Monday, October 10, 2011

Video Art Thinks Big Response

Reading this article I was mostly drawn to the work of Nathalie Djurberg. In general her work is very gory and tedious. She does a lot of stop motion, which is interesting me just by itself. There's something thats so simple, yet elaborate about working with a bunch of different still frames to make motion. It's very time consuming but always looks great. I was also intrigued by the subject matter of her video art. In one video she was depicting a war between children and dogs over trash. In the video the kids are constantly dying, being awakened and tortured in the hospital. There seems to be elements of torture in all her work. it's kind of interesting to watch these claymations do dark things.


  1. I totally agree, I was also really drawn to Djurberg's work. I think it's wonderful how we can combine thousands of simple bits to create something complex, animated and relatable. Regarding her subject matter, I also think it's interesting to watch the claymations do dark things - it's almost jolting because it's so unexpected. I feel like we automatically associate clay figures with cute themes and we don't take them seriously. Her work really challenges that stereotype, which draws much more attention to the messages she's conveying.

  2. I agree with what both of you said. It is definitely interesting to watch the claymation figures act so violently. I feel like I associate claymation figures with Wallace and Grommit, and especially children's movies like Becca said. But, I think it gets Djurberg's point across more because she is using figures with an opposite connotation to her audience. Just like Trecartin's work uses craziness and absurdity to demand attention from the audience, so does Djurberg's work play with our preconcieved notions of the claymation figures, which makes us pay attention to her subject more.