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It’s Painful Being A Wisp Of Smoke

  • Author(s): Pfeiffrer, Miranda
  • Advisor(s): LaFarge, Antoinette
  • et al.
Creative Commons 'BY' version 4.0 license

A collection of short essays, observations, and dérives. The piece negotiates the collage of research and experience that informs the creation of a long-form project, in this case the execution of an animated film. Reflective of this, the writing jumps from topic to topic, following the scent of meaning in an art practice. A walk through Los Angeles abuts the screen memory of 20th century animation, leading to a metaphysical discussion of time. The piece muses on the ethics of representation in pornography, while exploring the effects of severe depression on a maker. As with the animated film, Smoke’s Last Thought, the scope of an individual widens over the span of the writing.

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