It’s Friday, which means that we’ve got another video from the Scruffy Mutt Archive.
This weeks video is an experimental short film. Now experimental films are not everyone’s cup of tea. I completely understand why too. They border between the outright weird and utterly pretentious at times. This short is probably no different to some people. Long and short of it, I had to make it as that was the Uni module goal. But, once I’d dug a little deeper into the genre of experimental film I found myself warming to it.
It has a colourful history going back to the aftermath of the First World War. It was a social movement above all else. Many people were at a loss to understand how things like art and culture had a place in the world when we were capable of so much destruction and death. This lead to the Dada movement, which its basic foundation is to take something, destroy it and make something new out of it. At least that’s how I took it to mean. For example a poet may take a news paper article, rip it up, place the bits in a bag then draw them at random to make a poem out of the shreds.
There is a lot more to the genre than that, but this isn’t a history lesson (although if you’d like some content on this type of thing do drop me a line and I may do something). The ideas of Dada and painters such as Jackson Pollock were the inspiration for this film. It has a theme of change and transformation (The bit with the feet then the car is a representation of change from people walking to inventing cars for example).