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The Shape of Froglessness

The Shape of Froglessness is a silent micro-film by artist Quin de la Mer, shot on location in the Pacific Northwest.

In a world that is falling apart, a meaningful lump of silence floats enclosed in restricted space, an absence of sound from a transient place between this world and the world after death.

  • Quin de la Mer
    Director
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Short, Other
  • Runtime:
    5 minutes 20 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 15, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    0 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    4:3
  • Film Color:
    Black & White
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
Director Biography - Quin de la Mer

Quin de la Mer is an artist known for their conceptual work. Crossing media boundaries, de la Mer’s practice includes fresco painting, alternative photographic processes, text-as-medium, digital art, and moving image art. Heavily influenced by the power, beauty, and value of the autonomous self in conflict with the pain, destruction, and disempowerment that comes with collective embodiment, their works are visual manifestations of authentic, emotional responses to external conditions, particularly the formations that arise out of collective consciousness (aka “hive mentality”).

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Director Statement

During a three-month artist residency in the Pacific Northwest, I wandered the land forming relationships with the non-human residents that inhabit the wild places. The beauty was astoundingly magical. I experienced beauty as a warrior dispelling disparity, supplying hope, instilling courage to act, and fueling desire to make change. The lack of frog song deeply affected me, carving holes in my heart. Taking up the work by Haruki Murakami-1Q84 (English translation 2011)- as source material, I wrote an erasure poem titled A Meaningful Lump of Silence and created this film as a form of visual poetry.

In a world that is falling apart, a meaningful lump of silence floats enclosed in restricted space, an absence of sound from a transient place between this world and the world after death.