“Fork Songs” was a four-song EP, and the Tall Dwarfs got one funding grant to make videos for all four tracks. Four videos for the price of one? A total move of Knoxian brilliance.
“Wings” has an animated border, with the small centre square showing Chris and Alec mucking around in the Knox lounge room. Dancing with an umbrella and a wheel? Oh, why not?
“Lowlands” is animated, with the animations drawn on the phone book. Starting from the emergency pages at the start, each page moves the animation, with people’s faces morphing into one another. Each chorus is live action footage of a TV, and then it’s back to a replay of the phone book, but getting blacker and scratchier with each reprise.
“Oatmeal” takes the food theme to extremes, with stop-motion animated foodstuffs messing up the place. Dancing chickens, baked beans, bacon, and identifiable edibles. Just when it starts to look palatable, Chris puts a face on it and makes it look at me.
And finally “Two Humans” is a quickly cut montage of still images of many humans. It’s fun to randomly pause, and check out the snapshots of ordinary people in their best ’90s fashions.
The “Fork Songs” videos – each costing an average of $1250 – is evidence that pretty good videos are possible on a very low budget. Of course, it helps when your art already has a low-budget, DIY aesthetic anyway.
Best bit: Chris being caught fiddling with his home recording gear.
Director: Chris Knox
Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision
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