“Anicca" is the Pali word for impermanence, and one of the three marks of existence in the Buddhist canon. This is a piece about the arc of any human experience, be it a moment, a period of time, place, relationship, or life itself, from emptiness to form and back to emptiness. We used motion capture of dancers in methods both figurative and abstract to explore a sense of presence in a virtual space in which movement is driven by natural human motion. My hope is that the viewer becomes aware of, and reflects upon, the arc of their own response to the space, be it aversion, attachment, or otherwise, as a way of seeing how they respond to all experiences, and to impermanence itself.
Directed by Cecilia Sweet-Coll
Music by Imaginal Cell
Dancers: Stevie Gibbs, Katrina Miller, Emily Rawl
Motion Capture Assistants: Matthew Steidl, Connor Kerrigan
Faculty Advisors: Michael Patterson, Maks Naporowski, Eric Hanson
Funded by a grant from the Princess Grace Foundation
Senior project in Animation and Digital Arts at USC's School of Cinematic Arts