486. Mindscape – Jacques Drouin

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SUMMARY: An artist paints a landscape and then steps into the painting, encountering a dreamlike equivalent of reality.

WHY IT’S HERE: Jacques Drouin’s ‘Mindscape’ is one of the most visually ravishing animations ever created. Made using the painstaking pinscreen animation technique invented by Alexandre Alexeieff and Claire Parker, Drouin creates a richly textured world, first of landscapes and then of dreamscapes. The densely symbolic imagery will likely suggest different meanings to each viewer but the narrative is less important here than the imagery and the meaning behind what I was watching did not even trouble my brain the first time I saw ‘Mindscape’, so submerged was I in the sheer experience of the piece.

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