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17 MARCH 2016

Milos Rajkovic: Skinner Box Head

"Rajkovic creates animated portraits of anonymous archetypes with deconstructed heads and symbolic components that operate like finely tuned machines. Everything is fair game: a religious figure with alter, candles, and a rotating luxury car; U.S. military figures with weight-lifting Ronald McDonald, skeletons, praying hands, and a flat screen TV playing 24-hour cable news.

The brains of these figures are compromised–sometimes portrayed as dropping into a pool of blood or being picked at by a vulture-like bald eagle–so comprised possibly that they are missing the capacity for human empathy. Are they all portraits of psychopaths perhaps? I'm guessing that Milos' answer might be affirmative—these are the psychopaths who run your government, military, religious and corporate institutions."

(Chris McDonnell, 31 December 2013, Cartoon Brew)

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2013 • animal behaviour • animated portrait • birdbizarre imagerybizarre machines • Burrhus Frederic Skinner • Cartoon Brew • deconstructed heads • facefantastical worlds • finely tuned machines • grotesquehuman head • Milos Rajkovic • miniature machines • mutant science • operant conditioning chamber • physiology • Serbian artist • Skinner box • speculative biology • surreal imaginings

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Simon Perkins
21 NOVEMBER 2014

Nuggets: an animation about the downhill slide into drug addiction

"Ein Kiwi bewegt sich entlang einer Ebene. Er entdeckt einen Gold Nugget und kostet. Es ist köstlich.

In knapper und äußerst reduzierter Form mit wenigen Linien und Farben (schwarz–weiß–gelb) und einem starken, sicheren Gefühl für Rhythmus offenbart der Film das Prinzip der Sucht: Er zeigt, wie der Stoff den ganzen Körper erfüllt, zum Abheben bringt und leicht dahin schweben lässt. Er zeigt die harte Landung und den stärker werdenden Drang, das Hochgefühl wiederzuerlangen. Aber die Höhenflüge werden immer kürzer, müssen in immer knapperen Zeitabständen wiederholt werden. Gleichzeitig wird der Aufprall in der Realität immer härter und schmerzvoller. Dabei wird der Körper stärker und stärker in Mitleidenschaft gezogen. Kaum merklich wird der anfangs helle Vogel vor hellem Hintergrund in feinen Schattierungen von Grau immer dunkler, bis der Stoff der Träume ihn schließlich nicht mehr locken kann.

Durch die reduzierten Stilmittel wirkt der Film umso überzeugender. Auf dem schwarz–weißen Hintergrund geht von dem leuchtend gelben, runden Nugget eine sichtbare Versuchung aus. Wer würde ihn nicht probieren wollen? Dabei steht der Nugget nur als Metapher, hinter der sich verschiedene Formen der Sucht verbergen können: Drogen, Erfolg, Reichtum etc. Darüber hinaus könnte man den Film als Sinnbild des Lebens interpretieren, in dessen Verlauf man alles ausschöpfen will, bis unmerklich der Lebensabend naht und alles relativiert.

Ein kurzer Film mit klarer Form und Aussage, der aber dennoch viele Deutungen zulässt."

(Deutsche Film – und Medienbewertung)

Director: Andreas Hykade, Country: Germany, Year: 2014, Length: 5 mins 17 secs.

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20142D animationallegory • Andreas Hykade • Angela Steffen • animated short filmbirdchemical dependency • cycle of addiction • dependence • downhill slide • drug addictiondrug takingdrug user • FFA Berlin • floatingGerman cinema • golden nugget • Heiko Maile • Kiwiline drawing • Nuggets (2014) • physical transformation • Ralf Bohde • repeating patternsubstance abusesubstance dependencesymbolic meaningvector animationvisual metaphoryellow

CONTRIBUTOR

Simon Perkins
08 MARCH 2014

The Magic Canvas (1948): An animated quest for freedom

"After the war years the studio made this beautifully fluid experiment in animation, a remarkable achievement before computers were born. The film shows how the union of the material and spiritual natures of man can lead to fulfilment. John Halas with the Hungarian designer Peter Foldes produced and directed Magic Canvas with an original score by Matyas Sieber, a student of Bella Bartok."

Year: 1948; Length: 10 mins; Production: John Halas, Joy Batchelor; Direction: John Halas; Script: John Halas; Design: John Halas, Peter Foldes; Animation: Wally Crook; Music: Matyas Sieber.

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19482D animation • abstract score • animation • associative images • balletbirdBritish animationcel animationdanceenvironment as antagonistescapeexistential insightexistentialismfreedomfulfilmentHalas and Batchelorhand-painted stop motion animationimprisonmentJohn HalasJoy Batchelor • Matyas Sieber • Peter Foldes • separation • struggling to be free • surrealist style • The Magic Canvas (1948) • traditional animationtrapped • visual association • visual metaphor • Wally Crook • war years

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Simon Perkins
19 OCTOBER 2009

e. Menura Superba: interactive lyre bird

"e. Menura Supurba is an interactive artwork. It explores the paradox between our fascination with the exotic, and our potentially dystopic future devoid of many animal species. The work hybridises seventeenth to early twentieth century aesthetics with refined post consumer waste materials, to create a simulacra of a lyre bird. ...

Individual lyre bird's have been documented making sounds such as camera shutters, flute and piano melodies, even chain saws. This repertoire has value beyond mere curiosity. It is also an interesting gauge of our acoustic environment as it mimics sound pollution – an often overlooked interaction between humanity and the natural world. ...

Once e. Menura Superba has attracted an audience, it shows it's repertoire of plumage colours, recorded from previous encounters with other people. If it recognizes a face, it studies the person's clothes. If the colours are of interest, or the person pays a lot of attention to the sculpture, it will remember the clothing colours, for inclusion in his next display when new people attracted by it's call. Over time, the sculpture develops a repertoire of calls and plumage colours, derived from audience interaction."

(Gavin Sade and Priscilla Bracks, 2009)

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2009Australiaautomatabird • e. Menura Supurba • exoticGavin Sadeglowinginteraction designinteractiveinteractive artworkISEA • ISEA2009 • lyre bird • mechanical birdPriscilla Brackssculpturesimulacra

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Simon Perkins
07 JULY 2009

Kiwi! (a flightless bird's dream of flight)

"Kiwi! is an animation about a Kiwi – a type of bird that cannot fly, who spends its whole life working towards achieving his dream. The kiwi strived to create the illusion that it was flying over a forest as it soared down through the sky from the top of a cliff. Thus, the kiwi spent what must have been its whole life nailing trees to the side of a cliff. All this, to fulfil its one dream of flying, even though it was technically unable to."

(Jordan Bustin, 15 November 2006, ISFAT)

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20063D animationabsurd condition of humanityAfter Effectsallegoryanimated short filmbird • birds of New Zealand • Dony Permedi • existential themesfallingfantasy about death • flightless bird • flyingforesthumans define their own meaning • ISFAT • Kiwi • Kiwi (animated short film) • living the dream • Mayameaninglessness of lifeMFA • MFA Computer Art • nail • national symbol • New York City • New Zealand birds • School of Visual Arts • short filmsymbolic meaning • The Setup Machine • Tim Cassell • trees

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Simon Perkins
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