ROCKPORT — In a lecture entitled “Architecture as Puppet” on Thursday, Feb. 10, at 1 p.m., animator Sara Stern presents recent work with architectural themes, which utilize moving image installation, sculpture and photography. Registration is required at

In her work, Stern stages anthropomorphic interactions between objects, playfully highlighting the dynamics between the industrial and the organic. Everyday objects speak to each other and perform scenes about their history as a material while also inventing alternate realities.

Stern’s talk will highlight her current multimedia puppetry project about “Marble Man” and “Glass Girl”—two supervillain characters who emerge from their namesake materials, speaking and questioning the ideologies of their architectural uses.

Stern is a member of the MFA guest faculty at Maine Media Workshops and College.

This lecture is part of the Alumni Lecture Series—a weekly online series offered by Maine Media Workshops + College featuring stimulating conversations on topics in photography, filmmaking, book arts and design, and writing.

The Alumni Lecture Series is free and open to the public through the generous sponsorship of Camden National Bank, WERU Community Radio FM89.9, Eaton Peabody Attorneys at Law, Allen Insurance and Financial, Two Ponds Press, Page Gallery, B&H Photo and Video, and Cedar Crest Inn, as well as through donations from individuals.