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.



 
SERIES
 
OTHER WORKS
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Damijan Kracina, Vladimir Leben - GalapagosDamijan Kracina, Vladimir Leben - GalapagosDamijan Kracina, Vladimir Leben - Galapagos
Damijan Kracina, Vladimir Leben - Galapagos (00:05:39)
Production: 2005
The video was created for a joint exhibition by Leban and Kracina entitled Galapagos. We see close-ups of an artificial installation of Galapagos Island, with a volcano at its centre. When individual animal species or motifs appear, the shots of the Islan...
Damijan Kracina, Katarina Toman Kracina - Marmelada / MarmaladeDamijan Kracina, Katarina Toman Kracina - Marmelada / MarmaladeDamijan Kracina, Katarina Toman Kracina - Marmelada / Marmalade
Damijan Kracina, Katarina Toman Kracina - Marmelada / Marmalade (00:03:37)
Production: 2004
Are you familiar with that tingling feeling somewhere that emerges around the root of your tongue when you eat marmalade without bread and butter? The marmalade sticks to your palate and its taste lingers in your mouth for a long time. It's that spec...
Damijan Kracina, Vladimir Leben - Ape BoysDamijan Kracina, Vladimir Leben - Ape BoysDamijan Kracina, Vladimir Leben - Ape Boys
Damijan Kracina, Vladimir Leben - Ape Boys (00:12:11)
Production: 2004
This music video with Damijan Kracina on bass and Vladimir Leben on drums was first a video performance in an installation in which the scenery simulated the ape’s natural habitat, similarly to what is done in TV documentaries. The video is exhibite...
Damijan Kracina - BasketVideoDamijan Kracina - BasketVideoDamijan Kracina - BasketVideo
Damijan Kracina - BasketVideo (00:19:41)
Production: 2001
A group activity – playing basketball in public. All the participants hold the rights to show the video: Borut Korošec, Jaka Mihelič, Damjan Švara, Grega Kregar, Damijan Kracina, Mojca Senegačnik, Katarina K. Toman, and Sara Hughes. Be...
Damijan Kracina - Thylacinus CynocephalusDamijan Kracina - Thylacinus CynocephalusDamijan Kracina - Thylacinus Cynocephalus
Damijan Kracina - Thylacinus Cynocephalus (00:01:09)
Production: 2000
The video reconstructs the movements of the Tasmanian tiger (Thylacinus cynocephalus), which became extinct in 1936. A year before the video was created, the Australian Museum in Sydney began developing methods for preserving the genetic material of the a...
Damijan Kracina - AquariumDamijan Kracina - AquariumDamijan Kracina - Aquarium
Damijan Kracina - Aquarium (00:01:12)
Production: 1997
Underwater footage of a flock of rainbow trout, one of the species that, due to man's excessive and irresponsible exploitation of nature, began to displace the Soča trout. The swimming fish opening their mouths are silent witnesses of human actions. &n...
Damijan Kracina - The AntDamijan Kracina - The AntDamijan Kracina - The Ant
Damijan Kracina - The Ant (00:03:53)
Production: 1997
The video shows the last minute in the life of a dying ant which is stuck on an adhesive surface. At exhibitions, the static footage is presented on a miniature screen, with the ant practically life-size. The author discusses human irresponsibility and me...
Damijan Kracina - Intervju z ogroženo vrsto / /Interview with the Threatened KindDamijan Kracina - Intervju z ogroženo vrsto / /Interview with the Threatened KindDamijan Kracina - Intervju z ogroženo vrsto / /Interview with the Threatened Kind
Damijan Kracina - Intervju z ogroženo vrsto / /Interview with the Threatened Kind (00:02:25)
Production: 1997
A clip from the compilation Zoospective shows underground footage of the Soča trout, which is endangered due to irresponsible human behaviour and farming of trout, which is an invasive species in the natural habitat of the local species. The trout looks...
Damijan Kracina - Točka nič / Point ZeroDamijan Kracina - Točka nič / Point ZeroDamijan Kracina - Točka nič / Point Zero
Damijan Kracina - Točka nič / Point Zero (00:02:07)
Production: 1996
The video consists of three parallel strips showing the same footage in different time frames. It seems that we are following a video of the countryside shot from a moving car. The upper and lower strips follow the same timeline, while the strip in the ce...
Damijan Kracina - Kurca / Little HenDamijan Kracina - Kurca / Little HenDamijan Kracina - Kurca / Little Hen
Damijan Kracina - Kurca / Little Hen (00:02:55)
Production: 1996
The work was made in the studio of the sculpture department at the Academy of Fine Arts. A hen appears in the studio and waddles across the room. The prevailing colours of the image are various shades of blue. The hen is caught in a sculpture installation...
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