Imagine an eyeball in a mountainside. Or the sky. Or some giant hands in a cave. Imagine those hands unveiling some eggs, one of which rolls down the mountain and launches into space becoming a cosmic entity that makes out with the moon. OK, now stop imagining because you’ll spoil the experience of watching Miwa Matreyek’s Lumerence which features all those things and more.
The video features both animation and footage of the human body, merging them both on screen to form a mix of real and imagined—like if Terry Gilliam’s Monty Python animations got serious and tackled transcendence. On her website, Matreyek talks about her interest in mixing these disparate forms and also refers to the animations as performance pieces where she merges the projected visuals with her own body:
Matreyek is interested in how animation transforms when it is combined with body and space (and vice-versa) and takes on a more physical and present quality, while body and space take on a more fantastical quality.
On one hand, Matreyek’s performance can be viewed as a cinematic experience taking place on a screen. On the other hand, what is seen on the screen is a collapsed product of multiple layers of animation, objects and body, rhythmically unfolding. Her work exists in a juxtaposition of illusion and non-illusion.