Immediately after completing the first volume of The Criterion Vine Of Living Art—a project in which Criterion Collection cover art is recreated as six-second, in-motion Vines– I was anxious to develop more.
While I was very proud of those initial pieces, which paid not only homage to Criterion, but to three of my favorite filmmakers, Terrence Malick, Charlie Chaplin, and Robert Bresson, it was very important to push my team and I further if we were to continue this project.*
Enter David Cronenberg.
*Just a friendly reminder before we get into this, remember to click the speaker button on the top left corner to initiate sound for these Vines to get the full experience.
Cronenberg’s cinema is unsettling and grotesquely beautiful. His cinema is one of transformation, obsessed with the idea of individual man as a kind of social construct, our identity shaped and molded by external forces in ways we may not even be conscious of.
His films appear to exist in an illusory state, yet remain so tangible that we can’t help but be affected by them long after they finish.
Dead Ringers (1988)
Currently, TIFF is hosting a David Cronenberg exhibition in Toronto through mid-January. A full career retrospective. I could not think of a better way to reflect on and celebrate this incredible filmmaker than by dedicating this second volume of Vines to his work.
As I dove into this, I began to wonder what Cronenberg makes of the absurdity of the Internet and social media. How we live our lives through these screens and windows. How our phones and tablets have become appendages to our bodies. How we seem stuck in a never-ending loop that plays over and over and over again.
The three Cronenberg films featured in The Criterion Collection are Videodrome, Dead Ringers, and Naked Lunch. My team and I tackled each from a different perspective and style, but feel there is a definitive connective tissue through each of them.
Naked Lunch (1991)
As this project evolves, with each new piece created, I only hope that I am paying proper respect to the art form that has shaped my life and given me a lens to view the world from. Please visit the Criterion Vine page for a full write-up on the project and to view all the Vines that have been shot so far (6 in total).
Lastly, I want to thank the amazing group of people over at Criterion and Indiewire for their continual support of this project and for their ardent, inspirational dedication to cinema. It is so greatly appreciated.