Artist Projects

Tender Bodies


James Duesing

In Tender Bodies, a 10-minute computer animation set in an environment of hills, animal characters serve as archetypal surrogates for humans. The overlapping story revolves around the characters of Kisser, a carnivore who delights in seduction and consumption, and Other, an outsider who is hunted and dissected at a party. The overarching themes include dependency on consumption and status, the need for spectacle, and the cultural role of outsiders. In an effort to communicate as broadly as possible, Tender Bodies is created without dialogue, but with easily identifiable rules that govern the characters and setting.

Project Updates

  • 2010: Tender Bodies screens at Museum of Modern Art in New York as part of Creative Capital film festival

  • 2009: An image from Tender Bodies is on the cover of the new book by Robert Russett, Hyperanimation Digital Images and Virtual Worlds

  • 2003: Tender Bodies premieres at 911 Media Art Center in Seattle

  • 2003: Tender Bodies screens at the International Animation Film Festival as part of the Best of the World program in Zurich, Switzerland

  • 2004: Tender Bodies screens at the Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival in France

  • 2004: Tender Bodies screens at the Museum of Modern Art in New York