Category Archives: Karen Aqua

Animation films from the HFA collections

Unid scratch film_KAqua

There are some amazing animated films that have been gracing our film benches over the past few months. Some favorites we’ve inspected include Sleeping Beauty (1934) by Russian filmmaker Alexander Alexeieff, inventor of pinscreen animation, Perpetual Motion (1992) and a beautiful scratch film (pictured above) both from the Karen Aqua Collection.


Perpetual Motion (1992)

We especially enjoyed inspecting a print of Adventures of an * (1957), a moving short that depicts the life cycle of a man from childhood to adulthood, and utilizes a brilliant jazz score to offset the images.


The Adventures of an * (1957)

You can explore the holdings in our Animation Collection on the HFA website and through the Harvard Library Catalog, HOLLIS+.

[note: since this posting we have learned that the unidentified scratch film pictured at the top of this page was likely produced by one of Karen Aqua’s students as part of Aqua’s animation workshop course. Many thanks to Ken Field for his insight about this collection!]

collections update: Karen Aqua

Just shy of one year ago we announced to you here on our humble blog that work had begun on Karen Aqua’s extensive collection of animation.

Well I’m back today to announce that the project is complete!  What does this mean for you,  dear reader?

First, you can view a comprehensive list of all material in the collection here.

Next, you can visit us at our office in Cambridge to view these films and videos by contacting our research liaison to set up a research appointment.

In addition, you can read a little more about Karen Aqua’s life and films here and here, or watch a few of her animations online here.

And finally, as always, you can contact us if you need more information about this or any of the other 25,000+ items in our collection.