ants in the legs is an absurdist alien pop image agency of decentered fiction science ‘healthy lifestyle choice’ scenarios, abstracting the mimetic data economy spectacle. Inspired by the nexus of film and video art under the influence of the internet, the project presents queer, improvised identity as the complex site of exchange and experience within a collapsing colonialist, patriarchal, capitalist cult narrative.
“ANTS IN THE LEGS overwhelms me completely. It certainly will be in the list of my top ten most favourite films I saw in 2017…It reminds me of two of my most favourite films of all time. One is I-BE AREA (2007, Ryan Trecartin), because both ANTS IN THE LEGS and I-BE AREA are extremely funny and energetic, and portray one actor or one actress in various styles. The other film is VIDEO 50 (1978, Robert Wilson), because both VIDEO 50 and ANTS IN THE LEGS put scenes which seem to be unrelated to each other with each other, and sometimes this kind of weird juxtaposition results in one of the most hilarious moments I have ever experienced in my life.” Jit Phokaew, Independent Reviewer, Bangkok Underground Film Festival
“Set against the backdrop of contemporary Sydney, Danielle Zorbas explores the depravities of modern living with a cinematic barrage of ‘bad art’ aesthetic drenched scenarios and absurd archetypes in this memetic piece of non-linear video art that will leave you second guessing your surroundings.” Sam Freeman, Bangkok Underground Film Festival
“As confronting as the relentless, oversaturated mania of ‘Ants’ may be, it feels undeniably true to the cultural moment we’re in right now. Truth is precisely what Danielle seeks to “queer” with her practice and in a media landscape scarred by fake news and anxious to define itself as “post-truth,” there is nothing we need more.” Xiaoran Shi, i-D Vice
Danielle Zorbas is a Greek-Australian filmmaker and researcher whose work has screened at internationally at festivals and galleries including Bangkok Underground Film Festival, Revelation Perth International Film Festival, The Picture Show, NYC, Atlantic City Cinefest, Underbelly Arts Festival, Sydney, Demons Mouth Gallery, Oslo, Chicago AMARCORD Arthouse Television & Video Awards, Alaska Projects for safARI Arts Festival, Sydney, ACRE TV, Chicago, International Music Video Festival, Paris, Volumes, Zurich.
Danielle co-curates video art exhibitions, presents at film and academic conferences, has been published by Dissect Journal and is a casual academic at the University of Technology, Sydney and Macquarie University. daniellezorbas.com
Bangkok Underground Film Festival, February, 2017
Chicago AMARCORD Arthouse Television & Video Awards, December, 2016
RE/NIGHT/LIVE/MARE, ACRE TV, 1 November-31 December, 2016
Sightlines: Filmmaking in the Academy Conference, RMIT University, 27-29 November, 2016
LA Underground Film Forum, (Honorable Mention), November, 2016
Pune Independent Film Festival, November, 2016
Women’s Only Entertainment Festival, October, 2016
safARI Arts Festival, Alaska Projects, Sydney, 11-26 March, event screening 19th March, 2016