Poor Cat

Webclip 01:30 min. [1982–2008]

POOR CAT – the prodigious shift of an artistic perspective
Different artistic approaches to digital production are synthesised in the Flash animation “Poor Cat” (1982–2008), an audiovisual and interlinked webclip.

On the mechanics of the clip

A comix-like graphic design and text-adapted rhythms make up the storyline – the “lyrix” of the song: Next to music it is the composition and repetition of a minimised symbolism of signs and characters which constitute the clip's individual visual structure. The primary – rather poetical – narrative level is emotionally broken and disrupted in content by a second controversial communication level. The audiovisual storyline – the personal message – a combination of sign/body/text/image/drawing/symbol/voice is confronted with a conceptional media-theoretical examination. Statement, formal design, and composition of the audiovisual narrative are subversively criticised and satirised. It is the clip's dynamic visual and interactive assurance which prompts the viewer to leave the actual storyline, and refers to more interesting issues and sites (a whole universe).

The clip's script and directives

POOR CAT – the prodigious shift of an artistic perspective
a path to art
variations on self-referential systems
no philosophical theory?
only emptiness and abstractness
no political truth?
only mathematical structure
not socially relevant?
only a synaesthetic continuum
a visual experience only?
exciting – spectacular
not corrupt?
not élitist?
a little song
too simple?
too few action?
a short movie
a blue sky
less action?
analogy : contrast
only a memory of friendship
almost like real life
tricky world
a metaphor for the dreaming social mind
not visionary enough?
they choose amok
the story of a voyage into the anonymity of empty space
tableau [1] Japan one
tableau [2] cluster of panic
tableau [3] museum of private arts
tableau [4] the sleeper
tableau [5] translocation
a whole universe?
choose amok
or stay!
amok – fast server live in the spirit of deconstruction
poor cat
interested in another space?
if it?
do it
Script, graphic design, animation, video, performance, composition, instruments, voices, programming, production © GRAF+ZYX
[translated by Simone von der Geest]