Stars of the Lid is a microcosmic universe made up of spheres, reflections and glittering lights. The focal point of this film shifts between subatomic particles and the grandeur of the sparkling lights of an imagined city. Inside is a fluid space sculpted by light and existing within an absence of realistic scale. Instead the scale of the space is in constant motion, malleable and fluid. An exploration of reflective materials and constructing space, this film is somewhat like looking through various microscopes. The material of light is used as an animating life force. Animation bringing things to life and what can visually bring things to more to life than light? The sound design for the video is created from manipulated early analog keyboards and sampled electronic sounds from the 70's and 80's. These sounds attempt to sonically convey the formation and dissolution of space. From tight tin-like punches to dense hums, these sonic vibrations bring into focus the environmental sounds lurking around us everyday.
Looking back on when I made this film, I can see I was very inspired by living in Chicago and the buildings there. The glass, the steel, the magnitude of the cityscape really got to me after living in Seattle, which was then still rather pokey in comparison. I tried to take the abstract essence of the space I was in and translate to film. The influence of computers and virtual space is also important. I responded to all of these various inputs in a very basic way materially and the magic of stop motion and playing with light really seemed to fit. I am also very influenced by early film experiments by artists like Oskar Fischinger or Mary Ellen Bute.