Non-Zymase Pentathlon: Description

by Roberto Ariganello and Chris Gehman
5:21 minutes 1995

Non-Zymase Pentathlon makes use of the commercial imagery of post-war North America, culled from the pages of Life, Maclean’s, National Geographic, and their ilk, animating these pictures in absurd and arbitrary juxtapositions. Animals, people, consumer goods, military equipment, and other detritus float across different planes in an ambiguous film-space. The film is structured into five “events,” preceded by a brief introduction.

“The collaborative relationship with Gehman and Hidalgo inform the making of each of Ariganello’s film and are visible upon viewing in terms of how they influence and shape each project as a whole, but also as a life’s work. In the two films with Gehman, for instance, one can see a dedicated attention to detail on the part of the filmmakers as far as stop-motion animation is concerned. This is exhibited by the playfulness in the interaction between images, as well as with the complementary non-diegetic sound, to humorous effect. Non-Zymase Pentathlon is just shy of six minutes of post-modern cinematic bombast, enacting a more whimsical take on the 1960s collage films of the National Film Board’s Arthur Lipsett, and his critiques of the perils of post-War capitalism.” Long Live the films of Roberto Arigenello by James Missen, CFMDC Study Guide

“This film makes use of the commercial imagery of post-war North America, culled from the pages of Life, Maclean’s, National Geographic, and their ilk, animating these pictures in absurd and absurd juxtapositions. Animals, people, consumer goods, military equipment, and other detritus float across different planes in an ambiguous film-space.” (Amanda Dawn Christie)