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Lynn Tomlinson

Born Augusta, GA 1967

Immortal Jellyfish

2013
Mixed Media digital video
Runtime 4:17
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Synopsis

"We are creating a world more like the late Precambrian than the late 1800s—a world where jellyfish ruled the seas and organisms with shells didn’t exist. We are creating a world where we humans may soon be unable to survive, or want to." -- Stung! On Jellyfish Blooms and the Future of the Ocean, by Lisa-ann Gershwin

Plastic-bottle jellyfish populate a post-human world. This film was the first step in creating “Medusa: The Immortal Jellyfish" a live performance piece combining animation, under-water puppetry, costume, sound, and live digital projection, performed at the Puppet Slamwich at Black Cherry Puppet Theater and QuestFest Visual Theater Festival in 2014.

Biography

Lynn Tomlinson is an animator, filmmaker, and interdisciplinary artist whose current creative work explores environmental themes, imagining how non-humans might view humanity’s social and environmental impact, using clay on glass and other tactile animation methods. A recipient of Independent Artist Fellowships in Media Arts from the states of Maryland, Florida, and Pennsylvania, her award-winning films have screened internationally in festivals including Annecy International Animation Festival, Ann Arbor Film Festival, Hiroshima International Animation Festival, Cinekid, and TIFF Kids. Her work is in MoMA’s collection, and recent gallery exhibitions include a one-person show at the University of Delaware, and group shows at the Park School of Baltimore, Delaware Contemporary, Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art, and the National Gallery. Her curatorial projects include Sister Cities Animated(2019) and Cross-Pollinated: Hybrid Art Abuzz (2015). She is currently an assistant professor at Towson University in the department of Electronic Media and Film.