Asparagus: An Erotically Surreal Dream inside Pandora’s Box

Asparagus: An Erotically Surreal Dream inside Pandora’s Box

Asparagus is a stunning animated short film created by Suzan Pitt, a matted-cel work that film critics have hailed as a visionary masterpiece and one of the most lavish and wondrous animated short films ever made.  Asparagus is the now classic film that assured Pitt’s reputation as a major American animator.  After taking four years to make, Asparagus, completed in 1979, won awards around the world, including First Prize at the Oberhausen Film Festival in Germany and awards at Ann Arbor, Baltimore and Atlanta Film Festivals in the United States.

Pitt went on to produce a number of other animated projects, as well as to design the first two operas to include animated images for the stage (Damnation of Faust and The Magic Flute) in Germany.  In addition, she created large multimedia shows at the Venice Biennale and at Harvard University.  A former Associate Professor at Harvard University, Pitt has been the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Rockefeller Fellowship and three production grants from the National Endowment of the Arts.  She presently teaches in the Experimental Animation Program at the California Institute of the Arts.

Asparagus is designed like a Pandora’s box, opening up visions into the depths of a woman’s inner world, merging sensual and surrealistic imagery conceived in the form of a Freudian dream.  Its mythical visual narrative and dreamscape focuses on erotic metaphors and intellectual references that reflect a thoughtful manner of artistic creativity deeply imbued with the vital nexus between formal experimentation and the exploration of the obscure, dark forces that lurk behind human psyche and praxis.

Defying analytic efforts since the 1980s, Asparagus, arguably Pitt’s finest work, is a deeply symbolic reflection on issues of female sexuality, art and identity, and that’s probably as far as one can go.  The visual narrative is as lavish and vibrant as it is elusive and hermetic, and Pitt’s claim that Asparagus was not designed with an intention to be reflected upon but rather to be emotionally experienced seems reasonable in the face of immense interpretive difficulties raised by the struggle between its unstoppable flow of onirical but culturally familiar imagery, as well as our equally untamed desire for exegetical decomposition.

Asparagus: An Erotically Surreal Dream inside Pandora’s Box

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Klik! A Sexy, Googly-Eyed Trippy Babosity!

Klik! A Sexy, Googly-Eyed Trippy Babosity!

Klik! is a sexy, bodacious babosity by the Dutch filmmaker rapscallions Bobby de Groot, Sven Neve and Arjan van Meerten from Amsterdam’s House of Secrets.  The trippy one-minute stereoscopic 3-D animated short was created for the opening of the 2009 Klik animation festival in Amsterdam.

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Aurore: One Man’s Sexual Journey Through the Body of Another

Aurore: One Man’s Sexual Journey Through the Body of Another

Aurore is a hauntingly beautiful, surreal 1-1/2 minute black&white short film by the French filmmaker Jean-Julien Pous, which is part of Louis Vuitton’s Journeys Awards.  The films in Louis Vuitton’s series are based upon the theme “What does a journey mean to you?” Aurore tells the story of a man who travels through his senses, and through the other’s body, in a process of self-discovery becomes aware of his own.

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Fruitless Efforts: The Fruits of a Demented, Perverted Womb

Fruitless Efforts: The Fruits of a Demented, Perverted Womb

Fruitless Efforts: Fruit of the Womb is a humorously deranged 4-min. animated short film directed by Andrew Chesworth and Aaron Quist, who playfully describe the film as, “merely a modest window into humanity’s evolving understanding of the meaning of life.”  The cartoon follows a day in the life of Apple, an average fruity little guy trying to hold  down a job, have some friends and just live his life in peace like normal apple-peoples supposedly do.  But Apple’s surrounded by a small group of demented fruits, all living on the same creepy predator-like tree.  Apple’s efforts to make it to work on time evolve into some demential adventures in this animated short’s fast and wonderfully funny perverse romp!  The fast-paced phallocentric outbursts along the way make one wonder about the presence of some kind of underlying deeper meanings like, “Don’t waste sperm, sex is only for procreation.”  This loony little film definitely does carry a number of erotic/sexual undertones, but I’ve already spent far too much time thinking about that kind of stuff.  So, as they say at the end of the show, “That’s All Folks!

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