8. Transformation Through Repetition

Claymation on vintage SONY television.

This claymation is the origin story of the Flush/Flood mascot Taiya no tatsujin. A racecar goes around and around the track repetitively and from this energy sprouts a tire god from one of the front wheels. The arms of the god jut out, causing the car to veer off track and crash into a concrete wall. The tire rolls off and smiles contentedly. He is a little trickster.

The animation borrows from the Japanese video game and claymation Taiko no tatsujin, and Matthew Barney's Cremaster 4. The kawaii aesthetic and amorality of the narrative create a push/pull between searching for a deeper message and realizing it never existed.

You can watch the animation here.