Slam Bang Blue continues from earlier animations in an ongoing investigation of mechanisms of war. It draws from various transnational mythologies and current and historical events. The main characters are the Centaur–a male human head and torso with a lower body of a horse–and the Horse, an avatar of the artist’s own body with the head of a horse. The colonizing Centaurs are based on the mounted soldiers of the British Mandate of Palestine (1920–1948), while the Horses depict colonized subjects, embodying agency and resistance. The plot unfolds from a cavernous manifestation of the Horses’ subconscious fears and dreams that are inundated by traumatic memories of war inflicted by the Centaurs. Under the watchful gaze of a historical clock, the Horses emerge from the cave, to retake their land from the Centaurs, with the animation ending in an enchanted wave of consciousness.
Slam Bang Blue, 2018; animation; 7:10 minutes.