Wednesday, 9 December 2009

Henning Thomas & Björn Verloh "Amylase" (2006)

Amylase is set in a monochrome, flickering world of grey. Throughout one is conscious of the shadows as a paper man returns to lonely home, eats meagre meal, sleeps and loses his face in the night. He was in no great shape before this, his face a patchwork quilt but when mouth and eye are affixed to the cushion, leaving a white void, panic sets in and he turns in desperation to the First Aid kit. He discovers paper surgery is not an easy art but that he is not alone in his disfigurement. Out there is someone for everyone. There are some engrossing scenes as the man tears around as realisation dawns of his predicament or when attempting to retrieve half a face (with living eye) using a pair of scissors. Henning Thomas and Björn Verloh were students of the Hamburg Academy of Fine Arts. Their graduation piece has just the right blend of the macabre, black humour and a constant dramatic irony. The man, when all is said and done, is a paper puppet.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Hmm.. I've thought about this quiet much..... and I agree with you to some degree.