In one of the many e-mails Joan Pons and I exchange every week on the translation of all these articles published by O (yes, I’m the one translating them into English every week!), I don’t know how or why the thing ended up with him asking me: “and why don’t you write something? C’mon, if you want, why don’t you start with a Weekly GIF? That means you can write about anything you want, basically…” And I thought, “hey, and why not?”
I’ve been following a collage artist on Instagram for a while called Kalen Hollomon and I thought I could write about him because apart from filling his account with hilarious little static gems (in which he mocks the fashion world, mixes eighties porn magazines with the typical Chinese fortune cookie messages or puts pics of other people’s bums on unaware pedestrians, take a look), he has lately started to use the GIF format too to grant his works some movement.
And so I started typing and ended up writing a text that was quite boring, really, on the boom of collage in this day and age, blah, blah, blah, and on why for some reason this man’s playful GIFs reminded me of what Terry Gilliam did for Monty Python’s Flying Circus (because both are as irreverent? Because both use cut-outs?)… And so I’ve been postponing the whole thing for weeks with Joan asking me every so often: “didn’t you say you were going to write a Weekly GIF? So, what about your Weekly GIF, how’s it going?” Oops! Until the other night I just thought: “look, don’t think so much about it, let your subconscious deal with it instead and something will come up…”
So I close the laptop and go to my good old friend Jota’s bar, Pony Sant Antoni, to meet another good old friend, Fer. I start telling Fer about my recent trip to Japan from last Christmas when all of a sudden he asks me: “what was it there, winter or summer?” and so, as usual, we proceed to rave a bit, and the conversation ends up going somewhat like this
–It’s winter, man, just like here. It’s the same hemisphere, right?
–I never understood what do seasons have to do with hemispheres; I just don’t get that.
–Well, it’s the Earth’s revolution what causes seasons, right?
–Yes, OK, but what does distance to the Sun has to do with seasons? If it were just that, it would be the same season at the same time in the whole planet…
–[And then Jota intervenes, and is right, as usual]: It’s because of the Earth’s axis tilt, isn’t it?
–Of course! It’s both due to its tilt and to revolution. And night and day are created by rotation. Man, the two movements of the Earth, don’t you remember that from school, Fer?
–Well, the Earth makes a lot more movements than those two, you know? The Earth is a fucking maraca!
As I walk back home I get a WhatsApp message from Fer with a link to a page explaining the Earth’s nutation (pardon?) movement and, wait a minute here, Chandler’s wobble… Whaaaaaat??? Chandler’s “wobble”? Are you kidding me?? And that’s meant to be a scientific name??
I get home. I go to bed. My subconscious starts doing its own thing and when I wake up the now overdue article on Hollomon pops up in my mind again: “look, what you have to do is choose one of his GIFs and focus just on that one”… And all of a sudden there appears in my mind this wobbling bum… thanks Mr. Chandler! But on top of that, in my mental version the bum is moving to the beat of a song from who knows when that went: “Wiggle it, just a little bit”… Wow, man! What did those beers have last night? Or was it the tapas? ‘Cause my head really is a fucking maraca now…