Stop Motion Meets Beat Music in “Homunculus with Milk”
The works of stop motion animation I’ve been most familiar with typically use the medium as a way to give a particular visual aesthetic to storytelling, particularly lighthearted ones. But until I saw the work of Raphael Linden, I hadn’t seen much use of the medium for more open-ended abstraction than straightforward narration (disclosure and all that: I’m acquainted with the artist). “Homunculus with Milk” sets a range of stop-motion object studies to the similarly playful music of Brainfeeder music don Flying Lotus for an enjoyable collage of self-reconstructing food, magic bowls and bottles, and the director himself sporting no small degree of mad genius swag. If this was up your alley, give its forerunner “Threshold Dances” a look, too.