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Gustav Sparr

A man with a magnifying glass releases an ant, previously trapped in a matchbox (the brand name is ‘Solstickan’, the box featuring an image depicting a boy walking under the sun). The ant runs across a disc decorated with annual rings, cut from a tree. After the man succeeds in toasting the ant with the use of the magnifying glass and the rays of the sun, the disc has a burnt pattern in the shape of a pyramid, Pythagoras tetractys.

In the finale, the man seems to be signaling something with the help of a needle from a pinetree. The content of the animation is created by a fusion of diverse ideas and symbols (the no-camping sign on the t-shirt etc.) which are stretched out on a timeline. The title contains a couple of clues: Ant-ten-N/A = tenant = tan. The whole ‘story’ is presented through what could be considered like the act of a playing child, tinted with a mixture of curiousity and cruelty.

English title Antenna
Keywords Animation
Aspect ratio 1.33:1 (4:3)
Prod. format Computer
Duration 00:00:46
Language No dialogue
Color Color
Year 2004
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About the artist

Gustav Sparr

Born 1977 in Huddiksvall, grew up in Nynäshamn. Master of Fine Arts degree in Umeå 2007. He is working mainly with an extended vector drawn animation-cycle, as well as graphics, in a kind of illustrative emblem-making, dealing with information and language as well as with identity and self-symbols. Through the use of generative formulas following compositional rules, puzzlelike narratives are constructed. Using snippets of literature and icons from popular culture, Sparr mixes them like a DJ in his animated videos with a critical wit. His work has been shown in many screenings and film festivals across the globe.