159 // MA-P / Research / Sisyphus
Within the animated matrix there will probably be a monitor with some short films and sequences of pictographical images – quick, but recognizable. For this idea, I had a look at some of my former research-results of the MSN2-Unit and I came across Lionni Pippo again. One of his icons of his typeface “Facts of Life” is a Sisyphus*-like depiction: A man rolling the terrestrial globe up a hill.
Before animating this icon, I had a look into the internet concerning the story of Sisyphus, especially to get an idea about how to animate this pictogram. By this, I came across the Oscar nominated film “Sisyphus” by the Hungarian director Marcell Jankovics. I like it a lot – although this film wasn’t that helpful for my own animation. A simplified, but by this very intense film.
*Sisyphus [From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia]
In Greek mythology, Sisyphus was a king punished in Tartarus by being cursed to roll a huge boulder up a hill, only to watch it roll back down, and to repeat this throughout eternity.
The word sisyphean means, according to the American Heritage Dictionary, “endless and unavailing, as labor or a task.”