LAUREN HOUSEGO

NOBODY'S PUPPET

Year: 2015

Time: 1 minute 29 seconds

An animation inspired by the absurdist play The Birthday Party by Harold Pinter.

The play is an allegory for the resistance of the individual to the state and incorporates themes such as ambiguity of place and identity, invasion and the destruction of the individual. The play shows two sinister strangers who come to throw the protagonist a birthday party, even though it is not his birthday. They harrass him into a catatonic state and take him away.

My intention was to create a sense of anxiety about invasion and an underlying feeling of horror mixed with comedy. The stop-motion puppets embodied all the connotations of manipulation and the sense of being controlled by the state. I created a number of outcomes for this project, working with silhouettes and GIFs to create ambiguity of place and identity.