Animation video at “Bourses de la ville” at center for contemporary art of Geneva
Flunked is an animated film using various stop-motion techniques, alternating scenes with puppets, people in costumes and painted animations. Formally, it is linked to my sculpture and painting practice, mixing materials such as papier-mâché, isomalt sugar, clay and found objects. These mediums allow me to compose the film like a painting, but in space and movement.
The film tells the story of a sorcerer’s apprentice’s rite of passage in a magical factory that produces clay humans for work. He takes the test to become a confirmed sorcerer, but fails spectacularly. Failing to meet his master’s standards, the latter considers him a failure and expels him from the factory. Based on my experience as a teacher, the story explores the subjects of norms and power relationships in educational settings.