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Falling Awake, again

Programmed by Attilia Fattori Franchini

 

Stuart Middleton

I am just going outside, I may be some time

2016

stop motion animation with sound

6:22 min

Courtesy the artist and Carlos/Ishikawa, London


Stuart Middleton’s I am just going outside, I may be some time, 2016, provokes the question whether animation is a tool to depict fictional narratives or it desires a simulation per se, liberating inner dark fantasies. We observe a faceless puppet -situated between a rusty worn man and a prematurely aged boy- performing various solitary activities as in search of a metamorphosis, wandering across a supermarket, a forest, returning to a domestic space. His performance is a dual act that is entangled with its creator becoming menace and target, perpetrator and victim and we are left pondering if the threat is one coming from within or the outside.