Film Still


Haefner, Knhik

Studio Specialty


Series Title

The Camera Flash and The Collapsing Train





Work Type

Stop Animation Installation


Mixed Media and video


2 Minute Loop

Artist Statement

“…Suppose I had found a watch upon the ground, and it should be inquired how the watch happened to be in that place; I should hardly think… the watch might have always been there. There must have existed, at some time, and at some place or other, an artificer or artificers, who formed [the watch] for the purpose which we find it actually to answer; who comprehended its construction, and designed its use.” — William Paley, Natural Theology (1802)

The invention of the mainspring – a coiled wire that untwines slowly – is the revolution that freed the clock. No longer constrained to the pendulum, time became portable. Time could be put in our pockets. The narrative of time suddenly relies on only the bits of copper and brass that exist next to us indefinitely.

Confronted with the changing landscape of Communism and industrializing Russia, filmmakers also turned to the narrative – constrained time within its own system. Like the mainspring, an animation frees the narrative. The construction of narrative, or, rather, the tools that construct the narrative inform this installation.

I want to live forever. I want to be a storyteller or a watchmaker, but I can only supply the tools for time to exist in space. I can only ever make watches and never make time.

Annual Collection


Haefner, Knhik, “Film Still,” Lewis & Clark Senior Art, accessed December 3, 2016, https://library.lclark.edu/seniorprojects/items/show/3911.
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