I stumbled upon the work of filmmaker Floris Kaayk way back in 2006, but quickly forgot about it until earlier this year, when I wanted to present a couple of his shorts here. I don’t think I had ever paid attention Kayyk’s name, so it isn’t surprising that my rather poor Google search a couple of months ago, in which I tried to describe what I remembered from his work, didn’t turn up what I was looking for.
Today—eureka! I discovered the video I was searching for, as well as Kaayk’s site. The Dutch animator has been busy in the past few years, even garnering some major media attention for his “Human Birdwings” project}, an experiment in “online storytelling,” as he calls it, that involves a fictional character who designs a bird suit and flies around a city park. While Kaayk’s site expresses appreciation for the “positive reactions” from around the world, the coverage from major news providers unfortunately fixates on the project as an online “hoax” or “fake.” Generosity and imagination, it would seem, are in short supply when it comes to new media.
What initially caught my attention way back when was his project entitled “Metalosis Maligna,” which takes the form of a documentary about a new disease that causes medical implants to spread throughout the bodies of afflicted patients. Complete with interviews with a leading clinical expert, as well as the requisite science-documentary-style infographics, Kaayk’s short presents the gruesome development of the disease, as all sorts of medical braces, screws, and joint replacements gradually take the place of a man’s organic tissue. Just to warn you, the video is fairly disturbing, both in its visuals and its sound design, not to mention the verisimilitude with which Kaayk apes the science-doc format. It is definitely not for the faint of heart, so I’ve embedded it after the jump. Continue reading Floris Kaayk’s “Metalosis Maligna”: Biopower Beyond Sovereignty