Animation does to history what it does to nature. Animation evokes history, plays with it, undermines it, subverts it, but it does not have it, just as it does not have nature. It has second nature. Or different nature. It has different history. It models the possibility of possibility. 

Esther Leslie From “Animating History”

Moving Image

Reels

Six Animated Textiles (A Collaboration with Courtney Puckett and Colin O’Con). New York Textile Month Webinar Recording and World Premiere (2020)

Public Domain Review Interventions 2018-2020 Reel

Nudibranchs x 10 (2020)

2018-2019 Animation and Motion Graphics Reel

Animated Essays

How I Mapped the Fluid Border Between El Paso and Juárez for CityLab (August 2019)

Industrial Light and Magic words and animation about inventor Mary Hallock-Greenewalt for Topic Magazine (June 2019)

The City I love is Destroying Itself Longreads interview with El Paso historian, David Dorado Romo for Longreads (November 2018)

Border Landscapes (ongoing)

100 Partially Obscured Views (ongoing)

Agents of the Chihuahuan Desert (2018)

Book Trailers

Book Trailer for Megan Rosenbloom’s Dark Archives: A Librarian’s Investigation into the Science and History of Books Bound in Human Skin FSG Press (July 2020)

Book trailer for Benjamin Wurgaft’s Meat Planet: Artificial Flesh and the Future of Food UC Press (2019)

Book Trailer for Evan Kindley’s Questionnaire Object Lessons/Bloomsbury (2016)

Book Trailer for Ariana Kelly’s Phone Booth Object Lessons/Bloomsbury (2015)

Educational Animation

Animation and motion graphics for Tanya Golash Boza’s 15-part series on the Origins of Race and Racism for UC Merced (2018-2019)

Joanne McNeil’s web series Just Browsing (2017)

Collaborations

Animation collaboration with artists Courtney Puckett and Colin O’con for New York Textile Month

Performance documentation of Photon Ecstasy (Kepler-37) collaboration with l’Ao at Queens Museum (February 2019)

I Offer You (Collaboration with l’Ao using French Textile Sample from 1865)  (2018)

A Retelling of the Cowherder and the Weaver in the Age of Migration Collaboration with Xiren Wang, Leo Kuelb Collection (2017)

Daily Moving Image

https://www.instagram.com/nicoleantebi

https://www.instagram.com/lineanimation/

Other

Music Video for Alka’s “Melancholy Lasts” Track (VeryRecords 2017)

“The Beach That Speaks” An Excerpt from Brian Thill’s book Waste

Animated by Nicole Antebi (2017)

Magic Square (2016)

Last Crow at Marienbad (2015)

Telling of the Bees Telling (2015)

Uisce Beatha: A Mulholland Bestiary (2015)

Riparianism (2014)

The Shack (2014)

Water, CA Loan Library (2012)

Water, CA (2008-2012)

Public Domain Review Interventions 2018-2020

I grew up hearing stories about my great-grandfather, a Jewish immigrant and tailor, who worked in various high-end department stores in Manhattan. He would save the discarded scraps from the apparel he was working on and seamlessly piece together shirts and dresses for everyone in the family. I think I’ve always been drawn to textiles and their patterns for this reason. In 2018 I discovered a Book of French Textile Samples (1863) at the Public Domain Review.

The rough square samples were composed in unpredictable ways on each page. I was curious about how the patterns could create a kind of narrative through movement. From there I began ‘weaving’ short animations into the bookplates. Later I moved onto other Public Domain Review featured books that intersected with my other interests in alchemy, biology, geometry, pattern poetry, atmospheric phenomenon, sound visualizations, water and wave formations and others. I try to create one animation a day and post to Instagram. This is meant both as a way to continue experimenting in animation, but also as a way to learn more about these fascinating text. I’ve amassed so many at this point, I now create small reels organized by text to screen in micro-film programs. I will premiered the full reel of PDR animations at North Rock Center for Sculptural Arts Summer Invitational 2020.

“Studies on Twilight Phenomena, after Krakatoa” (1888) Chromolithographs from watercolour images by Eduard Pechuël-Loesche via The Public Domain Review. I added some charcoal from this year’s fires (2020)

Attributions by bookplate: https://www.instagram.com/nicoleantebi

Full reel: https://vimeo.com/436861361

2018-2019 Reel

Selections from my professional and creative test work spanning 2018-2019. Animated Essays, 2D Character Concept Animation, Clay Animation, Puppet Animation, Public Domain Review Interventions, Web Series, Educational Videos, and Book Trailer.

How I Mapped the Fluid Border Between El Paso and Juárez for CityLab

I wrote about the movement of people and water in El Paso/Juárez and parts of New Mexico for CityLab and the process of making an animated meander map for the Rio Grande/Río Bravo because one did not already exist and sometimes you have to make the map you want to see in the world.

View full animated essay here:

https://www.citylab.com/life/2019/08/rio-grande-map-us-mexico-border-history-el-paso-rio-bravo/596227/