Imagine a world without humans. A world where humanity has devolved from the individual species we are today into a collection of disembodied limbs that, whilst seeming to retain some level of intelligence, now coordinate towards a single purpose. Where fingers have become spider-like beings who use eyeballs to see where they are going. Where arms have formed together and now move simian-like through the streets, using ears they have found to hear.
Well, that’s the premise behind Floris Kaayk’s amazing but slightly disturbing short, The Origin of Creatures. All the limbs are operating together in order to get their “Queen” (the only being capable of reproducing more of these appendage laden beings) sunlight. It’s an interesting piece but the thing I liked the most about it was how the limbs had adapted to their new found states and were now able to work independently from a body. There was something about the movements that just seemed right…even though the images on screen are sometimes so wrong.
Here’s what Kaayk had to say about the piece:
The Origin of Creatures is based on one of the most well-known tales about collaboration, the Tower of Babel. This tale is transformed and twisted and is set in an imaginary future, after the world is hit by a catastrophe. Among the remains of a devastated city lives that what is left of humanity. Human bodies are divided into separated parts of the body and are fused to special beings. Together, these creatures form a colony, they can only survive when collaborating. In the rubble of destroyed buildings they are trying to build a nest as large and as high as possible, so that the colony’s queen gets enough sunlight to reproduce, but due to miscommunication this mission is doomed to fail.
So, what did you think of The Origin of Creatures? Let us know in the comments section.Tags: floris kaayk, origin of creatures