“From the Dizziness of Freedom: The Philosophy Vessel” (2016) 7'14" Digital SLR stop motion and hand-drawn experimental animation.
Digital SLR stop motion and hand-drawn experimental animation.
Best of Fest: Animation – Humboldt International Film Festival (April 2017)
Best Student Animation – SENE Festival (April 2017)
ASIFA-South RYO Animation Festival – Atlanta, GA – Official Selection (July 2016)
Montreal International Animation Film Festival – Official Selection International Student Competition – Montreal, QC (Aug 2016)
Black Cat Picture Show – Official Selection – Augusta, GA (Aug 2016)
ASIFA-China International Animation Day – Official Selection – Beijing, China (Oct 2016)
LA Underground Film Forum – Official Selection – Los Angeles, CA (Nov 2016)
SEFF Binghamton: Student Experimental Film Festival – Official Selection – Binghamton, NY (Dec 2016)
Cinema on The Bayou Film Festival – Official Selection – Lafayette, LA (Jan 2017)
Love Your Shorts Film Festival – Official Selection – Sanford, FL (Feb 2017)
Big Muddy Film Festival – Official Selection – Carbondale, IL (Feb 2017)
Animfest Athens – Official Selection Student Competition – Athens, Greece (Mar 2017)
Boston Underground Film Festival – Official Selection – Boston, MA (Mar 2017)
Moviate Underground Film Festival – Official Selection – Harrisburg, PA (May 2017)
GAZE – Artists Television Network – Animation Showcase – Official Selection – San Francisco, CA (June 2017)
For thousands of years, the labyrinth and the maze have played significant roles in the history, spirituality, mythology and entertainment of human society. Across cultures, these two winding structures have served several essential functions that often hold a symbolic connection with the philosophy of life. By tracing the contexts and concepts associated with various labyrinthine structures, we can view mazes and labyrinths as philosophical architecture that embodies the history of human meaning and metaphysical thought.
This film is a visualization of the strategies that people incorporate to find meaning in their lives inspired by the mythology and functions of mazes and labyrinths throughout history.
“If modern man, like his ancestors, continues to build labyrinths, then contemporary labyrinthine space, in some archetypal way, continues to reflect fundamental needs and fears. In fact, the circular structure of most labyrinths puts them in the category of the Jungian mandala — a universal symbol of central importance to the psychic experience of man. The persistence of the image of the labyrinth from the Egyptians to the present suggests, therefore, that man is still looking for answers to bothersome ontological questions.”
- Ben Stoltzfus