Finger Machines

Seed Home Video

This film started as an animated exploration- just a few short clips, but for some reason I (Morgan) couldn’t stop making them and I demanded to know why! Soft and tactile machinery are the direct opposite of what you’d expect from machines but this wasn’t it… I realised that it was feeling something physical from watching. This (it turns out) is down to a phenomenon called synaesthesia;

‘Synaesthesia is a perceptual phenomenon in which stimulation of one sensory or cognitive pathway leads to automatic, involuntary experiences in a second sensory or cognitive pathway’

It was this mysterious connection to the visuals that was driving my interest… and I also really like the thought of being able to hijack someone’s senses.

Synaesthesia and empathy go hand in hand- in order to have perceived feeling you will have empathised in order to feel it. But it’s possible that you challenge your empathy for it, because you are being put in this rather provocative situation you never asked to be in. My sting for MTV also plays on the synaesthetic, but this film in parts preceded it.


Directed and animated by Morgan Powell

Music by Ana Roman