Monday, June 27, 2011

The Paper Terminator

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the release of terminator 2 (which they obviously really, really like) Swedish artists Daniel Larsson and Tomas Redigh — under their name of Rymdreglage — created this beautiful stop-motion marker homage:

Awesome, eh? But it seems to have offended quite a few YouTube viewers with its "waste" of so much paper.

"Climate criminal," said one. "Please, be eco friendly!" said another. "He must have killed a thousand trees!" said yet another.

Listen, folks. I am a certified tree hugger. But to criticize the use of so much paper in this piece is to totally miss the point.

The painstaking creation and casual destruction of each frame of this animation is part of the artist's statement. It's especially apt for a commemoration of fairly trashy pop culture from 20 years ago. That is not a waste of paper. It is a much, much better use of a renewable resource than all these stupid e-mails and briefs that people keep pointlessly printing out for me at meetings.

You might as well complain about the carbon footprint of burning so many candles, or the energy used to film it all. Art is worth it. And this is cool art.

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