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Benedict Drew's Portal

April 2012

Follow artist and musician Benedict Drew's choice links to cartoons, music and other online ephemera. Drew is featured in The Wire 339 in an article by Nick Cain. Drew's Gliss exhibition takes place at London's Cell Project Space, 19 April–27 May.

Silly Symphony: "The Skeleton Dance" (1929) An early Disney cartoon. I love this period of animation where anything is possible and everything is interchangeable: the skeletons become xylophones, the cat a cello and so on.

The Multiplane Camera A short film of Walt Disney introducing the Multiplane camera, a technique that helped add depth to backgrounds in cartoons. I find Disney deeply sinister but am really into the movement the Multiplane camera creates, alongside the painted backgrounds. But this is where cartoons became 'high art', which was a bad thing: they stopped being an anthropomorphic world where the relationship between the subject and object was unstable, and instead started to be about right wing morality.

Hibernator: "Prince of the Petrified Forest" In 2007 the artist's collaboration London Fieldworks created an animation studio at London's Beaconsfield gallery looking at the links between animal hibernation, the Cryonics movement and myths surrounding the death of Walt Disney (who was rumoured to have been put into a deep freeze after his death). They had an animatronic model with the head of Disney, the front legs of Bambi and the hind legs of Thumper set up in front of a green screen. Behind it they projected different animations and created the 9 part Hibernator series.

Wojciech Bruszewski's Yyaa (1973) One of my favourite works from this period in experimental film making, both conceptually tight and viscerally powerful. I first saw this work at Arika's Kill Your Timid Notion festival in Dundee and it's even more powerful on the big screen.

Lobster Club Milo Waterfield's animated short Lobster Club. Me and Tom Chant made the soundtrack. I've known Milo since I was about 5 and we've collaborated many times. He animated the eyes in my 2011 video installation The Glass Envelope. this film is about sex tourism with crustaceans.

The Wilhelm Scream Here, YouTube user Cinexcellence has put together a collection of the most famous scream used in cinema soundtracks: 'The Wilhelm Scream'. Originally recorded for use in 1951's Distant Drums, it's since been used in Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Lord Of The Rings and many others.

Hollis Frampton: Letter to Mr Donald Richie, 7 January, 1973 A letter to MoMA from the film maker Hollis Frampton, explaining in minute detail why artists should get paid for their work.

Paul McCarthy's Painter This beautifully describes everything one needs to know about the process of art making.

ISO Footage of ISO (made up of Ichiraku Yoshimitsu, Sachiko M and Otomo Yoshihide) performing in the garden of a temple in Yamaguchi, Japan. I was fortunate enough to work with Otomo (also in Yamaguchi) on his large Ensembles project. I have been to this garden: it was designed by an artist and so at the back of the garden there is a little graveyard for dead paint brushes. Amazing.

Smoo (full version) "Deep in a dark, dank cave in the north of the north of Scotland, an ancient and inbred tribe celebrate something or other." A video by the geniuses that are John Bisset and Ivor Kallin. As far as I'm aware they produce their amazing videos in John's front room. One day the Tate will buy them all.

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