“I exist, therefore I am violent” - Huey P. Newton
Animus examines violence as an inescapable facet of existence. From the onset of the most violent action in our perceivable universe, the big bang, to the micro collisions and tension within our own bodies; violence has been an omnipresent force in our existence – a force of creation and subjugation. The video serves as a lens through which the human mind perceives the state of existence surrounding itself.
This video study (one of a series) uses 3D software to map video footage of violent encounters in which power is abused by authority figures. The forms are deconstructed by removing the video footage and focusing on the motion exchanged and how the bodies react to one another in space throughout time. Through this method of abstraction, a movement language is revealed across the various cases that channels our innate ability to recognize which form is the attacker and which one is the victim, even when they have lost all human characteristics.