Visualizing Liminality
This two-part project combines excerpts from Victor Turner's "The Ritual Process" with a visual system made of threads. Tangled thread represents the confusion and upheaval that accompany transition periods. Tightly wrapped thread represents fixed points in social structure. 
A modern-day illustration of this idea: in general, a college student has a stable purpose and place in the world (thread is tight, structured, wrapped) but a recent grad might go through a period of endless questions and options and confusion (tangled thread) as she passes through the liminal period that precedes her next step.
I made the poster (below) first, and I wanted deciphering it to feel like the process of sifting through Turner's writing to distill meaning. The animated version clarified my vision for the threads, and gave me a different kind of control over the pacing of information.
Some poster details below:
The animation was created by tangling threads on a scanner, then using scissors and tweezers to carefully remove a fraction of an inch from the end of each thread between scans. Once I had snipped away all of the thread, I reversed the order of the scans so that the thread would appear to grow across the screen, then shifted each frame 1/16 of an inch to the left of the previous one to create loop-able footage.
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