Animations (selections)

The Tinsmith, 2015, 1:30 loop

One of a series of animated tintypes (early process photography from the 19th Century) musing on the limitations of our own thought process. 

Animation by Karen Ostrom
Writing by Joy Tomasko
Voice over by Fernando Pinto



As Estrelas de Morrinhos (The Stars of the Small Hills), 2013/ 7:38

As Estrelas de Morrinhos (The Stars of the Small Hills) was made while in residence at the Instituto Sacatar, Brazil (October – December 2013). The video was made as a result of meeting Maristela Ribeiro, a Brazilian artist who invited me to take part in her much larger multi dimensional project “o Projeto Casas do Sertão” which utilizes art as social intervention. Originally set to be screened a few days before I left Brazil in December in the village of Morrinhos, we were tragically rained out. However, the show did finally happen on February 1st of 2014. The people and the houses you get of glimpse of are in this village called Morrinhos (small hills) and are the inspiration for this video.
Sounds for the video were all captured while in residence.



Patent Pending, 2013/ 32:00

The 2013 Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival concluded with “Patent Pending,” a unique CONTACT festival event co-produced by Toronto’s Spectrum Music, and featuring Canadian born, Brooklyn-based interdisciplinary artist Karen Ostrom.

The result of a yearlong collaboration between Ostrom and Toronto composer Shannon Graham, “Patent Pending” presented a unique collaboration of original live music and multiple projections, and was presented at the 918 Bathurst Art Centre.

Installation & Animation: Karen Ostrom
Composition: Shannon Graham, Ben Dietschi, Caitlin Smith
Violin: Véronique Mathieu
Trumpet: Lina Allemano
Piano/Toy Piano: Stephanie Chua
Bass: Jesse Dietschi



Hand gLove, 2009/ 2:24

A short animated scene from Holiday in Hope, a larger cross-media project illuminating the lives of the inhabitants of a fictional fishing village.
Direction and Animation by Karen Ostrom
Music by Pete M Wyer



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