animated poetry-FILMS EXPLAINED
Mon Pays was created in a very direct, intuitive manner with the principle of metamorphosis at its very core. The poem transformed into an animated film, as in its soundtrack, the poem transformed into a song. These transformations seem effortless due to the inherent qualities of time, rhythm and metre shared by animation, poetry and music. Metamorphosis not only functions as a process of creation, but also as one of conceptualisation. Conscious control over the creative process was relinquished to chance and improvisation through the concept of automatism and stream of consciousness. The production relied on the immediacy of the process of image making and the performative nature of intuitive animation.
Parys Suite is a personal film, expressing a personal experience of the city of Paris. I constructed a complex film in which a variety of options for the combination of moving imagery in the editing process were explored. This spirit of experimentation and the lack of adherence to prescribed formulas on animation production, and existing conceptions of poetry-film, opened up new possibilities and challenges on both technical and conceptual levels.
Parys Suite is episodic in format and consists of five movements.
Movement 1 consists of a poetry-film of the poem Piaf by Carina van der Walt. Using hand-drawn animation based on pixelated footage, the visual style chosen to depict this poem reflects its romantic nature.
Paris in circles consists of a 60 second flicker film of circular shapes as found all over the city.
In the poem Amon L’isa, Carina van der Walt expresses how her romantic illusions of the Mona Lisa were shattered when she visited the artwork for the very first time, and was confronted with a throng of rowdy tourists clamouring for a quick selfie with the painting.
Movement 4 is a 60 second flicker film using the concept of sign language to comment on our commonalities and our differences as expressed through statuary hands from Parisian public sculptures.
The poetry-film of nagwaak was inspired by the Nuit Debout public protests of March/April 2016 on the Place de la Republique in Paris. Instigated by a range of social issues, the protests were very civilised, organised, and even poetic, its aim a social revolution by peaceful, non-disruptive protest.