A Small Fee (2009) uses sentences taken from the script of the movie West Side Story (USA 1961). By reducing them to a quick paced graphic “dialogue”, the sentences become extremely current and seem to be referring to present political and ideological conflicts. The verbal conflict occurs within two distinguished groups, natives and immigrants, touching issues of racism, the desire of acceptance vs. the will to exclude. The sentences are bright, colorful, fast paced and formally “scream” at the viewer. Soon it becomes clear that the object of the conflict is an America that reveals its political failure and that hasn’t fulfilled its promise for wealth and happiness.
Created by David Krippendorff (Germany).
Software: Adobe Photoshop, Final Cut Pro.