|Crew: ||Editor: Eddy Falconer - Composer: Lee Maddeford
A very Queer animation, in every sense of the word, 'Spineless Deities' takes place in a multi-, yet two-dimensional Dimension: a dreamscape on a nightmarish edge. The experimental format provides a unique take on the theme of the Universal Soldier, on the love and desire expressed by an 'Elder Soldier In The Brotherhood to The Younger' (Towards Democracy, Edward Carpenter,1892). Stripped down, their jackets silhouetted in two-toned blue and pink, are the soldier protagonists, suspended in a memory of lost love encapsulated forever in this static, strobe-like world.The scene begins benignly with flowering bushes in 'real time'. The ominous buzz of insects cuts across the soundscape. The narrator's rich baritone voice (Winston Tong) delivers the poem with dreamy, wicked glee that reverbs in sync with bird song....and we are thrown into another dimension. In a collage employing crude cutouts, primordial insect-like forms float across the panorama of vague mounds and shifting patterns of sky. The headless soldiers' jackets lovingly sprout flowers and bird heads towards one another while this parade of otherworldly beings moves disjointedly across the scene.A stripping off of fatades, to notational scrawls and arrow indications by Falconer, creates a humorously terrifying atmosphere where love has no real place, no face, but exists on the animator's dreamscape battlefield. An honoring of the memory of fallen Queer comrades. --- Teal Fraser, Arts Review, London
Eddy Falconer is a multidisciplinary artist currently living in Northern California. Past major film and video works have included IBERIA (2006), which won Best Avant-Garde Picture at the Swansea Bay International Film Festival '07, and TAROT OF BERLIN (1998), shot in the aftermath of the fall of the Wall and completed in the US. Other endeavors have included avant-garde theater, performance art, drawing, painting, writing, and photography.
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