Forgive Me

Forgive Me, 2021

This black and white animation consists of hand drawn and digitally drawn imagery. The narrative is told from three perspectives.

One perspective gives voice to plants as they attempt to communicate with humans. The use of unconventionally phrased monologue that relies on abbreviated patterns of speech and present tense actions gives a unique quality to their voice. This was inspired by what is sometimes called “green text”, a type of meme text-and-image-based storytelling often utilized on message board websites like 4Chan and Reddit.

The second perspective is through an emotionally vulnerable and socially adrift man as he attempts to destroy these plants with chemical weed killer.

The third perspective is through talk-radio style informational monologues that present scientific ideas relating to Erasmus Darwin’s research, the Anthropocene, and vulnerable plant populations, such as the critically endangered Haleakala Silversword (Argyroxiphium sandwicense subsp. macrocephalum).

The ideas of belonging and community in both ecological contexts and social anthropological contexts are undercurrents to the main narrative of this project. Dialogue between the two characters meanders through both the supportive and the manipulative, at times verging on toxic. These ideas encompass current social and ideological patterns present in both virtual and real-world communities, such as social media echo chambers and alternative news hubs.

This is the opening scene of the animation, and is in progress – it still requires refinement in animated timing and audio mixing.

The voice acting is by Daniel C. Johnson and Cassandra Tom.


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