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Cardboard Cinema: Robin Frohardt’s Handmade Worlds


  • Exhibition

  • On view now in Kidspace
  • Kidspace

Cardboard Cinema: Robin Frohardt’s Handmade Worlds is now on view in MASS MoCA’s Kidspace. This companion project to The Plastic Bag Store is an installation of handmade cardboard sets and puppets accompanied by Robin Frohardt’s animated short films.

Known for her rich aesthetic and highly detailed constructions, Robin Frohardt is a theater and film director whose work uses recognizable materials, often trash, to create richly detailed worlds that consider the relationship between capitalism and the resulting environmental catastrophe. The tactile quality of cardboard, the low-fi animation effects, rich sound, and dynamic lighting combine to create a cinematic expression that defies the humbleness of the material. Frohardt began using cardboard with the Cardboard Institute of Technology, a collective of artists creating immersive cardboard environments in San Francisco in the early 2000s. Her first cardboard film “Fitzcardboardaldo” premiered in 2013 at the Telluride Film Festival.

Kidspace is open during regular museum hours and admission is always free.