01.timescrap: 10.13.2020

A short short experimental video created while "sheltering in place" last year - when my sense of time felt distorted and irregular, like an astronaut floating around in space. The videosketch is a playful stop-frame animation created from a 2D collage project, coupled with vintage audio and sound bytes from the NASA freeuse archives. The video plays a part in a larger body of work titled “Timescraps from the Universe”.

  • Krista Leigh Steinke
    Sun Notations, The Earth is Not A Spaceship, Life Line
  • Project Type:
    Animation, Experimental, Short
  • Genres:
    experimental, stop frame, animation
  • Runtime:
    1 minute
  • Completion Date:
    March 26, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    0 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
    stop-motion animation
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Flatland Film Festival
    Lubbock, TX
    United States
    Official Selection
  • Moving-Image-Arts International Shorts
    April 7, 2022
    Canadian Premiere
    Official Selection
Director Biography - Krista Leigh Steinke

Krista Steinke is an interdisciplinary artist working in experimental photography, video, film, and installation. Her work draws from various sources such as art and photographic history, science, current events, the female perspective, and personal experience, as a way to investigate how the physical, cultural, and personal intertwine.

Her time-based works have been screened at The Dallas Contemporary, TX; Currents New Media Festival, NM; Jersey City Art Museum, NJ; Earth Day Film Festival, CA; Aurora Picture Show, TX; Symphony Space, NY; aCinema Space, WI; Detroit Museum of New Art, MI; Palm Springs Art Museum, CA; Sarai Media Lab, New Delhi; Goliath Visual Space, NY; Baltimore Artscape, MD; and the Green Screen Environmental Film Festival, Trinidad + Tobago; among others. She is the recipient of a Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Fellowship, two grants from the Puffin Foundation, a Promise Award from the Sustainable Arts Foundation, and a Fellowship from the Howard Foundation.

Krista received a MFA in Photography and Digital Imaging from The Maryland Institute, College of Art, a BFA in Studio Art from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and a BA in Art and Humanities from Valparaiso University. She has lived all over Texas and in New York City, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Seattle, and Chicago, among other places. Currently, she divides her time between Houston and rural New York state.

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Director Statement

Situated between recorded document, formal abstraction, and visual poetry, my work revolves around the human-environmental relationship and how photography (both moving and still) helps us to better understand ourselves through the lens of the natural world. Through experimentation and unconventional techniques, the photographic medium and its materiality is explored as a tool, interrogated as a subject, or used as a catalyst for new possibilities such as a mixed media collage, animation, or installation. I am interested in setting up scenarios that embrace the mystery of optics, element of chance, and the conceptual impact of materials, looking for ways to work with the photographic medium that can speak to both its past as well as its future.

Cycles in nature, passage of time, and the fragile impermanence of life are some thematic threads that run through my work. Referencing various sources such as art and photographic history, science, current events, the female perspective, and personal experience, my work often takes a diaristic form as a way to illustrate how the physical, cultural, and personal intertwine. The plight of insects, the pathway of the sun, a hurricane, and now, a virus – the subjects I choose reflect upon how nature impacts our lives—in ways that are both obvious and more mysterious—while sometimes calling attention to broader issues surrounding our community and the physical environment.