The Parasite of Fear // 2020
A creature inspired by the (current) conspiratory speculation about 5G tower masts emitting radiation that caused and/or cause the COVID-19 infection. The Parasite of Fear is the embodiment of this specific conspiracy theory. The voice-over narrative speaks of a perspective of fear and challenge, a speculation and a conspiracy but also a stance towards “truth” or at least clarification. It speaks of a viral infection, not necessarily in the physiological sense but (perhaps) digital, the memetic virus that emerges through our phones and screens, from the radiating towers.
During the creation of the creature I dived into conspiracy theories and tried to get int the mindset of the people that narrate and believe them. Beside that I looked at existing creatures that made me think of these people and the theory itself and created a combination. I have always had a fascination for mythical creatures and origin myth stories. This was for me an opportunity to finally draw again and use that fascination.
Rosa Zwiers: concept, graphic design, video editing, drawing, sound design.
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