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Acrophobia (2013)

3D animation exploring acrophobia: the fear of heights.

My avatar tries to stop herself falling while attempting to suppress the contradictory but overwhelming lure of the edge.

The Total Extent of Her World (2016)

The rails cut short preventing her escape, abandoned and unloved. Back and forth, like an animal in a zoo, this is now the total extent of her world.

Derelict at Dunaskin in Scotland, a short train consisting of a narrow gauge diesel engine, two tank wagons and two four wheel flats. 

Part of the Animated Still Life project.

The Delirium of the Virgin Forest

The Delirium of the Virgin Forest - Isabel Skinner (2018)

Single channel, HD projection. Digital 3D landscape - continuous loop of a minimally moving ecosystem with random events

The wide-screen, single channel HD projection shows a tract of equatorial forest. Blending reality and simulation, what at first seems natural and beautiful, grows unsettling and unsafe.  The ambient terrain behaves as an image with malfunctioning code, the past and the future of the rail track sporadically glitch in and out of the frame. A thundering locomotive emerges from a point in the distance but then a shrouded figure hovers above the rails. The imagery portrays the story of an abandoned future, technology and human negligence in conflict with the natural environment.

The installation is also showing planet-side at:

The Cragg SR at University for the Creative Arts, Canterbury

The Delirium of the Virgin Forest is now available on DVD and Blu-Ray

as part of 'A Series of Shorts' accompanying the remarkable new film

LEK AND THE DOGS by Andrew Kötting

available here

The Delirium of the Virgin Forest is first in a series of three animations The Rails of Progress, inspired by The Lumière brothers' framing of L'arrivée d'un train en gare de La Ciotat.

Previously in the Dark Space Gallery

Orbital Mechanics - this transmission is coming to you (2019)

Five minute animated loop

The installation creates a low earth orbit view of the normally invisible shield protecting our fragile planet. Colours occur when gases and particles in each layer of our atmosphere act as prisms, filtering out certain colours of light. Closest to the surface of Earth, the orange-red glow reveals the troposphere, the lowest, densest layer, the one in which we breathe. The next layer is the stratosphere, followed by the mesosphere, thermosphere, and exosphere - fading from shades of blue to the blackness of space.

Our moon has no atmosphere and appears essentially grey.

Fifty years ago humankind first left our colourful planet to set foot on our monochrome moon. 

Sit back, relax and follow the Apollo spacecraft on its journey to the moon and back.

High Roller by The Crystal Method

The Minotaure (2021)

The Minotaure (2021)

Animated short film, black and white

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