makes meanings to understand my existence. The performative aspect of the short reflects the bodily experience of the story. The body becomes the only definite witness that connects multiple realities. Sound was collected from the actual places I depicted in the animation. I remade the conversations, music and sounds of the environment. —Ezra Wube
Watch a video excerpt of the piece here. A Memory of Astoria will be on view at Museum of the Moving Image through January 8, 2015.