Eyes and Horns (2021)
Film stills from Eyes and Horns
Original Title: Eyes and Horns
Format: DCP, 24fps, ProRes, H264
Sound: Surround 5.1, stereo
Resolution: 16:9, HD, 1920x1080
Runtime: 6min 15sec
Country: Germany, South Korea
Director: Chaerin Im
Producer: Fabian Driehorst
Co-Producer: Chaerin Im
Animation: Chaerin Im
Compositing: Katherina Rival, Lara Ennigkeit
Editor: Fabian Driehorst, Chaerin Im
Music Performance & Recording: Karie Jacobson, Drew Kowalski
Music & Sound Design: Karie Jacobson, Drew Kowalski
Soundmix: Craig Smith
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2D, Object animation, Stop-motion photography, Cyanotype printmaking
The transformation of the over masculine Minotaur inspired by Picasso’s print series ‘Vollard Suite’ leads to the destruction of boundaries of sexes.
The exploration of masculinity begins with the Minotaur, a mythical creature the artist Picasso used to portray himself in his etching print series. The Minotaur goes through a violent struggle between being male and female. Finally, the lines blur, and the boundaries of sexes disappear.
Graduation film for Experimental Animation MFA, California Institute of the Arts, United States
Poster for Eyes and Horns
The inspiration came when I was going through Picasso’s Vollard Suite, an etching series of 100 prints produced from 1930 till 1937. The artwork reflects Picasso’s erotic and artistic obsessions through the Minotaur, a hybrid creature who is violent, cruel, and lacks control of his outbursting masculinity. The constant depiction of the Minotaur devouring women that appeared in the prints gave me an unsettling curiosity about the mindset of this self-observant, confident, yet disruptive male artist. I envied the power and acceptance Picasso had, but at the same time was very disturbed by the toxic masculinity and misogyny that were so prevalent in his artwork and love life.
These contradicting feelings and thoughts evoked by Picasso’s Vollard Suite was the driving force behind the film Eyes and Horns. With the use of light, reflection,and shadow of the engraved plexiglass and cyanotypes, the film goes through the gender-shifting faces of the Minotaur, a violent struggle between the two sexes, the transformation of the female body, and the destruction of gender connotations. I wanted to talk about the out-dated masculinity Picasso represents, the unnamed women portrayed in numerous artworks, and the transformation between two gender and two sexes. Ultimately, a new sexuality is born from the blurring lines and overturn of connotations. But in the process of this discovery, we realize that numerous categories aside from the binary classification of male and female, or men and women, have always existed, but never properly acknowledged.
Original artwork from Eyes and Horns
Behind the scene of ‘Eyes and Horns’