Monthly Archives: October 2012

Symbolism and Animation—Fantasia: the Sorcerer’s Apprentice (1940)

by Jane Sojin Kim

Animation as an art form is quite mind-blowing in terms of how it influences our collective unconscious. I believe that there is a deep symbolic root in animation: each movement and speech sound in animation is the (un)conscious reflection of the artist who has been interwoven within it whether s/he realizes or not. Out of repetitive inanimate lines, a visceral movement is achieved at the end. The nature of animation itself is an illusion full of magic.

I was one of those kids obsessed with Walt Disney’s animations. I can still vividly remember every visual moment and dialogue in each and every Disney film. Recently, I had a chance to watch Disney’s Fantasia: Sorcerer’s Apprentice (1940) for the first time in twenty years. As I watched it I realized that the film reveals symbolic representations of the United States in the 1940s. I want to share some of the hidden messages that I wasn’t conscious of when I watched Fantasia as a kid.

In “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” segment of Fantasia, Mickey Mouse ventures through a surrealist dream. Abstract symbols like brooms, water, and Mickey’s outfit seem to represent one familiar landscape—women’s roles in 1940s America. Mickey wears a red gown and a blue hat with stars which seem to signify the American flag (as shown in Figure 1).

Fantasia: the Sorcerer’s Apprentice Figure 1: Mickey Mouse’s outfit resembles the U.S. flag. Fantasia (1940).

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Finding He(art)

by Candice Yee

For the young artists out there …who believe they have wandered into all of arts most obscure dimensions, uncovering its best kept secrets and unlocking the portal of the non-mainstream into the open arms of hipsterdom—well sorry, eager hipster, but you really haven’t explored enough. That is, not until you’ve experienced GO8, a teen program that will truly reveal Vancouver’s local art scene, build friendships and test your personal creativity. Through this awesome program at Satellite Gallery, I was introduced to the fun and scary world of public art.

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Is This A Book?

by Jane Sojin Kim

Show/Tell Popup Store at Satellite Gallery

Don’t bluntly call it a “compilation of books” when standing in front of the zines present at the Show/Tell Pop-up Shop at Satellite Gallery, for this is more than a series of “texts-on-paper.”  Imagine it to be a graffiti art form, a mural or even a performance piece, guiding the passersby (readers) into a surreal space of creativity. Each zine evokes a sense of ambiguity and wonder that transcends the pre-conceived definition of a book. Drawings (preciously done by artists) in the zines act as exuberant texts running through page after page without a pause, but such flow is worth repeated contemplating. For your trip to Satellite, please bring a sense of wonder and imagination to encounter the zines!

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Presence of the Past

by Janine C. Grant

In a city that constantly feels like it is getting newer by the day, it is important to get away to the old.  It is important to be confronted with history in its physical form; to survey the landscape and imagine a piece of you existing thousands of years before.  To take the time to appreciate the importance of the past—all the moments, be they mundane—that has lead you to your current state, alive.

Perhaps I am being over sentimental, dramatic, or just a plain anthropology nerd but whenever I go to see ruins I get this tingle running through my body.  My hands long to touch the stone, my fingers to trace the patterns.  I cannot help but imagine a hand thousands of years earlier doing the same.

I had this same feeling this summer when I visited Patara, an archaeological site in the present day village of Ovagelemis, Turkey. Patara is one of the oldest cities of Lycia dating back in Hittite texts to the 13th Century BC.  Its beachside access and ideal sailing conditions helped to maintain its importance throughout the years.  A few claims to fame include the birthplace of Saint Nicholas and the stop over site of Paul the Apostle, who is noted to have visited on one of his journeys to Rome.

Below are a few images of the ruins:

Entering the archeological site. The beach, located a 5 minute drive and
5 minute walk away from the entrance, has served for millions of years as one of the rare nesting sites of the Mediterranean loggerhead sea turtles.

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