Corrie Francis Parks‘s captivating stop-motion short film “Exchange year“It’s all about perspective. A constantly evolving landscape of tiny stones and banknotes creates mini-universes that fuse the two materials into culturally significant tableaus. “Between the shimmering layers of currency and sand lie connections that can be broken down in infinite ways. Every person who watches this film will discover different associations filtered by their worldly experience and national background, ”says Parks.
Although the sand shown is in small quantities – Parks can hold everything in both hands – it, like paper currency, comes from more than 50 countries, and both materials meet in an eternal juxtaposition of culture, economy and nature. The rocks flow across the screen like water and animals, while the colorful collages of torn money contrast various national personalities and legacies against a universal economic backdrop. “Canada’s interstellar pride meshes with the Gothic arches of St. Salvator’s Church in Prague. Portugal’s colonial conquests intertwine with Singapore’s nostalgic market economy. India’s signature animals wallow under a Chinese waterfall, ”says the Baltimore-based animator in an explanation.
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