Nothing Ever Happened

2009
9.0'
CA
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  • Bildwechsel
Synopsis

An experimental animation using digital collage and found images that illustrates a surreal internal landscape occupied by child-creature hybrids and animal imagery. “A child goes off to school and must re-evaluate everything they have known,” the artist writes as a deliberately simplistic synopsis.[1] Fish, dogs, cats and birds interact with fish tanks, living room furniture, poppies, school busses and the first artificial heart prosthesis in an unsettling moving collage. “Relationships between the objects, animals and sound create a commentary on seeing and invisibility as experienced by the body.” The menacing feeling of animalistic predators and prey seeps into every scene, as odd sexual metaphors manifest with alien-like qualities, mixed with an uncanny sound-track of aquarium sounds, a purring cat, and human barking. The myriad images and seemingly disconnected dialogue – “she’s gone, she can’t remember where she left her body” one voice intones – belie the myth of abuse that would have survivors believe that “nothing ever happened,” a contradiction many struggle with every day in various ways. 

[1] http://jessicamaccormack.com/2013/09/nothing-ever-happened/