HOSPES, 11:50min, puppet stop motion, release, spring 2022
sound designer: Andrew Paul Keiper
colorist: Jeffrey Chance
rig fabrication: Glen Smakula
I feel like a stranger in my own home when I’m asked “What are you?”; called “racially ambiguous”. They demand that I name my meat, clarify my race so that they know how to treat me. Hospes is a short experimental puppet stop motion that asks, how do you stay whole within a society that wants to deconstruct you? Performing a choreography of resistance, a scaffolded amalgam of body pieces tries to remain whole in an environment programmed to disassemble it.
Hospes uses expanded definitions of being as something multi-layered, transitional and diverse against a context of contemporary social coding based in categorization. It features an amalgam comprised of a patchwork of mismatched, unnamable and nondescript body pieces, stitched and tucked together with remnant material and fabrics. Flayed from its containment of skin, protuberances bouncing, autonomous meaty pieces are individually scaffolded by articulated supports. They can move in congress like a school of fish, but also curiously independent from one another.
The amalgam first appears in a low-lit unconfined space that gradually reveals itself as a corridor of opening and closing doors. The animation portrays a choreography of resistance performed by the scaffolded meaty bits battling to remain wholly together against the seductive advances of the chorus of opening and closing doors intent on separating and sorting the pieces.