Marionettes, forms and relationships (2013)

L.A.S.E.R. talk, Stanford University

Artist Statement

Marionettes (and puppets in general) are often accused of stiff and unnatural movements. There seems to be a belief that a puppet does what its "master " wants. I disagree with this, believing instead that a puppet's form directs the puppeteer. During my talk I will present a breakdown of how a marionette is jointed and strung and why it is this way. I will show short videos of comparative puppet locomotion. I will discuss the individuality of marionettes and the cooperation between puppet and puppeteer.

Presentation Slides

L.A.S.E.R Program

"Exploring the Frontiers of Knowledge and Imagination, Fostering Interdisciplinary Networking"

Leonardo Art/Science Evening Rendezvous of August 8, 2013

The LASERs are a national program of evening gatherings that bring artists and scientists together for informal presentations and conversation with an audience.