Ideas for A City

Howie Shia

1998, 06:00 minutes, colour, English


This is a series of three short videos which use the changing, centreless city as a common metaphor. In the first piece, The Big Idea, an animated clay figure wanders through a slightly surreal landscape towards an ever-changing destination. The second piece, (the other idea), is an experimental video layering photographs and dialogues over one another to create a collage of moving pictures and intertwining texts. The Unfinished Idea: Claymation Artaud No. 1, the final piece in this trilogy, finds the clay figure from The Big Idea in a book store, reading from Heliogabalus (or the Anarchist Crowned) by (centreless) surrealist playwright/poet Antonin Artaud. Hijinks abound.

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