Élan Vital is a process based work culminating in a five and a half minute animated installation. It began as a series of experiments in stop motion animation. Using found materials, ready made objects and simple props, these experiments aimed to create life and movement in the most inanimate of things.
The making of the animation was as indiscriminate as possible, using what ever ideas came to mind and what ever materials were at hand. The aim was to find out whether any object or material could be manipulated to create the illusion of movement. The idea was to show that through the medium of photography, the invisible hand of the artist could cause inanimate object to come to life.
Élan Vital is a work about process, an attempt at seeming whetherit is possible to create a cohesive animated film out of seemingly disparate random experiments. Through this, however, Elan Vital becomes a film that is about animation its self, and the difference between what we see and perceive when watching an animated film.
The work was shown during; Unannealed – the large glass depart- ment at Arti et Amicitiae, Graduation Show 2016 at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Best of Graduates at the Ron Mandos Gallery, This Art Fair at the Beurs van Berlage and Vincent op Vrijdag at the Van Gogh Museum.