Director: Sufjan Stevens. Animation: Sufjan Stevens. Editing and Compositing: Deborah Johnson. Original Artwork: Royal Robertson. This new video is referring to “MAKE”, the documentary that inspired Stevens’ “The Age of Adz” album and tells the story of several artists including Royal Robertson.
Those crazy art students… Dictaphone Parcel is an animation based on a sound recorded with a dictaphone travelling secretly inside a parcel. As the hidden recorder travels through the global mail system, from London to Helsinki, it captures the unexpected. We hear a mixture of abstract sounds, various types of transport and even discussions between the mail workers. The animation visualizes this journey by creating an imaginary documentary.
Imagine there’s a little japanese woman, in a small appartement in Tokyo, singing into her laptop, getting live transmitted via skype to new york, video-projected to a wall and amplified to the music produced and performed by Tim. It’s not a dream! It’s the f**ing virtual-reality. Yes: call it globalization, call it Pop 2.0, call it whatever… it’s not an experiment, it’s not a gimmick-it’s a must! Business Mimi has less than 7 days holiday a year, there’s no way to make a tour or something. Her Boss doesn’t even know, that Mimi has concerts in New York before she comes to work in Tokyo!… update: Mimi quit her job half a year ago, but it s not aloud to stay longer then 3 months in a row in Switzerland, every 3 months she goes back to japan… and skype again.