Guido Devadder & Kaitlin McSweeney
Hungry Ghost contemplates the insatiable desire that drives, but also haunts, humanity. Similar to Schopenhauer's concept of Will and Eastern philosophy, desire is both the spark of life and the fire that consumes us. This poetic journey into the hazy underworld of the human psyche is visualized through a series of animated sculptures, based on the principles of 19th century optical toys, such as the phenakistiscope and zoetrope. Thus, loops become the essential building blocks for pacing both sound and image, allowing a holistic relationship to emerge between both.
Hungry Ghost is part of Guido’s PhD research on the remediation of looping proto-animation devices in contemporary moving image art: From Post-cinema to Pre-cinema and Back: A Media Archaeology of Loop Animation.