Mirage (2014) is a short hybrid 2D / 3D animation, which explores the essence of memory and its significance in our lives. Through beautiful illustrations, Mirage shows the serendipitous convergence of our memories in the formation of a man’s body. Everything he saw became part of his body. Our memories are more often than not unstable and fluid retellings of past events that are presented through subjective interpretations. This makes them very inaccurate depictions of our pasts. In this short film, His memories, like all our memories, are illusions in a novel of his own creation. The truth behind these stories is fragile and easily lost. On the one hand, we chose to forget something or change the memories to create a different world: a world we feel comfortable with, a world we understand, a world as much as we hope it to be. On the other hand, things will never be forgotten, as their knowledge and influence will never disappear. The appearance of the truth might seem impossible to be restored. But maybe that is not the case any more.
About the Director and Animator:
Yaya Xu is a Chinese visual artist and motion graphic designer who received her BFA degree in Animation from Nanjing Normal University in China in 2012 and her MFA in Computer Art with a concentration in Motion Graphics from the School of Visual Arts in New York City in 2014. As an animator at Afabei Multimedia Company in Nanjing, China and a motion graphic designer at Beehive in New York City, Xu has contributed to numerous projects for international television and media clients. Her vivid animations and color saturated motion graphics explore a surrealism based on the instability of human cognition and people’s lives.