“Anomalies,” a Philosophical Short Film That Questions Faith and Devotion
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Anyone who thinks the videos here at (The) Absolute don’t get philosophical enough should enjoy this one. Atsushi Wada’s short animation Anomalies is itself an anomalous piece of work, with creepy synchronized mumbling, smooth animation, and a beautifully muted color palette. For me, the film came across as an application of ostranenie, the artistic technique of presenting everyday activities in an unusual way to make something clear about the activity. In other words, “representation by defamiliarization.” By juxtaposing attending a sports match and group exercise with something like carefully interpreting the cracks in a broken plate, Atsushi’s skepticism about devoting ourselves to anomalies of any kind is heavily implied. (Beats me what’s up with the bear and hare, though.) The animator’s site, in both Japanese and English, is here.