In conversation with curator Ziba Ardalan, Belgian artist David Claerbout explains the making of his animated film “The Pure Necessity” (2016). The 15-minute film is based on the Disney classic “The Jungle Book” (1967). Claerbout sees his project not as an adaptation, but as a remake of the 1960s original. He leaves out the human child Mowgli and the humanization of the animals. There is no more communication between the protagonists; narration has given way to silence.
“There is this relationship between slowness and speed, which you can never escape in a film.”
– David Claerbout