Made by Matthew Robins

Matthew Robins is an artist and musician from the West Country. Among other things, he makes animations that combine drawings, cut-out paper shapes and paint to create stop-motion collages, with an emphasis on surface patterns and an interest in the inherent 2D nature of the screen juxtaposed with a film’s ability to create an illusion of space and depth.  

ZOOM=ORPH takes inspiration from the patterns worked on the surfaces of the Staffordshire Hoard – in particular the animals and birds – bringing together these and other natural forms with the flowing / evolving lines of the metalwork and working with negative and positive silhouette shapes. 

Matthew works in an improvised way, often discarding the cut-out pieces in favour of the off-cuts left behind, animating and editing simultaneously to explore how these elements can come together to create something that is at once a narrative and a shifting kaleidoscopic sequence of patterns and tessellating flat shapes.

His animated film will be playing on our Front of house screens throughout the Festival.

“A silent movie in which every aspect has been created by a wayward child genius”  

The Guardian