Franklin Furnace Fund Recipients 2013-14

(Brooklyn, NY)Haisi Hu

On The Debris of Affluence

This project consists of a stop-motion claymation titled On The Debris of Affluence. The story tells of the survival of four characters trapped inside a cathedral during a flood. Besieged by the floodwaters and the detritus of their ruined city, the characters fight over their ideas for mankind’s future. The cathedral, containing numerous mystical artifacts, reminds them of their cultural heritage. While the flood transforms the set physically, the characters are changed spiritually as the story comes to a surreal ending.


Haisi Hu was born in Guangzhou, China and immigrated to New York City in 1992. She has since traveled extensively in developing countries to make creative work about cultures and their fragile ecosystems. Hu’s debut feature animation, Once Upon A Life, explored a character who suffers depression but found poetry in life. Her new stop-motion animation, On the Debris of Affluence, presents a microcosm of elaborate, meticulously crafted sets in which the characters struggle with global environmental problems.