An ode to children's resilience
Studio Beerdier is fascinated by the way in which children bounce back from a major illness,
both physically and mentally. Playing with light, color and movement, the artists use colorful
stop-motion animations to investigate what happens on a microscopic scale during cancer treatment.
In video artwork MICRO|MACRO, Studio Beerdier gives an impression of a child's cancer treatment.
The starting point for this animated film is the resilience of children: in general, children can undergo more intensive treatments than adults, because their bodies have a better ability to recover.
This “superpower” is often underexposed in childhood cancer coverage.
During their visits to the Princess Máxima Center, Studio Beerdier found out that children know a lot about their illness and treatment. To bring these stories to light, the artist duo organized stop-motion animation workshops on location. During these workshops, the children transformed clay into a colorful group of figures, cells and games.
Under individual supervision they depicted what occupied them in the Princess Máxima Center.
His little brother Flynn (11) animates Pjotr taming a dragon,
and then defeating an enemy.
Pjotr (13) shows how Chemo Casper and Radio Robbie
fight cancer together.
Pjotr in his hospital bed
In his body the little Caspers
Radio Robbie in action
Pjotr tames the dragon
Together, they defeat the enemy
On to Dragon Island!
Renzo (11) shows how his medicine works:
"Because an antenna disappears,
diseased cells stop dividing.
That's how the Chemo works better."
Renzo takes his medication
Quincy (10) made two animations:
In her first video, monsters have
lots of fun with a game.
Her second shows how more and more diseased cells disappear
as a result of multiple chemotherapy treatments.
Chemo (green stripes) removes diseased cells
Studio Beerdier is an artist duo, consisting of Charlotte de Vries and Karenina van den Crommenacker.
The interaction between artistic and scientific research is central to their work:
the makers see many similarities between the curiosity of a scientist and an artist.