Art Blog - 18bis - Empty Kingdom

Studio 18bis animates and interprets a poem by Pablo Neruda in The Me Bird. Birds and ballerinas become the metaphorical fodder in this cool stop motion short.

Reminds me a bit of Katarzyna Kijek’s / Przemysław Adamski’s music video for Shugo Tokumaru’s Katachi.

Read more info about the piece as follows:

“The short film “THE ME BIRD” is a free interpretation of the homonym poem by Pablo Neruda. The inspiration in the strata stencil technique helps conceptualize the repetition of layers as the past of our movements and actions. The frames depicted as jail and the past as a burden serve as the background for the story of a ballerina on a journey towards freedom. A diversified artistic experimentation recreates the tempest that connects bird and dancer.

 

Poem by Pablo Neruda:

 

I am the Pablo Bird,
bird of a single feather,
a flier in the clear shadow
and obscure clarity,
my wings are unseen,
my ears resound
when I walk among the trees
or beneath the tombstones
like an unlucky umbrella
or a naked sword,
stretched like a bow
or round like a grape,
I fly on and on not knowing,
wounded in the dark night,
who is waiting for me,
who does not want my song,
who desires my death,
who will not know I’m arriving
and will not come to subdue me,
to bleed me, to twist me,
or to kiss my clothes,
torn by the shrieking wind.
That’s why I come and go,
fly and don’t fly but sing:
I am the furious bird
of the calm storm.”

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Art Blog - 18bis - Empty Kingdom

Art Blog - 18bis - Empty Kingdom

Art Blog - 18bis - Empty Kingdom

Art Blog - 18bis - Empty Kingdom

Art Blog - 18bis - Empty Kingdom

Interpretive short for THE ME BIRD.

The making of THE ME BIRD.

The Me Bird, 2013

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