Monkey Drummer is a 2.5 minute piece commissioned by the Anthony d’Offay Gallery. It was meant to be a companion piece to flex, but wasn’t finished in time for the September 2000 exhibition.
Completed in 2001, the short is a humorous, kinetic study of a mechanical being with nine appendages—six arms, two legs, and one, ahem, drumstick—all seemingly controlled by the head of a monkey, though it’s unclear what’s in control here. Each flesh-and-blood body part, jutting from a black steel appendage, plays an instrument in Aphex Twin’s hyperactive, dense Mt Saint Michel + Saint Michaels Mount, the 10th track on his 2001 album druqks.
The overall effect is somewhat off-putting. Each body part acts authentically human, while being controlled so mechanically. Indeed each limb belongs to drummer Sigtryggur “Siggi” Baldursson, founding member of the Sugarcubes, who was shot multiple times in these various positions, and whose torso was chopped off in post. —director-file.com
In 1989, Cunningham worked at Spitting Image, building animatronic robot arms and sculpting caricatures for the TV series. In 1990 he worked on sculpture and animatronics for the film Alien 3.
After seeing Cunningham’s work on the 1994 film version Judge Dredd, Stanley Kubrick head hunted Cunningham to design and supervise animatronic tests of the central robot child character in his version of the film A.I. Cunningham worked for over a year on the film A.I., before leaving to pursue a career as a director.
Earlier work in film included model making, prosthetic make-up and concept illustrations for Hardware and Dust Devil with director Richard Stanley, as well as Nightbreed. In 1990–1992 he contributed the occasional cover painting and strip for Judge Dredd Megazine, working under the pseudonym Chris Halls, the surname of his stepfather.
Cunningham has had close ties to Warp Records since his first production for Autechre. Videos… read more
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