Andrew Forster (THE DROP)

Installation vidéo (animation by Alex Boya - video / 5min)    automne 2023

Heraclitus' 500bce metaphor goes "You can't step in the same river twice." It is often used to relate human imagination and images to nature. Long before photography, F. W. J. von Schelling used the image of a whirlpool in a river to describe how we imagine things in nature. How should I make an image today to ask a question about nature (or how we mean it) that is relevant in our stylized pictorial universe? Perhaps by playing with old clichés... This collaboration with animator Alex Boya asks how do we humans animate stuff, like water? Like nature? We give it eyes and a mouth, which makes it into a character. An entity of concern, you could say. This DROP character has a life path - dividing out, falling, gaining some reasssuring momentum and some pleasure, then DROP has the precipitous realisation that rejoining the flow is the end of this narrative.