Crossing the Rubicon
Digital Animation and Storytelling
In our increasingly fast-paced and digital lives, static art works can get lost in the rush. Twitter and texting have condensed our communication. The bevy of smartphone and tablet apps have made interaction and participation paramount. Yet in this cacophony we call life, we slow down for a good story. Films and stories have a way of inviting us in and we sit and stay for a while.
Our collective consciousness, creativity, traditions, and history are expressed and defined through stories. They allow us to explore various narratives and experience other cultures. Many times, stories allow us to question the world around us. We can examine our relationships with people and things and discover our own personal narrative. Stories are influential as we ask ourselves where do I belong and why? This awareness of our self within the greater scheme of life comes from interacting with stories. This awareness is both social and educational. Being able to interact with a piece of art is important. When we can immerse our senses with an artistic experience, we can ask questions and create conversations that may last longer than the original encounter.
Each of the five films presented in this exhibition contains an element in them in which a character crosses the Rubicon; they pass a point of no return. This is a defining moment for the character and a significant aspect in the story. These moments may be full of joy or sorrow, but significant nonetheless. We hope that our audience will sit and stay for a while for a good story and find the moments when the Rubicon is crossed.
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