these are the days
John Tonkin 1994 (2004)

these are the days is about the passing of time. It is a computer animation of falling paper, with a sound-track of people counting.

By combining mathematical models of different physical phenomena such as gravity, elasticity and aerodynamics I can create abstracted simulations of natural systems. As well as the formal qualities that are explored in this work, I am interested in other possible readings. The endless flow of paper suggests the meditative space of a waterfall, yet also speaks of consumption and waste. Our lives are documented by a continual stream of paper, from birth and death certificates to supermarket receipts.

these are the days was produced in association with the Australian Film Commission


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