If for many the archives are boring, for the director and stereoscopist of San Francisco Bill Domonkos, they are places full of ideas. Its animated gifs blend the past with the present, creating a paradoxical and grotesque effect. Nonsense humor becomes the protagonist of these crazy creations, derived from various sources: material totally forgotten and now obsolete in terms of content and aesthetics, is downplayed by the use of animation. As he himself states:
“I experiment by combining, altering, editing and reassembling using digital technology, special effects and animation to create a new kind of experience. I am interested in the poetics of time and space—to renew and transform materials, experiences and ideas. The extraordinary thing about cinema is its ability to suggest the ineffable—it is this elusive, dreamlike quality that informs my work.”
Bill’s work shows that the boundary between present and past is not insurmountable, everything that has been can become something new and explore new aesthetic solutions.