This film is part of Free

Spirit of Place

Well met by moonlight – room service for the spirit. A one-take dream in Cocteauesque monochrome.

Animation & Artists Moving Image 1992 10 mins


Every room has a spirit which sleeps beneath the layers of peeling paint and wallpaper. Spirit of Place observes the awakening of such a spirit, coerced into life by moonlight to reveal sumptuous velvets, decaying gilt, and an assemblage of neo-Gothic objets d‘art – a ghostly reflection of its past. In one long, carefully choreographed sequence, pictures animate and a message is disclosed as the motion control camera passes on its programmed course.

Commissioned by animate!