An Animated Animator

Janie Geiser used to do scores of illustrations for The New York Times Book Review, and I was recently reacquainted with her work. She’s a puppet-maker, visual/performance artist, and
experimental filmmaker whose work explores the emotional power of inanimate objects, their sense of ambiguity, and their strength of design. Geiser has, for two decades,
created innovative, hypnotic works that integrate puppets and
performing objects with film and video.

She has a great ability to make children’s toys and
seemingly innocent objects resonate with adult fears. Her work is as beautiful as it is eerie. If you have yet to see her work, I’m pleased to introduce her here. (Some projects include “Babel Town” (above), “Lost Motion” (below), and Spiral Vessel (bottom). You can watch them on YouTube here.

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About Steven Heller

Steven Heller is the co-chair of the SVA MFA Designer /Designer as Author + Entrepreneur program, writes frequently for Wired and Design Observer. He is also the author of over 170 books on design and visual culture. He received the 1999 AIGA Medal and is the 2011 recipient of the Smithsonian National Design Award.

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