Analogous Animations

The poem in “Girls’ Day Out” has two primary stages. The first stage is a block of static text detailing a simple, pleasant scene involving two girls riding. The second stage involves this text fading in and out, leaving certain words to illuminate for the reader that the carefree grounds featured in the static text were also a grisly burial ground for young murder victims.

In a very clear way, the nature of the text and its subsequent animations is akin to the nature of the place in which the crimes took place. At first glance, it was an idyllic landscape of happy times. However, hidden within that very same landscape was a tale of pain and horror. While this could have been expressed differently through the use of static text, the animation – which takes something the reader is comfortable with and reveals a darkness hidden within – accomplishes this task much more efficiently and even, perhaps, viscerally.

Furthermore, the choice of leaving only a sparse scattering of light words against a black expanse gives the piece the feeling of an empty, lonely expanse – not unlike the sparse and deserted terrain in which the referenced atrocities took place.

Altogether, the combination of these two simple elements lends an affective (and effective) weight to the piece, and, due to the nature of how the familiar is made unfamiliar, stays with the reader in a way that flat text would have had to have worked much harder for.

– Dave Turka

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~ by kartud on January 23, 2011.

One Response to “Analogous Animations”

  1. This is a rather short treatment – perhaps you (which is to say, I) could expound more on the way the theme is played out and enhanced by the digital nature of the medium. What other advantages of digital medium were taken advantage of by the author? Examine these more critically and flesh them out.

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