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Sands and currencies from dozens of countries converge in an endless exchange of culture and economy

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#Collage
#Currency
#Sand
# Stop motion
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June 11, 2021

Grace Ebert

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.

See behind the scenes footage of Parkss Microsand process, where each grain is moved around with a toothpick or tweezers before photographing, along with some of her other animated projects Vimeo.

#Collage
#Currency
#Sand
# Stop motion
#Video

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