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Amissio: Be/Begone
Gustav Sparr

To be or not to be, that’s the question. The geomantic (geomancy = a divination method by interpreting haphazard patterns) sign ‘Amissio’ sometimes stands for ‘exit’ or ‘gambling’. I connect the idea of scar-patterns in the brain, caused by addiction to gambling, with the wish for annhilation or deliverance. In this animation, ‘Amissio’ could be interpreted as ‘I Miss You’ and ‘Be/Begone’ as ‘BB Gun’. A playful, but dangerous activity put in a ritualistic context: The fascination with airguns and the goal to score a bullseye builds up a diagram (‘Amissio’) which sums up the event and at the same time is a part of it.

English title Amissio: Be/Begone
Keywords Animation
Aspect ratio 1.33:1 (4:3)
Prod. format Computer
Duration 00:01:17
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.