The End of Eating Everything is artist Wangechi Mutu‘s first animated video, created in collaboration with recording artist Santigold and co-released by the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University and MOCAtv on YouTube. The eight-minute video stars Santigold as a mysterious protagonist who is part human, part cyborg, part flying island, and her own ecosystem. “I always refer to my creative approach as ‘collage.’ I create my music layering all of my ideas and influences. When I looked at Wangechi’s work, it had those same elements. Our worlds of collage collided” says Santigold. The creature encounters a flock of birds and gulps them voraciously, invoking ideas of consumption. The video features an original soundscape by Mutu, a haunting score of weather, animal and machine sounds.”
“Wangechi’s concept behind the animation is talking about consumption. It speaks to our empty artistic environment, when art is supposed to be something that keeps renewing us culturally. It’s like a pendulum that is so far over to the wrong side there’s nowhere else to go,” Santigold continues. “In The End of Eating Everything, being that far gone results in an implosive rebirth.”
The End of Eating Everything can be viewed in person at the Nasher Museum through July 21, 2013.
IMAGE CREDIT: Wangechi Mutu, The End of eating Everything (still), 2013. Animated video (color, sound), 8:00 minute loop, edition of 6. Courtesy of the artist. Commissioned by the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, Durham, North Carolina.