“Sets for a Film I’ll Never Make” by Daniel Agdag

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Daniel Agdag
Daniel Agdag, a Melbourne based artist and filmmaker, is presenting his first solo show, “Sets for a Film I’ll Never Make” at Off the Kerb in Melbourne. A playful nod to his short career as an animator, “Sets for a film…” presents a meticulous industrial world of his own imagining. The unassuming use of boxboard as a medium belies an elaborate world of transmission and communication that preserves the incessant redundancies of the modern industrial world. His short films have screened worldwide, and garnered a Dendy Award and an AFI nomination. His work has been described as architectural in form, whimsical in nature and inconceivably intricate.

Daniel Agdag refers to his work simply as “sketching with cardboard” and improvises as he works without any plans.

Daniel Agdag

Daniel Agdag about his work:
All the images seen below are made from cardboard ~ boxboard to be precise. They are cut into manageable pieces using a surgical scalpel (blade Nº.11) and assembled intuitively by hand using a plain well known brand of wood glue, without detailed plans or drawings. The process is a kin to drawing in three dimensions with cardboard.

“Paper City Architects” by Daniel Agdag
Paper City Architects
Paper City Architects is a multi award winning short film written, directed and designed by Daniel Agdag. It won the “Dendy Award” for “Most Innovative Short Film” at the 2007 Sydney Film Festival. It was subsequently nominated for an AFI Award for “Best Short Animated Film” the following year.
Clip 1: Woodman (voiced by Paul Fletcher) speaks to the Department of Debt about an outstanding payment they think he owes them. He believes it is a mistake. Watch it here! Clip 2 is over here.

Curator’s notes by Kate Matthews
This title sequence showcases director and designer Daniel Agdag’s beautiful, elaborate paper city set. The montage of aerial views and shifting angles create the feeling of a great metropolis stretching beyond what’s on screen. Meanwhile, voice-over dialogue introduces the story. Woodman’s frustrating phone conversation is all too familiar, and his physical smallness and isolation in the sprawling city seem to mirror his smallness in the face of an impenetrable bureaucracy.