Sophie Penny
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Animating the Inanimate

My project is about finding personality in inanimate objects through the puppetry of everyday life. I am interested in creating narratives around objects, particularly everyday objects as they can seemingly become mundane.

When researching puppetry I became instantly fascinated in shadow puppetry for its poetic storytelling ability. With my work I have designed systems for promoting a space for animation in an object’s shadow. My ideas came from the concept of anthropomorphism, the ability to see human attributes in inanimate objects. I designed objects in order to question how we value the things we choose to surround ourselves with, the objects that make up our home. My aim is that these objects would promote the creation of stories. My projection devices work on the idea of the building up of shadows to create other images, making everyday life a stage.