‘Here and the Great Elsewhere,’ by Michèle Lemieux, 2012

Michèle Lemieux, Here and the Great Elsewhere, 2012. Animation created with the Alexeïeff-Parker pinscreen. 14 min. 26 sec. Courtesy of the artist and the National Film Board of Canada.


Michèle Lemieux’s animated film Here and the Great Elsewhere was created using a pinscreen instrument invented in the early 1930s by innovators Alexandre Alexeïeff and Claire Parker. The Alexeïeff-Parker pinscreen consists of hundreds of thousands of thin metal pins, which can be pushed forward and lit from the side to cast shadows. Using the pinscreen, Here and the Great Elsewhere tells a story about a person who looks beyond everyday experience and into a new and extraordinary world.


The exhibition Michèle Lemieux: The Whole and Its Parts, From Drawings to Animated Films, which will include Lemieux’s animated films and production sketchbooks, will open at the Canadian Cultural Centre in Paris on April 14th, 2016 and travel to the Centre de design de l’UQAM in Montréal, where it will open on September 15th, 2016.


To submit a video proposal to our online gallery, please email Amber Moyles, Curatorial Assistant at amoyles@drawingcenter.orgincluding a brief description and video link.