sequence of digital files, black and white, silent, 8 minutes, looped, 2011



     Inanimate includes 120 images of objects in a vertical (portrait) format found in the Library of Congress.  These portraits of inanimate objects are animated with zooms 120 frames, or 4 seconds, in length.  The inspiration for this seemingly arbitrary collection of still images transformed into sites of vertiginous motion is philosophical.  The distinctions between what is living (i. e., what has a soul) and what is not living, and between what moves and what is inert, were of profound importance to Pre-Socratic philosophers, and they continue to preoccupy thinkers to this day.