Showcase: Anna Vasof on her project Non Stop Stop Motion

ZFF – Zentrum Fokus Forschung (University of Applied Arts Vienna)

Each month, AIL presents a selected artistic research project realised at the ZFF, the department for postgraduate research projects in the field of art and science. Anna Vasof’s “Non Stop Stop Motion”, an investigation of cinematic illusion in everyday life, is the third project in this series.

About the project

Non Stop Stop Motion is a series of experiments that took place from 2014 till 2020 and investigate where we can find the essence of cinematic illusion when we look at everyday life and what happens when we use everyday situations, objects, actions and spaces as cinematographic mechanisms. The film follows the attempts and the failures of an artist to understand the mechanics of motion and cinematography and her desires to find new ways of storytelling.

Anna Vasof: Non Stop Stop Motion, Still | Image by ©Anna Vasof Filmstill from Anna Vasof: Non Stop Stop Motion, © Anna Vasof

Anna, how do you transform understanding?

When I use the words understanding and transformation I start immediately feeling pretentious that's why I would like to take the opportunity to talk about research through artistic practice, an area where these words are circulating a lot. Great artists did always research, but what changes now, is that we start establishing educational and funding programs for research through art practice. Through this change, research through art practice can be an opportunity for artists to start communicating research questions, failures and processes that can have serious impact to many other fields and disciplines, but it can also be used as an excuse for excuses. In order to start transforming our narrow and problematic world we need less professional art researchers who jump from one topic to the other finding connections and more deeply curious people who are willing to risk their position and question systems.

Filmstill from Anna Vasof: Non Stop Stop Motion | Image by © Filmstill from Anna Vasof: Non Stop Stop Motion, © Anna Vasof

Anna Vasof is an architect and media artist. Born in 1985, she studied architecture at the University of Thessaly (2010) in Greece and Transmedia Art (2014) at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna. Since 2004 her videos and short movies have been presented in several festivals, some of them winning distinctions. At 2020 she finished her Ph.D. thesis about a cinematographic technique that she developed with the title Non Stop Stop Motion. She is now working on designing and building mechanisms for producing critical and narrative videos, actions and installations.

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