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Tribe-Circle

Experimental Film Netherlands 2022
By: SMACK

TRIBE - CIRCLE addresses digital identity, self-concept and herd behavior. Selected characters from SMACK’s TRIBE population are cast as aristocracy, portrayed in resplendent gold against a regal purple background. Heads held high, they swagger in a perpetual loop, apparently unaware of the reality gap between their behavior and inflated self-image.     

 

Drawing on Van Gogh’s PRISONERS EXERCISING (1890), TRIBE-CIRCLE expresses life in a digital panopticon. As the artists explain, each of these characters is obsessed with their own importance, while “their prison is that they think they’re the elite.” The circle, a recurring motif in SMACK’s creations, expresses the characters’ self-imposed confinement, while the shining floor acts as a giant mirror, creating an echo chamber in which the protagonists see nothing but themselves. Meanwhile, the video’s rhythmic walking pace has a hypnotic effect, suggesting that the viewer is not entirely detached from the scene which unfolds before them.

Film Info

Info

Title
Tribe-Circle
Genre
Experimental Film
Release Date
01.01.2022
Country
  • Netherlands
Length
1 Minutes
Color Format
  • Color

Crew

Director
SMACK
SMACK is the award-winning trio of digital artists Ton Meijdam, Thom Snels and Béla Zsigmond. Based in Breda, Holland, the three studied together at the School of Fine Arts and Design (AKV) St. Joost … More

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