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The Star + The Moon

Pamela Phatsimo Sunstrum
The Star + The Moon, 2011
Single channel animation

The Star + The Moon is one of the first animations Sunstrum created that referenced her interests in finding parallels between ancient mythologies and futuristic sciences. The work was created in response to the research of American theoretical physicist, James Sylvester Gates Jr. Sunstrum was interested in Gates' work in "Supersymmetry" theory and was particularly fascinated by his theories that link the geometric structures in ancient Adinkra symbology to the complex mathematical codes embedded within the structures of time and space. The animation features a panoramic landscape constructed by mirroring Sunstrum's collaged drawings. The appearance and disappearance of a lone traveller activates cosmological and astronomical phenomena within the fantastical landscapes.