Tuesday 9 June 2020

možnosti dialogu

Courtesy of Weird Universe, we are introduced to the portfolio of retired Czech filmmaker Jan Švankmajer through his surreal 1982 stop-motion Dimensions of Dialogue.
Lauded by those who claim Švankmajer as their influence and inspiration including Monty Python’s Terry Gilliam, the award-winning short features first ornately articulated Arcimboldo-like visages that engage in eternal conversation, hybridising and then wearing down the ornamentation and reducing one another to constituencies of efficiency and economy. The second and final segments explore other avenues of interlocution and have equally consumptive, bluntingly transformative outcomes. Other works include re-animating lost and everyday objects to tell stories from Edgar Allen Poe, Lewis Carroll and others.