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ANTHROPOMORPHIC EXERCISES ON FILM

2011 | Series of drawings

ANTHROPOMORPHIC EXERCISES ON FILM is a series of drawings in which the protagonist is a spruce tree. The drawings aim at presenting the principles of the moving image by altering the viewpoint by exchanging the human protagonist for another living organism. The drawings show in a simple way the limitations of anthropomorphic representation, or perhaps just offer an opportunity to investigate the edges of this constructed medium for perceiving and presenting the world. For example, take the set of drawings entitled Aspect Ratio: The first picture shows the top of a spruce, the next one the bottom part of the tree. The third drawing shows the same tree kneeling – but with its top out of the frame. In the fourth picture, the tree is kneeling and has bowed down its top, allowing the entire tree to be shown in one horizontal frame.

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