Thursday, 10 May 2012

Hyekung Jung "Drawing The Line" (2006)

There is a remorseless logic driving Hyekung Jung's Drawing The Line. I'm as sane as the next man, but then I'd think that wouldn't I? If I miss a day here on the blog I get kind of twitchy but I will survive. Hyekung's character commences by drawing lines, a habit that develops into an obsession. His life is ruled by it. There's a chilling detail that signals the danger that such behaviour can lead one into. A red line bisects a plate. In its centre appears a beetle that crosses the line. Quick as a flash the knife decapitates the unfortunate insect. From then on the deterioration is inexorable. Years ago I featured the animator's exceptional SofaDrawing the Line is just as good. Andre Standke's music gives a Hitchcock feel to proceedings. The sound of scoring with pen and knife has a similar chilling effect. Paul Driessen acted as adviser, I note, and it shows. Hyekung was born in 1970 in Seoul, studying at the Seoul National University of Technology and, from 1996-2004, at the Academy of Arts in Kassel


Osaru-yo said...

This animation has to have a deeper meaning maybe bound tho the makers home country who knows. I wonder what it is.

Ian Lumsden said...

A film about boundaries should have a meaning, either political or personal. But I'm inclined to believe it's about dangerous obsession.

Kimberley said...

This animation is strange but I love it! I like animations that keep you wanting to see more even though its sort of freaking you out a little. Its creepy but enjoyable! I love videos like that, Salad Fingers for example seems wrong in so many ways but you cant help watch ALL of them! Its amazing all the different kinds and styles of art you find out there that have different meanings. Loved it! :)