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Gustav Sparr

On a gameboard we witness the interplay of spheres and seed-like shapes, swirling in different patterns and constellations, at one time forming foetuses. The animation has it’s roots in an old boardgame which in a newer version is called ‘Oh Wah Ree’, a game of sowing seeds and capturing territory. The animation is a stylised illustration of both natural and constructed processes with obvious links to biology and politics. A recurring theme in my work is the hidden symbols in games, both through their design and the ideas and behaviour they indirectly makes us embedd within ourselves.

Keywords Animation
Aspect ratio 1.33:1 (4:3)
Prod. format Computer
Duration 00:00:41
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.