blackbird spring 2002 vol.1 no. 1


FEATURE | September 16, 2002

Stop-Action Animation by Elizabeth King and Richard Kizu-Blair

In 1991, Elizabeth King, collaborating with director Richard Kizu-Blair, made a stop-action animation of her sculpture "Pupil," a small, life-like animated figure. Though the sculpture was not created for animation, King writes "unwittingly, I had been making an ideal film animation model. The calculated tension of its joints made incremental position changes easy—at the touch of your finger—and the size and weight of the figure were small enough to permit ready leverage and extension against gravity." King here introduces the piece, which is available for the first time on the Web in streaming video.