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Scroll: Rock & Roll
Gustav Sparr

Inspired by Harry Smith’s print ‘The Four Worlds’ from the fifties and also writings by present day cosmologers concerning the folds and joints of a finite (or infinite) universe. The diagram in the film is loopable like a Möebius strip. The source of the cycle reveals a fragmented world of mirrors, a ‘scrolling’ and ‘rolling’ existence. The title refers to both scrolling and scrolls; ancient texts of wisdom, genres and recycling as wells as pop icon’s media covered flirting with sacred traditions. In the recycling-symbol on the t-shirt you could, with a little bit of imagination, find the traces of a hexagram.

Keywords Animation
Aspect ratio 1.33:1 (4:3)
Prod. format Computer
Duration 00:00:38
Language English
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.