Behind the scenes tourism
In a DIY- and tutorial-culture, it is fitting to allow a glimpse into the kitchen, every now and then. In our native Dutch, the concept of “disaster tourism” has a broader meaning than in English, including the tendency of curious passers-by to stop and watch the aftermath of some accident or any other kind of tragic occurrence, pausing their business-as-usual for entertainment derived from another’s misery. We want to share a couple of souvenirs from our ventures into the 3D environment of Maxon Cinema 4D that didn’t always went according to plan. I don’t think being a disaster tourist to one’s own screw-ups is necessarily a self-destructive attitude, especially in cases of accidentally exceeding the limits of an intended creative goal. Sergei Eisenstein, one of the founding fathers of auteur cinema, regularly mused over the protoplasmatic quality of animated films. The world of animation allows any physical object or creature to contort, stretch and morph, beyond any limits of rigid reality.