From the Dizziness of Freedom: The Philosophy Vessel


Animated | Short | 8 min

For thousands of years, the labyrinth and the maze have played significant roles in the history, spirituality, mythology and entertainment of human society. Across cultures, these two winding structures have served several essential functions that often hold a symbolic connection with the philosophy of life. By tracing the contexts and concepts associated with various labyrinthine structures, we can view mazes and labyrinths as philosophical architecture that embodies the history of human meaning and metaphysical thought.

This film is a visualization of the strategies that people incorporate to find meaning in their lives inspired by the mythology and functions of mazes and labyrinths throughout history.   

 About the Artist

Melissa Ferarri

Melissa Ferrari is an experimental animation artist who seeks to acquaint mythologies of the past with contemporary ideas through the lens of philosophy. In exposing peripheral histories, she seeks to unveil the mystery and wonder that lies in the shadow of nonfiction, rather than fiction.

Melissa is currently an Experimental Animation MFA candidate at CalArts (’19). She is a recent graduate of the BA/BFA dual-degree program at Tufts University and the School of the Museum of Fine Art, Boston. Recently, Melissa worked as an animation artist at Dusty Studio in New York City.



Melissa Ferrari

Music and Sound

Dillon Cahill

Friday, Feb 24, 2017

University Museum


(Following Minotauress)

  ASIFA-South RYO Animation Festival |  Atlanta, GA, United States | July 28, 2016 | Official Selection

Montreal International Animation Film Festival | Montreal, QC, Canada | August 19, 2016 | Official Selection

Black Cat Picture Show | Augusta, GA, United States | August 20, 2016 | Official Selection

ASIFA-China International Animation Day | Beijing, China | October 28, 2016

Binghamton Student Experimental Film Festival | Binghamton, NY, United States |December 3, 2016