Kracina, Damijan
No. 37
"Zoospective"
Artist: Kracina, Damijan
Title: Zoospective
Subtitle: (Zoological Retrospective)
Duration: 00:11:53
Year: 2000
Genre: Experimental video / Art video

 
SYNOPSIS

The video summarises the basic motifs of the artist’s work: endangered species and fantasy animals of the future. It comprises an omnibus of five individual video pieces and additional raw video footage. First, we see ‘proteus’, a computer-generated olm in motion; which is followed by ‘An Interview with an Endangered Species’, featuring frontal shots of the Soča Trout opening its mouth as if it were speaking; these are combined with an Aquarium video showing the flight of the Soča Trout. This is followed by a one-minute video entitled The Ant, which shows the last minute in the life of a dying ant. Finally, we watch a reconstruction of a video of the extinct, dog-like Tasmanian tiger. The omnibus continues with brief documentary footage of the artist describing the mating of a fictitious bird when he is outdoors in windy weather. The video concludes with the screening of photographs of a fantasy species of the future in its natural habitat: woods, a car park, and a playground. The animal is half-human half-kangaroo. The video features Proteus Font, which the artist created in the same year from parts of a computer-generated olm, declaring it the first indigenous Slovenian typeface. Among other things, the font mockingly presents the need for national identity, in the formation of which animals are used like other social tools - but in ways that often hurt them, and are decidedly of no benefit to them.



 
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