Re-Imagining Orozco: Table of Universal Brotherhood 2010

Motion Graphics and Animation


  • Serin Inan: Lead Compositor (All Transitions, Animated Opening
  • Seul Lee: Rotating Tables
  • Ernesto Gutierrez Lezama: Hell Scene (Art and Design)
  • Umut Ozover: Overlapping Tables
  • Se Hee Choe: Electronic Tables
  • Halli Gomberg: Myths Scene
  • Robert Jan DeVries: Visual Effects Supervisor and Co-Faculty
  • Anezka Sebek: Director/Producer and Co-Faculty

Original music composed and performed by David Lopato, Faculty, The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music.

An "Orozco Animation Seminar" was created by Anezka Sebek to explore Orozco's Table of Universal Brotherhood from a contemporary perspective. Students were asked to imagine who might be seated at the table today, or if such a table was relevant in the twenty-first century. The result of their intensive collaboration is the animated short, Re-Imagining Orozco: Table of Universal Brotherhood 2010. While the design process for the overall piece was a collaborative effort, each scene reflects the distinctive voice of the individual animation artist. A narrative of the film follows, as described by the collaborators:

This animation is an endless cycle that begins and ends with Orozco's original version of The Table of Universal Brotherhood. To us, Orozco's figures seemed not to be communicating with each other. We decided that nothing has really changed in the twenty-first century. There are only new versions of war, suffering, religious strife, and lack of clear communication.

We begin with the tearing apart of Orozco's theatrical set. It is turned upside down as the original figures fall out of their seats. The book on the table flies toward us revealing the scenes of a moving table where a series of prominent artists of the world are seated, replaced by a group of celebrities. We then sink into a hot, hellish landscape where there is pain, violence, war, suffering, religious persecution and, finally, a nuclear bomb. The flames are doused with a gentle rain that falls from an "Orozco sky". A table of powerful authors and other world leaders flips like a Transformer toy; the tabletop replicating itself and revealing new configurations of well-known figures, from prominent women to peacemakers, until all the tabletops explode into millions of tables connected through an electronic grid.

In the final segment, we focus in and find modern world leaders caught in a re-enactment of Aesop's Fables, our tribute to Orozco's love of myth. Satirizing a political world run amok, we witness Obama struggling as Sisyphus, Alan Greenspan and Ahmadinejad re-enacting the Fable of the Sour Grapes. The last scene of an endless oil spill blurs into the blank pages of the original book and finds us back where we began, at Orozco's Table of Universal Brotherhood.

Table of Sisterhood   Table of Writers
Sonia Sotomayor   Octavio Paz or
Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Elena Kagan   Anne Frank
Michele Obama   Maya Angelou
Mother Teresa   Art Spiegelman
Aung San Suu Kyi   Amy Tan
Benazir Bhutto   Orhan Pamuk
Neda Agha-Soltan   Salman Rushdie
Margaret Thatcher   J.K. Rowling
Gloria Steinem   Stephen King
Afet Inan   Gao Xingjian
Table of Celebrities   Table of Artists
Selma Hayek   José Clemente Orozco
Barbra Streisand   Steven Spielberg
Michael Jackson   Kara Walker
Sean Connery   Jean-Michel Basquiat
Rain   Tim Burton
Sertab Erener   Abidin Dino
Jackie Chan/Bruce Lee   Mira Nair
Anthony Hopkins   Matthew Barney
Meryl Streep   Banksy
Yo-Yo Ma   Takashi Murakami
Table of Peacemakers   Table of Leaders
Luz Mendez   Barack Obama
David Ben-Gurion   Angela Merkel
Martin Luther King   Felipe Calderon
Rosa Parks   Alan Greenspan
Charlize Theron   Pope Benedict XVI
Kim Dae-Jung   Abidin Dino
Nelson Mandela   Dalai Lama
Ban Ki-moon   David Cameron
John Lennon   Dmitry Medvedev
Al Gore   Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
Kofi Annan    
Click to view Table of Universal Brotherhood Personalities
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