Nutty Buddies

Nutty Buddies

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NUTTY. 1. ADJECTIVE. If you describe food as nutty, you mean that it tastes of nuts, has the texture of nuts, or is made with nuts. example: “nutty butter cookies.” 2. ADJECTIVE. If you describe someone as nutty, you mean that their behavior is very strange or foolish. [informal, disapproval] example: “He was undoubtedly a bit nutty.” “That’s a nutty idea.” synonyms: mad, crazy [informal], bananas [slang], barking [slang]. source: Collins Dictionary.

Product Description

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NUTTY. 1: having or producing nuts. 2: having a flavor like that of nuts. 3: ECCENTRIC, SILLY. also : mentally unbalanced. Synonyms: balmy, barmy [chiefly British], bats, batty, bedlam, bonkers, brainsick, bughouse [slang], certifiable, crackbrained, cracked, crackers, crackpot, cranky [dialect], crazed, crazy, cuckoo, daffy, daft, demented, deranged, fruity [slang], gaga, haywire, insane, kooky (also kookie), loco [slang], loony (also looney), loony tunes (or looney tunes), lunatic, mad, maniacal (also maniac), mental, meshuga (or meshugge also meshugah or meshuggah), moonstruck, non compos mentis, nuts, psycho, psychotic, scatty [chiefly British], screwy, unbalanced, unhinged, unsound, wacko (also whacko), wacky (also whacky), wud [chiefly Scottish]. source: Merriam-Webster Dictionary.


Shayna Ambers

content note: mental distress, diet culture

The musical sequence starts with a breath.

“Just Breathe”.

The dirty, blue-haired dancer lies in a black leotard on the floor of a dusty warehouse, and her eyes open.

An audible heartbeat begins, and follows the movement through the rest of the piece. The movement itself is not choreographed to the metronome of the heartbeat, and this provides a sort of dissonance as the picture trades back and forth between a dancer in an old warehouse, a dirty black scale, a college student comforted by her chicken squishmallow and emotional support animal in her messy “depression room”, and a black screen. 

The piece continues, and the movement becomes more sporadic and follows the heartbeat less.

The same female voice in the audio that reminded us to breathe highlights the “thoughts running ‘round my head”, as electronic beeps and pulses fade in and take their place alongside the continued heartbeat. The frames continue to switch between the same four film sequences as before: a dancer in an old warehouse, a dirty black scale, a college student comforted by her chicken squishmallow and emotional support animal in her messy “depression room”, and a black screen. 

A door opens suddenly; the film repeats the opening scene. The dancer’s eyes close this time instead of open, and the screen goes black.

Creator/Content Notes:

Aside from the bed-sitting, this piece is devised from old movement sequences that live in my computer archives. These sequences are not new, nor were they filmed specifically for this project. They are displaced; parts of a whole not made for here nor there, a reminder of the depression that made filming new material all but impossible.

This piece, fully titled INTO THE CRAZY HOUSE, is an excerpt from a (forthcoming) larger whole entitled Mind’s Eye.

Thank you.

music: compilation sounds from Splice editor
“composer”: shayna ambers
performer: shayna ambers (special appearance by Mozzie the ESA).

NUTTY. Crazy, Gnarly, Nuts, Goofy, Extreme, Awesome, Peculiar, Weird. example: “Spy that animal, it looks like a mix between a dolphin and a Loch Ness Monster.” “That’s a pretty Nutty combination.” source: Urban Dictionary.