Emma Allen calls short film Santiago an “animated self-portrait”—not just of the artist and performer herself, but of the human race itself. It starts with images of the smallest water-dwelling organisms, moves on to mammals, and then envisions an endpoint, or perhaps a new level, that looks decidedly robotic.

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This entire piece runs just over a minute long, and it’s so visually dynamic (despite literally unfolding across Allen’s face) that you’ll want to watch it again, just to see how she does it.

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